Bowl for kids strikes up $53,000

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It was a rocking good time at this year’s Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid’s Sake with the organization managing to raise more than $53,000 to help county youth.

With a rock and roll theme, the Heather Lanes bowling alley was packed with rock stars of all kinds having a good time and out to support their community.

“Certainly it was an incredible day for sure,” said Margie Grant-Walsh, executive director of BBBS Pictou County. It is expected that with donations trickling in over the next month that the organization will meet its proposed goal of $55,000.

Grant-Walsh added that she was happy to see a lot of new faces out during the event as well as new interest in the agency’s programs. There was an increase this year in participation as well with the number of teams going from 86 last year to 104 this year.

“We find it’s a great place for us to showcase what we do,” Grant-Walsh said. The organization receives a lot of feedback as well as new interest in people helping out with the organization or signing up a child.

Grant-Walsh mentioned that they find the event a great time for people to check out the organization and learn more about what they do in a very relaxed atmosphere — although anyone thinking about becoming a big brother or big sister is welcome to drop in to the organization’s office in New Glasgow and meet with representatives for information with no commitment.

Working the pledge desk on Saturday were, from the left, Judith Rogers, Carla Spears, George Cameron and Jillian MacNeil while Mike MacKean, a past president of the Big Brothers board, turns in his pledge sheet. (Jardine photo)

INSET PHOTO:  Mary Frances Galvin of Big Brothers Big Sisters Pictou County, hits ECFM’s Alex Theriault in the face with a piece of cake after Theriault lost a bet he made with co-worker Ann MacGregor for BBBS earlier in the week. (Brimicombe photo)