Bowl For Kids’ Sake slated for March 3rd and 10th

The annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest fundraiser of the year, raising money to help children in need get matched with mentors and participate in various programs and activities.

Mentors (bigs) and mentees (littles) are invited to bowl, but one doesn’t need to be enrolled in the program to participate. Friends, families, co-workers, and businesses can all form bowling teams.

Instead of three bowling sessions, as was offered in the past, this year’s event has five different times available: Saturday, March 3 from 4-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday, March 10 from 1-3 p.m.; 4-6 p.m., and 7-9 p.m. at Wayward Social (formerly Totem Bowl).

“Our theme this year is the ‘Justice League’ and our slogan is: ‘Saving the world, Little by Little,'” said Lynne Carroll, who serves as executive director of BBBS.

Teams will consist of 4-5 bowlers, who each pay $55 to bowl (same rate for adults and children). Two games are included in the rate, as well as shoe rental, free T-shirt (for those who pre-register only), food and prizes. To ensure that you receive a T-shirt (with sponsorship credit), register by Feb. 23.

“We will take registration up to the day before, as space allows,” Carroll said. “Our March 3, 7-9 p.m. slot is already filled. We have businesses that like to sponsor lanes, and we credit them on banners.”

All funds raised remain in Marshall County and are used to match an adult with a child who is in need of a mentor.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a FUNdraiser and our largest fundraiser of the year. It is a fun way to spend time together while raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters,” Carroll said.

A total of 30 children are currently on the waiting list for Marshall County to be matched with a mentor. In 2017, the Heart of Iowa Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), headquartered at 811 E. Main St., provided mentors for 161 youngsters for its school-based and community-based programs. New last year was the addition of serving youngsters enrolled in the West Marshall School District.

Team sign up is available at: and via email at:, or by calling: 641-753-6370.

To become a school-based mentor, applicants must be 16 years old or older, and 18 or older for the community-based program. Those interested undergo a background check and must provide references.


Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or