Why is it Important to Bowl for Kids?
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides life-changing mentoring services to approximately 1,000 children each year. Children enrolled in our program do better in school, avoid risky behaviors, have better social interactions and go on to college at rates that are twice the national average for their peers. For every child we serve, there is another child on our waiting list who is longing to be matched with a Big Brother or Sister of their own. We have 600 children who are currently waiting for mentors. Funds raised through Bowl for Kids will allow us to serve more children and families here in Central Texas. Your support makes a very real, and meaningful difference for children in our community.
Where can I find my team photo?
Looking for your awesome Bowl For Kids team photos? You can find them posted to our Flickr site shortly after the event. If you have any questions about your photos, please email Blindfors@BigMentoring.org or call 512-807-3612. Thanks for being a part of Bowl for Kids! You can access our Flickr albums here
What if I want more than 6 people on my team (including myself)?
Bowl for Kids teams are made up of 6 bowlers. To invite more than 5 friends, just start a second team online. Please note that due to space limitations on bowling lanes, your additional teams will also have a team goal of raising $750. So, if you have two teams, your total goal is $1,500 (you're sponsoring a child for a year!). If you're looking to have multiple corporate teams, or to start an industry bowl, please contact Patty Morton at 512.807.3615 or pmorton@bigmentoring.org.
What corporate sponsorship opportunities are available?
Corporate sponsorships are critical to the success of our event. Please see our Sponsorship Opportunities, or contact Patty Morton, event manager, at 512.807.3615 or by email at pmorton@bigmentoring.org
Is my donation secure?
Don’t worry, it’s 100% safe and secure. We use industry-standard SSL (secure socket layer) technology to protect your information and provide a safe and secure environment for online donations. A donation receipt will be sent to you at the email address you provide. If you have questions about your donation, please email Patty Morton at pmorton@bigmentoring.org
When are my donations due?
Donations are due by April 27, 2018. We strongly encourage you to have all donations confirmed before April 27 to ensure your team will be eligible to bowl. Before you arrive at the bowling alley, don’t forget to collect your donations and pledge sheet(s). If all your donations were online, then you're all set!
How do I make a donation?
Thank you for making a difference for Central Texas' kids! You can either donate online and receive a donation receipt via email OR if you'd like to mail your donation, please print this donation form, and mail it to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas Attn: Bowl for Kids P.O. Box 4555 Austin, TX 78765 ** Please make checks payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
When and where is the event happening?
Bowl for Kids 2018 is scheduled to take place Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28, 2018. The event will be held at Highland Lanes: Highland Lanes 8909 Burnet Road Austin, TX 78757 (Map). Several time slots are available each day. Once your team has raised a minimum of $750, contact Patty Morton at 512-807-3615 sign up for a bowling slot.
Of the money I raise, how much will go directly to children served?
The best part is all Bowl for Kids expenses are completely underwritten by our corporate sponsors; therefore, 100 percent of the money raised through team participation goes to support the children here in our community.  Your contributions will be used to match more children in Central Texas with the caring mentors they deserve.
How do I raise money?
The best way to reach your individual or your team's donation goal is by asking people to support your cause. On your personalized Bowl for Kids webpage, you can easily customize your images and text, send custom e-mail messages, update your Facebook status, and tweet! Get started right away: 1. First, log in to your personal page. 2. Now, you can send e-mails, tweet or post to Facebook. If you choose email, your contacts will receive an email from you with a direct link to your donation page! They can even request that their employer match the donation, which will count toward your team goal. (Email Patty Morton at pmorton@bigmentoring.org for more information about company matching donations.) 3. Besides fundraising online, you can also print a pledge sheet and place it in your workplace, church, gym or anywhere else! The pledge sheet is a great way to gather off-line donations, or drive traffic to your team page.
How do I register?
To start a team or register, contact Patty Morton at 512.807.3615 or pmorton@bigmentoring.org. To participate as a fundraiser you may choose one of three options: Start a Team, Join a Team, or Join as an Individual.
  • When you Start a Team, you designate yourself as Team Captain, choose a name for your team, and actively solicit team members who will join your efforts to raise money for BBBS through Bowl for Kids.
  • When you Join a Team, you are joining a team that has already been formed by a Team Captain. You will be asked to search for and select the team by the team name. You may want to contact the Team Captain for the team name if needed.
  • If you choose the Join as an Individual option, you are registering to help raise money on your own without the help of team members.
How does BFK work?
Step 1: Team up with five of your co-workers, friends or family! After that, make sure each member registers online and joins your team. The goal is to raise a minimum of $750 per team. Step 2: Each team member will actively fundraise by asking people they know to support the children in our community by making donations to Bowl for Kids. Donors can donate directly online or you can collect checks or cash donations with a pledge sheet and bring it to the event. Step 3: Round up a costume related to this year's theme! Check out our Pinterest board for inspiration on costume ideas. Also, share how thrilled you are to be a part of BFK on Facebook and Twitter. Step 4: After your team has reached (or exceeded!) their fundraising goal, contact Patty Morton at 512.807.3615 or at pmorton@bigmentoring.org before the weekend of April 27, 2018, to sign up for a 2-hour bowling time slot. At the event, your team will get two free games of bowling (including shoes and a ball), food, drinks, souvenir team photos, chances to win door prizes and much more! Become “Very Important Bowlers” by raising a minimum of $1,250 - the cost to provide a child with a mentoring relationship for a full year (learn more)! If you have any questions along the way, please contact us. We're here to help!