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Bowk For Kids’ Sake kickoff event set for Jan. 19

LOCAL CELEBS TO HELP KICKOFF ‘BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE’

Mall patrons will have the chance to face off with radio and TV personalities during a fun morning of Wii bowling

 

 

WILKES-BARRE-  “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013,” the signature fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, is set for Saturday, March 23 at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre. Last year’s event attracted nearly 300 teams and raised $92,000 for the local chapter of the nationally recognized mentoring program.

In celebration and in anticipation of “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge will host a “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013 Kickoff” on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Wyoming Valley Mall. The event, which will be held near the inside entrance to Sears, will feature “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013” honorary chairs Frankie Warren of Magic 93 and Tom and Noreen Clark of WNEP-TV and will offer mall patrons the opportunity to face off against them during a fun morning of video game bowling using the Wii. The “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013” kickoff games with Frankie, Tom and Noreen will be “bowled” on a 72-inch flat screen TV. Bowlers will be chosen on a first-come basis, though those that register a team for Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013 will be given the first chance to throw some strikes and try to outscore the Big Brothers Big Sisters supporters from radio and television.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge is a program of Catholic Social Services and a United Way partner agency.

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Local Celebs Headline 30th Anniversary of Bowl for Kids’ Sake


Special Rally on December 1 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Wilkes-Barre, PA –Tom and Noreen Clark of WNEP-TV along with Frankie Warren of Magic 93 and his wife, Erin, are the honorary chairpersons for the 30th Anniversary of Bowl for Kids’ Sake benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (BBBS).

The Clarks and Warrens are scheduled to attend a special kick off rally celebrating 30 years of Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Thursday, December 1 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. All former chairpersons, business leaders, board members and volunteers from past events will be invited as well as others who made Bowl for Kids’ Sake so successful in raising money to support youth mentoring in our area.

Tom Clark serves as WNEP-TVs chief meteorologist, a role he’s held for nearly 30 years. He volunteered each year for the last decade as a guest host for Bowl for Kids’ Sake at the Stanton Lanes location. Noreen Clark is also a meteorologist for WNEP and is popular regional celebrity promoting community events through her “In Your Neighborhood” segments on WNEP.

Frankie Warren has been the morning host on WMGS-FM, Magic 93, for 23 years. For most of that time, he served as a celebrity host of Bowl for Kids’ Sake and used his radio show to promote the important youth mentoring work of BBBS.

BBBS performs important youth mentoring work, matching up children with adult, college and high school mentors who become important role models in the lives of the youth. Research has shown that youth mentoring is an effective way to improve the lives of certain at-risk youth.

With the money raised for Bowl for Kids Sake 2011, donors helped the agency match 1,300 children with volunteers.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at varies sites in our area. Simply collect pledges and donations and bowl one game on March 31. Bowlers raising $50 or more are eligible for incentive prizes including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and gift cards.

Businesses and community organizations can also be a sponsor of the event at various levels and share their community spirit with the 1,500 bowlers who participate locally each year. For more information and to register, visit www.bbbswb.org and click on the Bowl for Kids’ Sake link. Interested persons can also call the agency at 570-824-8756.

Tom & Noreen Clark

Frankie Warren

Summer Raffle 2011 Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 summer raffle.

A big thank you to all who donated prizes, purchased tickets and helped make this a successful event.

Winner Prize
1 Vera Skiricki Kinect for Xbox 360 w/Dance station with flat Screen TV
2 Bob Chopick Penguin Box for a Game w/14 Tickets-Citizens Bank
3 Joe Brogan $ 250 AAA Travel Certificate
4 Rita Stepanski $ 250 AAA Travel Certificate
5 Homer Berlew Golf  “Goodie”  Bag – Blue Cross of NEPA
6 Bernie Sabol Assorted Kitchen Wares- First Liberty Bank
7 Gloria Dalessandro Ladies Fashion Necklace from Lia Sophia > Blue Cross of NEPA
8 Robert Willson Ladies Fashion Necklace from Lia Sophia > Blue Cross of NEPA
9 Joe Schwab Ladies Fashion Bracelet from Lia Sophia > Blue Cross of NEPA
10 Paul G. Batyko III $25 Bedwick’s Pharmacy & Gifts Certificate ross of NEPA
11 Marco DeLuca $25 Grotto Pizza Gift Certificate y> ross of NEPA
12 Frank Yekel $25 Oyster Restaurant Gift Certificate
13 Pat Smaka ½ hr Massage Gift Certificate – Time Out Wellness Center
14 Terri Stashik Car Travel Items- First Liberty Bank

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2011 Prize Winners

The top prize, a get-away to Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded to Chris Bedwick of Wilkes-Barre, who raised $1,622.  Wonderful job, Chris!!  Mini-vacations went to the following winners:  Bob Derlunas of Nesquehoning, Chad Weaver of Berwick, Audrey Hower of Bloomsburg, Jonathan Schwab of Bloomsburg, and Chris Ardizoni of Mount Pocono.  The large screen TV was awarded to Jay Jarrett of Berwick.  Congratulations to everyone!

BFKS Raffle Winners Announced

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the raffle at Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011 in Wilkes-Barre. Below are the prizes and winners.

  • W/B Scranton Penguins Signed Hockey Stick and Goody Bag – Mark
  • $100 Gift Card – Nutrifitness Boot Camp – TJ
  • $100 Gift Card – Nutrifitness Boot Camp – Gary
  • Fresh Water Pearl Necklace – Valentines Jewelry & Accessories – Bob Michael
  • $50 Gift Certificate for Hypnosis – Time Out Care Wellness – Kuchtz
  • $50 Gift Certificate for Hypnosis – Time Out Care Wellness – Melida
  • $50 Gift Card – Walmart – Amy
  • $45 “Tuck Away Mate” Gift Card – Outback Steakhouse – Michelle
  • $40 Greens Fee Pass (2) – Sand Springs Country Club – Mary Ellen
  • $40 Greens Fee Pass (2) – Sand Springs Country Club – Sopers
  • $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Jack
  • $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Chelsey
  • $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Bob
  • $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Vince
  • $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – M Alters
  • $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Ken
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Powerhouse Eatery – Brawley
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Mattern’s Floral – Joyces
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Bedwicks Pharmacy & Gifts – Ron W.
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Connor’s Grillroom – Rick L.
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Bear Creek Café – Karen G.
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Circles on the Square – Angie L.
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – Bob
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – Gary
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – J Nolan
  • $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – Jenn B.
  • Meal/Movie Deal – Januzzi’s Pizza – Tom T.
  • Bath/Spa Gift Basket – Patty G.
  • $20 Gift Card – Lucky’s Sporthouse – Rick L.
  • $20 Gift Card – Lucky’s Sporthouse – A. Wellington

If you have any questions, please contact us at 570-824-8756 or men...@bbbsnepa.org.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeking More Than a Few Good Men

Only three of every 10 mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are men leaving over 150 boys idle on the organizations waiting list, some have waited for mentors for years. To address the shortage Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge in the Wyoming Valley will launch its “30 Men in 30 Days” campaign on April 15 to recruit at least 30 male volunteers by May 15. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also asking businesses and organizations to get involved by allowing a BBBS representative to set up a recruitment table, at their business, during lunch and break periods to recruit employees who may be interested in signing up for this program.

Mentoring is no longer an issue of want it’s an urgency with community problems such as violence, truancy, drug and alcohol problems and dropout rates. According to Public/Private Ventures research, children in the one-to-one mentoring program are 52 percent less likely to skip school and 46 percent less likely to start using drugs.

Mentors known as “Bigs” are asked to devote at least one hour two to four times a month for a year. Big Brothers Big Sisters research shows that children or “Littles” often shine with no more than that amount.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is not looking for superheroes but for real men who are willing to spend a little time to make a big change in the life of a child and the community at whole.

For more information or to get involved today call 1-800-955-4376 or enter your zip code below.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge receives grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge receives grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge has received an $8,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation to provide tutoring and literacy programs for Wyoming Valley children who participate in the agency’s after-school program. The program increases the chance children will advance to higher learning. At the presentation, from left, are Monsignor Joseph Kelly, Diocesan secretary for Catholic Human Services; Ron Evans, director; Christine DeMelfi-Ritter, resource and fund development coordinator; Donna Farrell, senior vice-president, regional manager, Citizens Bank; and Bill Joyce, vice-chairman of the board.

BFKS 2011 Kick Off Event “Bowling with Bobby Soper”

“Bowling with Bobby Soper”

Friday, January 14, 2011 at 1 p.m.

Stanton Lanes, Stanton Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA

Wilkes-Barre, PA – Bobby Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, will demonstrate to all of Northeastern Pennsylvania just how easy and fun it is to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake project when he demonstrates his bowling skills at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, January 14 at 1 p.m. Soper will challenge representatives from other major Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsors and Big Brothers Big Sisters board members.

The “Bowling with Bobby Soper” rally, marks the official beginning of the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising project. Soper is the 2011 community volunteer chairperson for Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Wyoming Valley.

This kick off event is designed to bring public awareness to the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser that provides a major portion of the funds to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2011. Last year’s event attracted nearly 1,400 bowlers to Stanton Lanes on a single day. Staff and volunteers will be hard at work between now and then raising money and recruiting volunteer bowlers for this March.

BBBS performs important youth mentoring work, matching up children with adult, college and high school mentors who become important role models in the lives of the youth. Research has shown that youth mentoring is an effective way to improve the lives of certain at-risk youth.

For more information, please contact Tanya Olaviany, program director, at 570-824-8756.

Mohegan Sun President Chairing Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011

Robert (Bobby) Soper Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge has named Robert (Bobby) Soper, President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as Chairperson for The Wyoming Valley’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011. Since January 2005, Soper has served as the President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, a harness racetrack, casino and entertainment complex in Plains, PA.  Prior to his current position, he served for four years as a Senior Vice President at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut where he managed various divisions within the company. Bobby has been involved in the community both in Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  Bobby has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Connecticut, Board of Directors and Treasurer of United Way of Wyoming Valley, Board of Directors of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of Misericordia University, Board of Directors for WVIA Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute, Board of Directors of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Scranton Tomorrow. Soper resides in the Back Mountain with his wife and children.

Each year, for more than four decades, Bowl For Kids’ Sake has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies throughout the country.  The premiere fundraiser provides a way for mentors and their friends and families, as well as caring people who might not have time to mentor, to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge agency, part of the largest network of volunteer mentors of youth, relies on funding to carefully match volunteers with children and provide ongoing support to sustain long-term one-to-one mentoring friendships.

Independent studies find “Littles” are more likely to be successful in school, avoid violent, harmful and illegal behaviors and activities, and have strong relationships with their families and others.  Children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters are primarily those of single, low-income or incarcerated parents. Those wishing to begin impacting children’s lives right in our community can participate by challenging themselves to raise $1,000 to help fund a child’s new mentoring opportunity.  Corporate sponsorships are now available for personal businesses and organizations wishing to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011 will be held March 26, at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre Pa. For more information or to help support the children of the Wyoming Valley visit: www.bbbsnepa.org or call 1-800-955-4376.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge is a program of Catholic Social Services and a United Way Partner Agency

Raffle Winners Announced at Walk Around Wilkes-Barre

Winner Prize              
Adam Gawat Donovan McNabb Autographed Philadelphia Eagle Jersey-donated by Virginia Barbecue-Vince & Alison Splendido
Brian Hitchings James Harrison Autographed Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Jersey        
Ric Patton Penguin Box for a Game w/14 Tickets-donated by Citizens Bank        
Carl Mazaleski Asus Eee PC 10.1″ Intel Atom Netbook- donated by Custom Computers        
Bernie Sabol Penn State Recliner- donated by Mahler Lohin & Associates LLC        
Amanda Johnson Penn State Recliner- donated by Mahler Lohin & Associates LLC        
George Morgan In Studio Portrait Sitting & 8×10 Wall Print- donated by A Photo Affair        

Jack Nolan and Doug Currin announce raffle winners at the Westmoreland Club.

Virginia Barbeque Sponsors Big Brothers Big Sisters Day

Local new business, Virginia Barbeque, located in the Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville recently sponsored a Big Brothers Big Sisters Day where a portion of the day’s proceeds benefitted the mentoring program.

Pictured above:  Receiving the check on the left is Tanya Olaviany, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and to the right is Alison Splendido, proprietor of the local Virginia Barbeque franchise.   The trio of “Pigs” are Adrianna Connolly, James Kreidler, and Nicholas Space.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Completes Self Assessment

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, a program sponsored by Catholic Social Services and a United Way agency, is currently completing its annual self assessment required the national agency, BBBS of America. The assessment involves an intensive three month process of examining program performance policies, standards, and operational procedures and is being conducted by the Program Committee of the BBBS Advisory Board. For more information on the BBBS program or to become a volunteer,
please call 1-800-955-HERO.

Shown at a recent work session are assessment participants:Seated are Chris W. Bedwick, Program Committee Chairperson, and Kay Pettinger, Committee Member Standing are Nick Michalisin, Ann Smith & Dennis Toomey, Committee Members; Tanya Olaviany, BBBS Program Director

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