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