Larry Sider knows firsthand how the money he raises benefits the children in our programs – he was a Big Brother from 1994 to 1997. Larry first became involved in Bowl for Kids Sake 25 years ago and he has been organizing the Investors Group teams ever since. Over the years, Larry has used a number of fundraising techniques including using on-line fundraising, making use of the Investor Group’s matching program and approaching everyone he can think of for a donation. In addition to being one of our top on-line fundraisers, Larry has consistently been a Matchmaker. Last year, he raised $2060.
The folks at MRSB have really embraced the team building aspect of Bowl for Kids Sake. To raise money, they hold a pancake breakfast for everyone in their building. In 2013, the added a baking contest, which raised money and provided treats for everyone! MRSB are Matchmakers - in 2013, they raised more than $1800. Bowl for Kids Sake weekend falls within MRSB's busy tax season, so team members go to work on Saturday morning, head to our event, and then go to lunch together.
The Juice Zone has been raising money during Bowl for Kids Sake for many years. The team is also involved in team fundraising which includes employees pooling their tips. In 2013, the Juice Zone set a new fundraising goal - they decided to become Matchmakers and raised more than $1200. Young Harper Hippenstall held two successful bake sales to help the team reach their goal!
For the last three years, Big Brothers Big Sisters staff has traveled to Albany to reward the Scotiabank staff, our top fundraising team, with a Subway Lunch on Us. They are formidable fundraisers; in the three years they have been involved, the Scotiabank Albany team has raised $9000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI. Team members ask everyone they come in contact with to sponsor them and they send out letters to people they don’t have regular face-to- face contact with. While at the bank, we noticed a teller going out to a car to help a customer with mobility problems. No wonder the bank is such an important part of the community.
Gerard “Foot” Cudmore
When Foot Cudmore got involved with Bowl for Kids Sake 23 years ago, the fundraiser was held at the YMCA and it was called Bowl for Millions. Over the years, he has raised tens of thousands of dollars. He has been our top fundraiser for as long as we can remember. Last year, he raised $2495, which is his highest total to date. Foot is the Parts Manager at Superior Sanitation, a long-time winner of the BFKS Corporate Challenge. When he is not busy with Bowl for Kids Sake, Foot also organizes a company golf tournament and company BBQs that support the CFCY Christmas Miracle. Last year, they raised enough to buy 65 Christmas gifts for Island children.
For the 5th year running, the Employee Charity Committee at Invesco held
their February Frenzy to support their Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Leading up to the event, Invesco employees were encouraged to purchases their tickets in advance for a chance to win a $150 gift certificate. Invesco employees came out in their best 80s fashions and posed for pictures at the “80s photo booth”. In all, their event raised $700, which went towards their final team total for 2012 of $4142. In 2012, Invesco's ten teams raised the highest overall amount. Invesco is also a National Sponsor of Bowl for Kids Sake
There aren’t many teams that can say they have been participating in Bowl for Kids Sake for as long as Tremploy! Teams from Tremploy have been supporting the fundraiser for more than 25 years. Over that time, they have raised more than $25,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of PEI. Each year, eight to ten intellectually challenged adults come together to form two teams. Although the team is supported by two staff members, the clients primarily raise funds on their own by collecting pledges and by running a bake sale. Last year, the team raised $1275, earning everyone a t-shirt.