Mentoring matters

Gear up to Bowl for Kid's Sake


With the warming weather, you might be starting to think about what seeds to plant this year, where that new planter might go on your patio or what trails to take for those spring hikes.

Another spring tradition is Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kid's Sake, which benefits mentoring in Taos and Colfax Counties. This is our longest standing, peer-to -peer fundraising campaign, finishing in a fun bowling celebration of each team's fundraising success.

This year we will grab our polyester suits and platform shoes April 8 for a 1970s disco-themed event at the Gutters Bowling Alley in Taos. There will be three sessions you can sign up for at 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

By participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region's Bowl for Kids' Sake you or your business have the chance to raise funds that make it possible for BBBS to match more youth with a caring adult in Taos and Colfax Counties. As a peer-to-peer fundraiser, BFKS offers everyone in our community a chance to positively affect a child's life.

Participation in BBBS's mentoring programs is always free for the youth and families involved. Your team's efforts help children reach their potential and transform families, schools and communities by providing funding that supports our local matches.

Here's how to get started:

Step 1: Register your team online at Or, you can fax your team roster to Karen Koyote at (505) 983-1280, call (575) 770-5751, or send an email to for assistance.

Step 2: Set a team fundraising goal and aim high. Each team of five players must raise $500 or more ($100 minimum in pledges per bowler). Some of our top teams have raised up to $3,500.

Fundraising can be accomplished many ways. Some teams ask co-workers, friends and family for small donations. Ten, $10 donations is all it takes to reach your minimum $100. That's the price of a latte and a breakfast bagel. Others do separate mini-fundraisers like a bake sale or Frito pie lunch, or a raffle. Others use the tools on the Bowl for Kid's Sake website that can be posted on social media. The ideas are only limited by your imagination.

Step 3: Recruit four more people to join your team. Ask your friends, family, or co-workers. Give each team member a pledge sheet to start reaching your team fundraising goal. The pledge sheets are in the team packets that are found on the website.

Step 4: Motivate your team. Share information about our impact or invite us to talk to your group.

Make sure your team knows what your fundraising goal is and email, text or use your personal BFKS team page to send messages with updates and encouragement.

Recruit other teams to compete with you.

Celebrate successes with the whole team (i.e. Katie just got a $50 donation. Joel has already exceeded his goal of $200. Our team just surpassed the $1,000 mark.)

Step 5: Join us at the bowling center to celebrate your fundraising success. This year we are bowling at the new Gutters Bowling Alley April 8. Dress up in your favorite disco outfit, bowl with your team, win prizes, enjoy free food and drink, try for a raffle item and most of all have fun.