The Heartland Bowling Centre was a frenzy of activity on Friday, Feb. 19 as local businesses and organizations came together to support Heartland Youth Centre’s annual fundraising event, Lloyd’s Bowl for Kids, which raised $10,700.
“Being aware of the current economy and how it has affected Stettler and area definitely had me concerned for the Bowl for Kids fundraiser,” said Winnie Bissett, executive director, Heartland Youth Centre (HYC). “But I was very pleased with the outcome of the event as we raised $10,700 and very appreciative of the community’s support in this challenging economy.”
According to Bissett, the Bowl for Kids evening is always a good time as businesses, organizations and even family teams come out to enjoy some bowling and socializing.
In its 28th year now, funds from this annual event support the operating costs of HYC, which includes Boys and Girls Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.
There were 16 businesses and organizations that participated, along with the afterschool members, teen members and their mentors from the Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.
“Last year’s theme was Wild Wild West, but we kept this year’s theme more fun and colourful with Crayola Crayons,” added Bissett. “Bowl for Kids is a national fundraiser supported by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada with all money raised in each community staying with the local BBBS agency.”
It started in Stettler in 1985, but was renamed Lloyd’s Bowl for Kids in 2007.
“This was in recognition of Lloyd Smith for his incredible fundraising efforts, who, over a 17-year period, raised $71,000,” explained Bissett. “Of the 28 years, Royal Bank of Canada, Stettler Vet Clinic, Stettler FCSS, Q93.3 and Stettler Elementary staff have participated in at least 20, with the Royal Bank staff volunteering at the pledge table for 16 years.”
Bowl for Kids and the Awesome Auction are HYC’s two main annual fundraisers.
“This year’s Awesome Auction is scheduled for Saturday, Jun. 4,” said Bissett. “It includes a steak and lobster dinner, silent and live auction and a dance.”
The theme this year is Disco Fever.
“Dig out your 70s bellbottoms and mini skirts and come get your groove on,” said Bissett.
Tickets will go on sale on Monday, Mar. 21 at HYC.