BBBS celebrates 40 years in area with disco-themed bowling bash

Samantha Hill

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is part of many Big Brothers Big Sisters organizations’ repertoire, but for Park County, this year has an extra something special to go with it.

On Saturday, BBBS is celebrating its 40th year in Park and Sweet Grass counties, and to commemorate the occasion, the organization will have its annual bowling bash fundraiser disco themed.

“This is the first year we have done a themed event,” Director Carly Colgan said.

The theme is based on the year BBBS started in the area — 1977.

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is a fundraiser by groups of coworkers, family or friends of BBBS. Colgan said the groups raise about 30 percent of the the organization’s operating fees for the year, or $40,000.

Colgan said each group does a six-week pledge drive to raise about $100 for the organization. At the end of those six weeks, the groups will celebrate with bowling and pizza.

Justice Court Judge Linda Cantin said she has been involved with the organization since about 2000.

Cantin, who has worked as the “big sister” to a few different girls over the years, said it is a big step for the BBBS to celebrate so many years in the county.

“It is so darn awesome that it has been around that long for the kids,” she said.

Cantin said she will be on a team with her “little sister” Desi Swanson, along with a few other people. With a few days left before the Bowling for Kids’ Sake event, she said the two still need to figure out if they will wear a costume.

Colgan said that people may donate to the cause up until the event.

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