April 4 was a day of heavy snow, but Rhinelander’s first Bowl for Kids’ Sake was a roaring success. Ten teams enjoyed an evening of fun, food, laughter, prizes, music, bowling and silliness including the mummy wrap and polka dancing contests. It was Big Brothers Big Sisters thank you to these bowlers who raised more than $4,500.
Here’s the shortlist of who made the event a success:
The fundraising teams of Star Journal (two teams), Associated Bank, Crescent Corners, Doctors Foster and Smith, Hanson’s Havocs, Rhinelander Hillbillies, Kohl’s, Hodag Hubbubs and WJFW.
The 40 Northwoods businesses that wrote checks and/or donated raffle prizes. Supporters include media sponsors WJFW and Star Journal; and Strike Sponsors ($250 or more) AmericInn; Apple Love Music; CoVantage Credit Union; First National Bank of Park Falls; Hawk’s Nest Canoe Outfitters; MSA Professional Services; Slaby, Deda, Marshall, Reinhard and Writz Law; and Trig’s. Raffle winners include Jennifer Sackett who won the 50/50 and Nancy Otto who won her choice of 4-day Country or Rock Fest tickets.
The top fundraising team was Associated Bank, top fundraising individual was Big Brothers Big Sisters Northwoods Regional Board President Lois Ruediger, and Doctors Foster and Smith won the Costume Contest. They were very good zombies.
Volunteers who kept things rolling were Sylvia and Tyrone Schave, Dawn Rog, Kohl’s Associates in Action, and Lois Ruediger.
Two staffers from Eau Claire headquarters—CEO and Emcee Craig Monson and Director of Marketing Christina Thrun—drove over through the storm. Big Brothers Big Sisters would not be offering services in Rhinelander if not for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin, and it was great to have Craig and Christina here to show us how to turn two games of bowling into two hours of memorable hilarity.
A special thanks to Hodag Lanes Sharon Cline and staff, Scott Kirby a.k.a. DJ Skirby, Jennifer Sacket of Kinship, Jo Waltenberg of Associated Bank, Michelle Miller of Doctors Foster and Smith, and Mayor Johns who proclaimed April 4 as Big Brothers Big Sisters Day.
We are excited to be partnering with the School District of Rhinelander to offer School-based mentoring. On behalf of the Northwoods ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ who will be matched because of all of you, thank you. Rhinelander has Started Something Big.
Mary Kinnunen, Development & Marketing Coordinator, Northwoods Branch of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin