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Bowl for Kids raises funds for local mentoring programs


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Cheryl Taivalmaa bowls at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids event Saturday afternoon at Larry's Lucky Strikes in Ironwood.

IRONWOOD – The 14th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids was held at Larry's Lucky Strikes Saturday afternoon.

The event included 3 sessions of bowling. About 100 bowlers and children attended the event. "There are some new teams," said match support coordinator Kristy Recla, "and lots of returning bowlers."

Each participant was required to raise $37 in pledges, which translated into two hours of bowling and free refreshments.

For the last two years, the event has raised $14,000 to $15,000 from bowlers and donations by sponsors. "That's a good year," High 5 Mentoring coordinator Angela Stengard said.

Proceeds benefit the local mentoring programs on the Gogebic Range.

Activities included refreshments and a raffle.

"We're always looking for big brothers and big sisters to help out," said Recla.

The BBBS program operates under UP Kids, an organization dedicated to caring for children and building brighter futures.

It has served over 200 children on the Gogebic Range over the past year.

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