Strikes, for ‘Kids Sake’

As a member of several community organizations and boards, Kaulana Finn knows the importance of providing opportunities to mentor young adults.

It is a mission she and other Big Brothers and Big Sisters volunteers on Kauai work to achieve each day through the nonprofit’s programs.

To keep these efforts going, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters chapter on Kauai will host its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser on March 7 at the Lihue Bowling Center.  

“It’s not competitive bowling, and one thing I think I hear from some of the companies is that it builds camaraderie between employees and staff,” said Finn, who serves as the community director for Big Brothers and Big Sisters on Kauai. “For example, PS&D Tires comes out with two teams every year, and boy do they make it a night. What it all comes down to is that we’re really, really blessed to have the support that we do.”

The event, now in its sixth year on Kauai, will kick off at 6 p.m. and feature a “Wild Wild West” theme. 

Each team assigned to a bowling lane can have up to six bowlers and must raise money for the nonprofit. Team participants, in return, are allowed to bowl up to two games, provided with event T-shirts and eat food provided by Chef Mark Oyama from Contemporary Flavors Catering. 

Prize drawings will also be held throughout the evening.

Miss Hawaii 2014 Stephanie Steuri is slated to bowl the first ball with Mayor Bernard Carvalho Jr. and Capt. Bruce Hay from Pacific Missile Range Facility. The 20-year-old Kalaheo native will also serve as this year’s event emcee with veteran radio personality Ed Kanoi from HHawaii Media. 

Corporate sponsors include: Kauai Community Federal Credit Union, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Syngenta, Grove Farm Company, Bank of Hawaii and Central Pacific Bank. 

The organization was able to raise $20,640 last year and will likely exceed its $25,000 goal by the end of this week, Finn said.

“Every year, we go up a couple thousand, so we’re just super lucky,” Finn said. “If we continue to go at this pace, I’ll probably have to add another (bowling) shift for teams. Right now, we’re just doing one shift.”

Top fundraisers will vie for prizes that include two roundtrip tickets to any Alaska Airlines destination and an iPod Nano. 

“I think it’s amazing what can be done when folks pull together toward a mission, and that mission, of course, is providing quality mentors for Kauai’s youth,” Finn said. “I serve on a few committees and our keiki really, really need this support on so many levels.”

Info: http://bit.ly/18iyFSC or Finn at: (808) 631-8642

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