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Fundraiser strikes up fun, money

4/23/2013

By RANDY GONZALES

By RANDY GONZALES

rgonzales@dailynews.net

Aubrey Peck admitted with a laugh she was "not the greatest" bowler in the world.

But that was OK. What did matter was First Care Clinic, 105 W. 13th, had five teams signed up for one of the big fundraisers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County.

At Monday evening's 14th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake at Centennial Lanes, there were strikes, spares, gutter balls, Pepsi, pizza, laughter -- and money being raised.

Peck, the administrative assistant at the clinic, organized the teams. The clinic also participated last year with two teams.

"Thankfully, our clinic is pretty good about volunteering for stuff like this," Peck said. "We enjoy getting together as a group and having fun. At the same time, doing it for a good cause."

Nancy Jeter, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, said the organization does not receive federal government support, and depends on donations. The bowling fundraiser always is popular, she said.

"I think it's popular because a lot of times people don't know how they can help in their community, and they don't have the time to become a Big Brother or Big Sister," Jeter said. "But yet they can participate with Bowl for Kids' Sake.

"When they walk out tonight, they're going to feel they made a difference, and they helped a child in some way."

Bryan Brady, chief executive officer for First Care Clinic, said his staff members were "excited."

"We think it's a good cause to come out and support," he said.

Everybody gets involved, too. Brady's team included two dentists and a nurse practitioner. Family members also bowled on their teams.

"We feel it's a good opportunity to do something with the family as well," Brady said. "Come out and support a good cause. Just a great event."

On a team from Sunflower Bank was 5-year-old Carson Watkins and his mom. Carson was showing anybody who would watch the proper bowling technique.

"I told ya, you just gotta," then Carson made an emphatic underhanded throwing motion. And he smiled.

Donations always are accepted, Jeter said. To donate, call (785) 625-6672 or visit ellis.kansasbigs.org.