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Johnson rolls again for BBBS





The benefit bowling tournament earlier this month "did amazingly well," said Nancy Jeter, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County.

"It's our best one -- ever, ever," she said.

This year's Bowl for Kids' Sake benefit has raised $44,935 to date, and Jeter still expects more money to come in this week.

That's because Johnie Johnson, president and CEO of Nex-Tech Wireless, still is seeking to meet his goal of $25,000.

"He goes crazy for Bowl for Kids' Sake and tries to raise money for us," Jeter said.

Last year, Johnson raised $24,800 for the bowling benefit. He asked Jeter to give him until Friday to get to $25,000 this year. Johnson has raised $21,075.

"I think he'll do it," Jeter said.

Last year, the bowling benefit took in $41,145. Jeter said Johnson already has the state record for pledge money for the bowling benefit and thinks he might have the national record, too.

"He's like a one-man band," Jeter said. "He doesn't do it for the recognition; he does it because he cares about the program and cares about the kids."

The next fundraiser for BBBS of Ellis County is a golf tournament July 20 at Smoky Hill Country Club, sponsored by Nex-Tech. The fee is $400 per team. Last year, approximately $10,000 was raised.

To make a contribution to the bowling benefit or for more information about the golf tourney, call BBBS at (785) 625-6672.

BBBS of Ellis County counts on fundraisers and donations. Last year, the program served 455 children.

"We're not an agency that's federally funded," Jeter said. "In order to have this program here, we have to have fundraisers, we have to have contributions from the community, and we have to find grants."