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Fundraiser gets money rolling

5/7/2014

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

By ELIZABETH GOLDEN

egolden@dailynews.net

A Leadership 310 team at Fort Hays State University, in conjunction with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, rolled to victory at the 15th annual Bowl for Kids' Sake by raising more than $30,000.

Nancy Jeter, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County, wanted to start a local BBBS in 2000 but didn't have the finances to do so. Bowl for Kids' Sake already was in place at other universities, so she decided to bring the event to Hays in order to prove Hays could support the organization.

The inaugural event raised $25,000.

"That event raised enough money so we could start a local chapter and prove we had sponsors," Jeter said.

The leadership group assisted with promotion of the event, as well as trying to increase the involvement from FHSU.

"We had a lot going on at FHSU," said senior Alyssa Heitschmidt. "We have a lot of teams bowling from FHSU, and we have international teams. We started hitting the campus really hard to get them involved in this."

On Monday, eight campus teams along with several business and community teams, participated in the event. Each team was required to find sponsors.

"The purpose is to benefit the kids in this community," said junior Tre' Giles. "We wanted to get people involved in this event and raise money for BBBS to help the children."

"It's for a good cause," Heitschmidt said. "The kids come from a hard past and just need that extra support. It's good to bring the community together for a good cause. They can just have fun and enjoy the time."

Junior Molly Weissert started her involvement with BBBS three years ago.

"My freshman year, a couple of girls on my floor were signing up, so I thought I would get involved, too. I like to volunteer and get the kids out. This way they can experience other things so they're not home all day. They can explore new things and bond with their Big."

FHSU is the first NCAA Division II school to be recognized as one of the Bowl for Kids' Sake leaders in Kansas.

"It's cool we get to lead all the DII schools in the state," Giles said, "because that's what we do. We're Fort Hays."