Bowling benefit looks to raise $100,000 for Valley programs

Local bowlers should grab their grass skirts and coconuts for the 29th annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” events, the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central California said.

Hawaii-themed bowling tournaments at local alleys hope to raise $100,000 for community programs, the organization said.

Jayme Stevens, coordinator for Bowl for Kids in the South Valley, said the funding will go toward local programs like High School Bigs, where at-risk high school students are paired up with at-risk elementary school students for mentoring.

Every year, the organization raises funds by encouraging people in the community to dress up as various characters while forming bowling teams, the organization said.

The bowling events are: Clovis, March 19, noon to 2 p.m.; Fresno, April 2, noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.; Madera, April 9, noon to 2 p.m.; Visalia, April 16, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Hanford, April 17, noon to 2 p.m.

Teams can still be formed but those who just wish to donate can do so by visiting the event website, fblinks.com/bowl.

Since the tradition began in 1986, nearly $2 million has been raised, the organization said.

For more information, visit the organization’s website.

Cresencio Rodriguez-Delgado: 559-441-6304, @cres_guez