ADA — In the words of Jillian Faulkner: "It's going to be lots of fun!"

And what the young case manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters was referring to was Bowl For Kids' Sake, a major fund-raising event to support the ongoing BBBS program on April 29, with a team captain kickoff party Thursday.

"Our kickoff party is at Wal-Mart this Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and that's where they can come and sign up for a team," Faulkner said. "The team captain gets a free T-shirt and they get four people on their team and they try to raise $250. They only have to raise $100 to participate, but the goal is $250."

According to Faulkner, the funding raised is used to keep the Big Brother Big Sister program going.

"The money raised from Bowl For Kids Sake is used to be able to continue providing opportunities for children to be a part of this mentoring program in the Ada area," she said. "It goes towards general expenses."

This year's event will be held at the Lazer Zone, with participants allowed to bowl two free games for two hours and receive both free pizza and soft drinks. Top earners for Bowl For Kids' Sake can win prizes that include trips to various in-state and out-of-state destinations.

"We have lots of prizes, which include a trip to Branson, Mo., a trip to San Antonio, Texas, and then we've got a couple of Bricktown packages," she said. "Whoever raises the most money is eligible for these particular prizes."

This is the second year for the BBBS program to sponsor an event like this, according to Faulkner.

"This is our second year for this," she said. "Last year went pretty good, I think we raised about $10,000 to $12,000."

Sponsors for this year's Bowl For Kids' Sake are Jack-in-the-Box, Commercial Land Surveys, Lazer Zone, Bob Cantrell, KTLS, Ada Coca-Cola and Grayson Oil.

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