Each year, fundraisers who raise the most money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay get the chance to meet and greet with a Rays player at our annual VIP Bowl For Kids’ Sake event.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser, raising over $200,000 annually for children in need across Tampa Bay. Bowl For Kids’ Sake is a fun and easy way to positively impact a child’s life. Because of Bowl For Kids’ Sake, more Bigs and Littles can be paired up, more friendships can be created and improved outlooks on life can be started. Participants in this annual fundraiser recruit a team of people to help collect donations and fundraise for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, then celebrate their hard work fundraising at a bowling party!
Each year, top fundraisers for Bowl For Kids’ Sake are invited to a special VIP bowling event hosted by the Tampa Bay Rays at Pin Chasers Midtown as a way to show our appreciation for their dedication to fundraising for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. The VIP Rays event features bowling, pizza, raffle prizes, a silent auction, goodie bags, t-shirts, a signed baseball, and the chance to meet a Tampa Bay Rays player! This year, Mallex Smith, outfielder for the Rays, attended the event. After an introduction by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay CEO, Stephen Koch, Mallex greeted the crowd and thanked everyone for their amazing support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay! Each team got the opportunity to meet Mallex and have their picture taken with the Rays star. Everyone was so excited to be able to personally speak with Mallex as he took his time shaking the hands of each person in attendance and even bowled a few frames. The Tampa Bay Rays street team was there to give away prizes such as 20th Anniversary baseballs, t-shirts, cups, and stickers. There was even a special appearance by Raymond, the Tampa Bay Rays mascot!
The Rays VIP Bowl For Kids’ Sake event is one that all our fundraisers look forward to each year. They strive to be a top fundraiser to be a part of this special invitation only bowling event!
There is still time to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay by donating to the Tampa Bay Rays Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraising page here.
View the full photo album from the event here.
View the slideshow video from the event here.