Bowl for Kids Sake Newsletter 2019



Rainbows, leprechauns and the Blarney Stone

You’re some of the most awesome friends we’ve ever known!

Bowl for Kids Sake is such an important community fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince Edward Island.  We can’t thank everyone enough for helping raise a pot of gold to help provide mentors for some really great kids! On March 2nd & 3rd, we had had so much fun celebrating the success of 230 teams at St Patrick’s Day themed Thank You events in Charlottetown, North Rustico, Summerside, Souris, and Tignish.

Bowl for Kids Sake 2019 was a huge success! We would like to thank all of the participants, sponsors and volunteers who helped raise more than $122,375!! Imagine who they will become because of you!

Wherever you go and whatever your do, may the luck of the Irish be there with you

Charlottetown raised $82,273

North Rustico raised $2,817

Souris raised $1,370

Summerside raised $18, 683

Tignish raised $2,402

Getting Ready for #BFKS2019

Air Canada Draw

Thanks to the Air Canada Foundation, we were able to award one of our fundraisers with a really great prize!  Everyone who raised $150 or more had the chance to win 2 tickets to anywhere Air Canada flies in North America! (including Mexico, Hawaii, and the Caribbean).  The more people raised, the more ballots they received…..and our ballot box was full!  On Wednesday, March 28th, Brianna Flood, team captain of the Spring Valley Building Centre Lucky Strikes team, won the tickets.  Congratulations Brianna!

You can’t have a great party without refreshments!

Bowl for Kids Sake Weekend is our chance to say thank you to more than 1100 people in 5 different locations across PEI.  That’s a lot of logistics for our food sponsors.  We want to thank Tim Hortons, our brand new Food Sponsors, for jumping in with such enthusiasm.  The Kensington, O’Leary, St Peters Road, Water Street Summerside, and Winsloe locations provided yummy muffins, cookies and Tim Bits throughout the weekend.  We also want to thank our friends at PepsiCo Beverages, who were back with a variety of soft drinks for our bowlers.  We really can’t thank Tim Hortons and PepsiCo Beverages enough for their support!

Raffle Prize Winners

First Prize: One Night Stay for 2 at the Delta Prince Edward by Marriott & a $200 The Preserve Company Gift Certificate won by Lily Beth Oliver

Second Prize: 4 Feast Dinner Theatre Tickets from Brothers 2 won by Stella Gallant

Third Prize: Bonfire Package including Augusta Fire Bowl from Canadian Tire Summerside, 2 blankets from Giant Tiger Summerside & snacks from Leary’s Independent Grocer won by Cindy Buell

Fourth Prize: Bose SoundSport Headphones from Staples Charlottetown won by Jordan Thibault

Bowl for Kids Sake Impact

The money raised during Bowl for Kids Sake helps provide children in need with mentoring services that will

have a transformative effect on their lives.  When a child has a mentor, the odds they will be emotionally, socially and physically healthy increase dramatically and when we have healthy young people in our communities, everyone benefits.

Every child should have the opportunity to reach their full potential. With the guidance and support of a

mentor, young people can gain the confidence to achieve more, leading to brighter futures.  With your help, last year 482 children & 388 Teen Mentors were involved in programs across Prince Edward Island!

Matchmaker’s Club

Our Bowl for Kids Sake Matchmaker members are amazing! They have each raised $1200 or more, which is what It costs to make a brand new match.  What an awesome achievement!

Individual Matchmakers

$1230 – Reg McCarvill

$1530 – Bonnie MacDonald

$1640 – Ron Leger

$2075 – Steve Duncan

Team Matchmakers

$1200 – Parkdale-Sherwood Lions

$1204 – Community Connections

$1250 – Old Navy

$1285 – CUPE

$1310 – Exit Realty

$1310 – Fitzpatrick & Co

$1359 – Reactive Health

$1368 – Stratford Youth Centre

$1420 – Cox & Palmer Charlottetown

$1422 – Holland College

$1480 – David Ford’s Dynamos

$1522 – MRSB

$1567 – Sherwood Timber Mart

Team Matchmakers

$1588 – Invesco

$1657 – Spring Valley Building Centre

$1710 – Malpeque Bay Credit Union

$1786 – Maximus Canada – Deltaware Divison

$1810 – Emco

$1825 – Afton MacMillan & Friends

$1919 – Cox & Palmer Summerside

$2175 – ACOA

$2190 – S.A.F.E

$2324 – Summerside Lions Club

$2420 – IO Solutions Summerside

$2588 – IO Solutions Total

$2663 – D.P Murphy

$2684 – Whisperwood Villa

$3339 – Cox & Palmer Total

$4160 – Sisters of St Martha’s Total

$4272 – TTEC

$4320 – Master Packaging

Bowl for Kids Sake T-shirt – Leprechaun Edition

Meet Wayne! He is the amazingly talented Guardian designer who creates all of our ads.  This is the second year that he has designed our Bowl for Kids Sake t-shirt.  If you have a St Patrick’s theme, you absolutely need a cute bowling pin leprechaun!  Last year, he created a Dracula bowling pin….can’t wait to see what he comes up with next year!!  Wear your #BFKS2019 t-shirt with pride & tell the world you’re awesome because you support mentoring!

Raise & Win Sponsors

We are able to provide t-shirts and gift cards to acknowledge the accomplishments of our top Bowl for Kids Sake fundraisers because of the support of some incredible local businesses including:

Aqua Bounty Canada, Business Technology Consulting Ltd., Campbell’s Concrete Ltd.; Captain Cooke’s Seafood Inc., Century 21 Colonial Realty Inc., Hearts and Flowers, Mermaid Marine Products, Phillips Auto Sales Ltd., Precision Mechanical Inc., Simpson Aqua Ventures Ltd., & Twin Shores Camping Area


Draws for people who raised $150 or more for Bowl for Kids Sake
  • Darlene Ross (Shoppers Drug Mart Summerside) won 50 Lbs of Atlantic Aqua Farms Mussels and a 4 L aluminum stock pot with lid from Kent Summerside
  • Andrew Burleigh (CareWorx Cares) won a Flavor Stone Infusion Grill Stovetop Cooker from Home Hardware Charlottetown
  • Chris Noseworthy (Bluefield Student Well Being Team) won a PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation Gift Package including a PEI Heritage Passport, Jubilee Cook Book, and an Illustrated Historical Atlas of the Province of Prince Edward Island
  • Seth Lockhart (North Rustico Novice A Golden Goalies) won a Northumberland Ferry Pass
  • Don Reid (Summerside Lions Club) won 3 Irish themed Books from Nimbus Publishing
Thank you to our amazing Bowling Alleys!

Hosting a Bowl for Kids Sake event is a huge undertaking!  For a few hours…..or in the case of The Alley, the whole weekend, we come in and take over the facilities.  We couldn’t have thrown such fun St Patrick’s Day Thank You parties without the help of the staff and management of the bowling lanes who host us!  There are so many details and extra work they each take on to host us.  We want to thank:

Kenny Burt, Eastern Kings Sportsplex Bowling Lanes

Ian Wilkes, North Rustico Lions Club Bowling Lanes (and the staff of the Club)

Evan Rayner and the staff of The Alley, Murphy’s Pharmacies Community Centre

Cheryl Bell and the staff of The Lanes at Credit Union Place

Rosemarie Brennan, Tignish Parish Centre Bowling Centre

Individual Prize Winners

Top Individual: Steve Duncan (TTEC #Spare Parts) won a $50 Gift Card sponsored by EastTech Engineering Consultants Inc., a $50 gift card sponsored by O’Leary Farmers Co-op, and 2 Cineplex Entertainment Charlottetown Movie Passes

Second Place Individual: Ron Leger (Master Packaging) won 2 Tickets to Kronborg – the Hamlet Rock Musical at The Confederation Centre of the Arts

Third Place Individual: Bonnie MacDonald (Master Packaging) won 2 Tickets to a 2019 Show at the Trailside Music Café & Inn

Event Survey Prize: Gary Stewart won a $25 Shawn’s No Frills Gift Card

Event volunteers Draw:  Jin Lin won a Treat Basket sponsored by Leary’s Independent Grocer

Prize Sponsors

We can never thank our Bowl for Kids Sake Fundraisers enough, but we can try….offering really nice prizes for everything from fundraising to team costumes is a good start.  We want to thank all of the generous Island businesses who make it possible to provide such wonderful prizes including:

Air Canada Foundation

Anne of Green Gables Chocolates

Atlantic Aqua Farms

Atlantic Superstore Charlottetown

Atlantic Superstore Montague

Atlantic Superstore Summerside

Back Alley Music

Beach Point Processing Company

Benevolent Irish Society


Brothers 2

Canadian Tire Summerside

Ceilidh in the City

Ching Brothers Inc.

Chucker’s Trophies & Awards Ltd.

Cineplex Entertainment Summerside

Cineplex Entertainment Charlottetown

Confederation Centre of the Arts


Delta Prince Edward by Marriott

Discover Kia

EastTech Engineering Consultants Inc.

Giant Tiger Summerside

Happy Potter

Home Hardware Charlottetown

Ireland Meets Scotland

Kent Building Supplies Summerside

Leary’s Independent Grocer

Mallett’s Radiator Service Ltd.

Next Level Cookie

Nimbus Publishing

Northumberland Ferries Ltd.

O’Leary Farmers Co-op Association

Our Family Traditions

PEI Bag Company

PEI Museum and Heritage Foundation

PepsiCo Beverages

Prince Edward Island Potato Board

Riverdale Cidery

Shawn’s No Frills

Staples Charlottetown

Summerside Toyota

The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada

The Great Victorian

The Guardian

The Preserve Company

The Trailside Music Café & Inn

Tim Hortons

Tip Er Back

Uncle Mike’s Bar & Grill

West Royalty Superstore

Team Prize Winners

Top Fundraising Team:  Master Packaging won a Tim Hortons Coffee Party on Us

Second Place Fundraising Team: TTEC #Spare Parts won a $75 Gift Certificate sponsored by Mallet’s Radiator Service Ltd. & a Hot Chocolate themed Treat Basket

Third Place Fundraising Team: Whisperwood Villa Lucky Leprechauns & Team Lucky Rainbow won a Treat Basket sponsored by Leary’s Independent Grocer

Top Fundraising Business: Master Packaging won a Happy Potter Clay Workshop for 6 People

Draw for teams who had all members raise $150 or more: Sister Mary DeCourcey’s Lucky Strikes won a St Patrick’s Day Themed Gift Basket from Cows & Anne of Green Gable Chocolates and a $50 Gift Card sponsored by Beach Point Processing Plant

Emco Strikers & Strikers Killers won the Matchmakers Club Draw for a Foodie Gift Basket sponsored by Atlantic Superstore Montague and a Northumberland Ferry Pass

Bluefield Student Well Being Team (Living on a Spare) won the New Team Draw for a $40 Grand Victorian Tea Room Gift Certificate

Borden-Carleton Esso won the Early Bird Draw for a $50 Gift Certificate sponsored by Riverdale Orchard

Event Volunteers

Bowl for Kids Sake really is an enormous undertaking for a small staff.  We would not have had such a successful event without the help!  Our event volunteers help pack BFKS team bags, roll t-shirts, and stuff tax receipt envelopes in the office and help run the Charlottetown and Summerside events on BFKS weekend.

This year’s volunteers include:

Shadae Beale, Margaret & Armand Bernard, Julie Bui, Cierra Carrol, Miriam Bowen, Kaitlyn Bruce, Craig Cameron, Ariel Carscadden, Natalie Chow, Gary Conohan, Amanda Creamer, Darren Creamer, Natalie Crockett, Margaret Dawson, Amy Dinh, Kiera Dinh, Kay Doherty, Lisa Doyle-MacBain, Angela Doucette, Emily E., John D Farrell, Ket Fiuza, Erin Flynn, Susan Frellick-Perry, Ruby Gallagher,  Kara Gallant, Riley Garnhum, Linda Gaudet, Cody Gotell, David Green, Marlee Gregory, Russell Hambly, Nadia Helmy, Seif Helmy, Anh Ta Hoang, Nancy Hood, James Howatt, Linda Hicken, Hillary Isleifson, Valerie Jones, Kylie, Jin Lin, Lina Liu, Dianne MacKenzie, Bruce Matheson, John & Camilla McAleer, Nicole McKenna, Joan Melanson, Michele Millar, Miko Moraleta, Ben Morrissey, Jessica Mutch, Edna Nino-Esparza, Kaylin Ngo, Kim Ngo, Trung Nguyen, Nancy Oldershaw, Star Perry, Quan Pham, Stephanie Rainnie, Peter & Heather Russell, Rob Saada, Albert Siby, Sohrab, Chase Stewart, Mia T, Tom Tao, Nguyen Tran, Katherine Vu, Chloe Wood, Ogechi Worji, Yiting,  & 12 Police Academy Cadets

Team Captain Prizes

Thank-you Draw: Wendy Collette (60 Squadron Air Cadets) won 2 Cineplex Entertainment Charlottetown Movie Passes and a $50 Gift Card sponsored by The Benevolent Irish Society

Team Sheet Draw:  Krista Dillon & her Maritime Electric Irish Clover teammates shared a Box of 18 Cookies from Next Level Cookie

Open your package early weekly draw winners:

Week 1:  Miranda Reeves (Rodd Charlottetown) won a Prince Edward Island Potato Board Gift Bags

Week 2:  Paula Andrews (Andrews Motor Repair Golden Girls) won a Prince Edward Island Potato Board Gift Bags

Week 3:  Jenna Thompson (Conversational Receptionists Whiskey Business) won a Prince Edward Island Potato Board Gift Bags

Week 4:  Lynn O’Neill (Lucky Leprechauns) won a Prince Edward Island Potato Board Gift Bags

Week 5: Leanna Pierce (Bluefield Student Well Being Team – Living on a Spare) won a VHS Video Tape to DVD Transfers provided by Back Alley Music

Week 5: Kristen Jones (Boyles Optical 4 Eyed Clovers) won a VHS Video Tape to DVD Transfers provided by Back Alley Music

Team bags

With the help of some great sponsors, we were able to provide a fun St Patrick’s Day themed bag with everything our teams needed to get started.  The PEI Bag Company provided fun potato bags which helped everyone get into the spirit from day one!  Telling the world how awesome the businesses and groups who support us is important – the bags made for some great social media photos! Treats are also an important part of the team bag.  This year’s bag had Rainbow Seed bags with candy sponsored by Ganong, green pens from Grand & Toy or TD Canada Trust, and flavoured sparkling water from Murphy’s Pharmacies.

On-Line Prizes

Top On-line Fundraiser: Michael Gallant (IO Solutions Lucky Strikers) won 2 tickets to Ireland Meets Scotland (Celtic Music & Dance Show) & a CD

Top On-line Team: IO Solutions Lucky Strikes won 4 tickets to The College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts of Canada 2019 Summer Show of your choice

On-line Fundraiser Draw:  Samantha Leeco (Campbell Lea Motion to Strike) won 2 tickets to a Ceilidh hosted by Tip er Back & a CD

Meet Andrea

Each year, we hire a Bowl for Kids Sake assistant to help with our campaign.  Andrea started with us in early January.  She recruited and took care of most of the North Rustico, Souris, Summerside & Tignish Bowl for Kids Sake teams and helped Mary with Charlottetown teams too.  If you were in Charlottetown, North Rustico or Souris on Bowl for Kids Sake weekend, you might have had a chance to meet her.  Andrea will be with working with us until the end of May.  She is currently busy doing paperwork and data entry, but she will be working with the public again when the Dream Cottage opens.  We would like to thank Skills PEI for providing support for her position.

Location Prizes


Best Team Name: Rochford Family Dental I-rish You Flossed Ladies won a Ice-Cream themed Treat Basket sponsored by Leary’s Independent Grocer

Best Team Costume Saturday: Boys & Girls Club of Charlottetown Lads & Lassies won a Treat Basket sponsored by Atlantic Superstore Charlottetown

Best Team Costume Sunday: Julie Hooley’s Toursecians won a Treat Basket sponsored by Atlantic Superstore Charlottetown

Top Fundraising Team: Master Packaging won 12 Ceilidh in the City Tickets

North Rustico

Best Team Name: Peter Gallant’s Shameless Shamrocks won a Treat Basket sponsored by West Royalty Superstore

Best Team Costume: Stephanie Peter’s Full of Balarney Team won a Treat Basket sponsored by West Royalty Superstore

Top Fundraising Team: Stephanie Peter’s Full of Balarney Team won 12 Ceilidh in the City Tickets


Best Team Name: Harbourview Training Center St Patty’s Day Strikers won a $25 Gift Card sponsored by Ching Brothers Inc.

Best Team Costume: Kathleen MacNearney’s Roving Irish won $25 Gift Card sponsored by Ching Brothers Inc.

Top Fundraising Team: Harbourview Training Center St Patty’s Day Strikers won a $50 Bluefin Gift Card



Best Team Name: Malpeque Bay Credit Union Dublin Your Money won a Treat Basket sponsored by Atlantic Superstore Summerside

Best Team Costume: Spring Valley Building Centre Lucky Strikes won a Treat Basket sponsored by Atlantic Superstore Summerside

Top Fundraising Team: IO Solutions won a $50 Gift Card sponsored by Summerside Toyota


Best Team Name: Karen Arsenault’s Blarney “Flint”stones won a $25 Our Family Traditions Gift Card

Best Team Costume: CUPE Splits ‘n Giggles won a $50 Uncle Mike’s Bar & Grill Gift Card

Top Fundraising Team: CUPE Huskies won 6 Movie Passes & 6 Popcorn from Cineplex Entertainment Summerside


D.P. Murphy Challenge: Tim Hortons Cornwall

Invesco Challenge: Invesco Cyber Strike

Lions Challenge: Summerside Lions Club

Challenge plaques supported by Chucker’s Chucker’s Trophies & Awards

A best friend is like a four leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have.

We are grateful for the support of our Bowl for Kids Sake Sponsors – and a campaign this large would not be possible without them!

May your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow,

and may trouble avoid you wherever you go