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Community Report: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe

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TAHOE/TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; It’s time to put a team together for what is sure to be the best event of the Halloween season: The Bowl For Kids’ Sake Superhero Bowl, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, 2010, at Bowl Incline.Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the marquee event of Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the nation, with thousands of bowlers forming teams and supporting the mentoring that Big Brothers Big Sisters makes possible. The inaugural Tahoe edition of this hilarious event will have a superhero theme andamp;#8211; the perfect excuse to dress up and have fun bowling with friends and soon-to-be-new-friends.The actual bowling will take place from 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 23, but the fun starts in advance as teams compete to out fundraise all others. To become a bowler, form a bowling team, or be a Lane Sponsor, visit http://www.bigsofnc.org/BFKSIncline.asp or get in touch with BBBSNC Board Member Paul Raymore at 426-2691 or paul@bigsofnc.org.We need volunteersWant to help out at Bowl For Kids Sake? You’ll get to experience all the fun and help us make the event the best it can be. Call 587-7717 and let us know how you’d like to help!Bigs Make A Difference campaign off to a great startThis year, the S.H. Cowell foundation has offered our agency a $10,000 challenge grant if we are successful in raising $20,000 by Oct. 31 in our Bigs Make A Difference fundraising campaign in which our Big Brothers and Big Sisters help raise funds to support the programs they make possible.Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe is proud to announce that in just over one month of fundraising so far, we have already raised over $10,000 through this new campaign, with more on the way.Big Brothers or Big Sisters interested in getting involved call Peggy Martin at 587-7717 and learn more and set up a personal fundraising page at http://www.bigsofnc.org/BigsMakeADifference.asp.Community members interested in supporting the mentoring work of our local Bigs are encouraged to make donations through a registered Big so as to benefit from the potential matching donation by the Cowell Foundation. For a list of participating Bigs, please email campaign chair Paul Raymore at paul@bigsofnc.org.A big thank you for an epic bicycle rideOn Sunday, Sept. 26, three amazing cyclists pedaled in to Truckee from the new Rec Center with a full police escort, accompanied by friends, family, Bigs and Littles. The final mile may have been all downhill; however, the 299 that preceded it were incredibly challenging.Riding from Fort Bragg on the Pacific Ocean to Truckee, high in the Sierra Nevada, took 300 Miles for Mentoring cyclists Hardy Bullock, Carey Thrasher and Ken Bossung more than 28 hours (straight!) and threw at them over 20,000 feet of climbing. Amazingly, the three members of the Elijah Bleu’s cycling team finished the epic ride in high spirits, having raised more than $8,700 for Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs and inspired all who learned of their quest.Great job guys! We can’t wait to see what you pull off next year.We need Bigs!Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County andamp; North Lake Tahoe is always looking for caring adult mentors who are willing to spend an average of an hour a week with a local youth in need of a friend. We ask for a year’s commitment (with a flexible schedule), but most matches last much longer than that because both mentor and mentee get so much out of the relationship.Call 587-7717 for more information. Se habla espaol.Indeed, many matches grow into life-long friendships that can redefine both lives for the better.If you would like more information about becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister, please call our Truckee office today! We currently have more than 35 children on our North Lake Tahoe and Truckee waiting list, and we especially need mentors in the Kings Beach area. Call 587-7717 for more information. Se habla espaol.Truckee officeThe BBBS Truckee office is located in Suite 105 of the Nevada County Courthouse Building (aka the Joseph Government Center), 10075 Levon Ave. Our new, larger BBBS office shares space with One-Stop Business and Career Center, and will allow our office staff to better connect with the volunteers and families served by our programs. The Truckee phone number is 587-7717.Get involved in other waysIf you or someone you know would be interested in supporting our programs in the Truckee and North Lake Tahoe region by serving on one of our four Advisory Boards andamp;#8211; Fund Development, Program Development, Finance/Budget or Community Relations andamp;#8211; or by making a financial contribution, please contact Executive Director Dena Valin at (530) 273-2227 or director@bigsofnc.org. For more information, please see http://www.bigsofnc.org. Connect on FacebookAre you a Facebook addict? Become a fan of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County on Facebook and receive updates about special events and what’s happening in the local community. To find us, visit http://www.Facebook.com/BBBSNC.


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