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Annual Bowl for Kids event Saturday
Fundraiser assists mentoring group
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• What: Mentor Me North Georgia Bowl for Kids

• When: 12:30 and 3 p.m. Saturday

• Where: Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center, 700 Atlanta Road

• Cost: Minimum donation of $25 per person

• Register online at www.mentormenorthga.org or by calling (678) 341-8028, or pay at the door.

The public is invited to pick up a few spares and strikes for a good cause Saturday.

Mentor Me North Georgia will hold its annual Bowl for Kids fundraiser at Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center.

Kristin Dhabliwala, case manager at Mentor Me, said two bowling sessions — 12:30 and 3 p.m. — will be offered.

A minimum donation of $25 per person is asked for each session, which includes two hours of bowling, a T-shirt, shoe rental and pizza lunch.

“We’re hoping people will contact their neighbors and friends as their sponsors to raise as much money for the event as possible,” Dhabliwala. “This is always one of our biggest fundraisers of the year.”

Mentor Me North Georgia matches children with caring adult mentors, who spend one-on-one time each week with their mentee.

The agency also offers an after-school program for Hispanic students, summer day camps, and a career group called Kick It Up! Clubs at several middle and high schools in the county.

Dhabliwala said Bowl for Kids typically draws a good crowd.

“A lot of our mentors come and bring their kids and there are a lot of people in the community who like to bowl who come out every year,” she said.

Sylvia Cardona, executive director of Mentor Me, said last year’s event drew about 70 people and raised about $15,000.

“This year we don’t have a specific goal, but we would like to top last year,” she said. “For every $1,000 raised, we can match another child with a mentor.”

Cardona said 16 children are on a waiting list to be matched with a mentor. The majority are boys.

“We always have a need for more men to step up and become mentors,” said Cardona, adding that both men and women are always welcome to join the program.

Dhabliwala hopes for a large turnout Saturday.

“We rely on these fundraisers to keep us going,” she said.