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Bowl for Kids' Sake, Race for the Cure and By Faith dinner to impact local lives

Sue Guinn Legg • Apr 11, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Tri-Cities will be bowling for “Kids’ Sake” Friday and Saturday in Bristol and Kingsport.

Kathy Lowdermilk, Big Brothers Big Sister regional director, said the two-day bowling party at the Bass Pro Bowling Alley in Bristol and Warpath Lanes in Kingsport is all about bringing everyone in the community together to make impact in lives of local kids in tough situations.

Part of largest youth mentoring organization in the nation, Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity in Sullivan, Carter, Hawkins and Washington counties in Tennessee and in Washington County, Va., with professionally supported one-to-one relationships with adults who can change their lives for the better. Its mission is to build long-term, trusting friendships between the children and adult volunteers to model behaviors and perspectives, teach kids life skills and improve behaviors, attitudes and school performance.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the largest fundraiser of the year for the local Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate and offers anyone who cares to help two ways to participate. You can line up a team of four bowlers to raise a minimum of $100 in sponsorships per team or register to bowl individually with sponsorship contributions from your friends and family.

This fundraiser runs through June and kicks off with this weekend’s bowling parties from 5-9 p.m. Friday at the Bass Pro Bowling Alley and 5-9 p.m. Saturday at WarPath Lanes.

Registration can be completed online at BowlForKidsToday.org or by calling the local Big Brothers Big Sisters office at 423-247-3240. Businesses interested in becoming a Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsor are encouraged to call the office for information.

Komen Tri-Cities is continuing to sign up runners and walkers to join the fight against breast cancer at its annual Race for the Cure coming up next weekend in Kingsport.

The event features a timed or untimed 5K road race and a one-mile family fun run or walk to begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education at 300 W. Market St.

The registration fee is $35 for adults, $30 for youths ages 14-18, $30 for breast cancer survivors and fighters and $25 for kids age 13 and under. A timed run in the 5K is an additional $5. Seventy-five percent of the proceeds go to to local breast cancer prevention programs, screenings and treatment and 25 percent will go to cancer research supported by the Susan G. Komen organization. Registration forms and more information are available at tkomeneasttennessee.org or may be obtained by calling 423-765-9313.

Dove Award-nominee John Waller will be the featured performer at the annual East Tennessee Christian Home & Academy benefit dinner April 27 at Boones Creek Christian Church.

The “By Faith” dinner and silent auction will begin at 6 p.m. at the church at 105 Christian Church Road, located next door to Cracker Barrel and just off Interstate 26.

Those who wish to attend are asked to RSVP by Wednesday, April 25. Reservations and more information are available at etchanews@gmail.com or may be obtained by calling 423-542-4423 or 423-895-0122.

Opportunities to help support the residential Christian home and academy for adolescent girls will be available at the dinner. Donations to the East Tennessee Christian Home & Academy may also be made by mail to PO Box 1147, Elizabethton, TN 37643.

Email Sue Guinn Legg at slegg@johnsoncitypress.com. Follow her on Twitter @sueleggjcpress. Like her on Facebook at facebook.com/sueleggjcpress.

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