BANGOR – Local families laced up their bowling shoes for a good cause at Family Fun Bowling Lanes on Sunday.
The 4th annual bowling fundraiser was to benefit the Good Samaritan Agency.
The non-profit helps families by providing teen parent programs, single parent services, and child day care.
“Our kids love bowling, and obviously it’s good to be around people that you love,” said one bowler, Katie Brydon.
Brydon and her husband both work during the day, and use Good Samaritan’s childcare services. They were there with their young kids to take part in the bowling. “It really does feel like family, they’re our best friends, they’re our kid’s best friends. You know there’s always fun activities happening,” said Brydon.
Other families have utilized the teen parent education program – where young mothers can get their high school diploma. The agency has empowered some to also get their college degree.
“We have one woman who currently works as a registered nurse at EMMC,” said Good Samaritan Agency Board Member Lawrence Diehl. “And she was a graduate of the T.P. program and we feel that she is just one of the shining stars.”
Each bowling team brought in money per bowler. Raffles at the event also helped to raise money.
Having the fundraiser be kid-appropriate meant even those with the tiniest of bowling shoes could take part in the fun.
“It’s stuff where your kids can be loud and run around and be with their friends,” said Brydon.
The goal for Sunday’s fundraiser was to raise $10,000.
Event organizers said they raised a little more than that last year.