By Ellen Krogmann, Mentoring Coordinator
Thank you to all of the businesses, donors, and bowlers who raised over $8,600 for the Youth Mentoring mission, during the Cowboy Crusaders Bowl-A-Thon held February 27 at the Lightning Lanes. People cheered and had fun no matter if they threw a strike, spare, or gutter ball. Deecel Staner, Maquoketa Valley mentee, shared,
“I have never done anything like this. I had so much fun! I also got to meet other kids that have mentors in the program. Every cowboy and cowgirl had a great time, and yelled ‘yeehaw’ to prove it!”
Approximately 80 bowlers on 16 teams donned their cowboy hats, boots, and plaid shirts. All the “giddy-up” effort will help provide caring adult role models for local youth. The staff, mentees, and mentors in the program express their special thanks to all of the donors and the following event sponsors for their generous support:
They also thank these businesses and organizations for donating lunch and snacks for the event:
The Pizza Place, EZ Pickin’s, Fireside Pub & Steakhouse, Pizza Hut, A to Z Snacks, and Total Water Treatment – Culligan Water.
Though Youth Mentoring did not reach their lofty goal of $15,000, donations are still trickling into their office. If you would like to financially support this mission, you can. Gifts can be made securely online or by mailing a check to P.O Box 493, Manchester, IA 52057.
Youth Mentoring in Delaware County connects an adult mentor with a youth ages 5–16. Each month they spend 4–5 hours together. The donations from this fundraiser will be used to serve the current 56 mentoring matches as well as to find a volunteer mentor for the 33 youth still waiting for a role model.