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Benefit planned for Taos area Big Brothers-Big Sisters

'Bowl for Kids' Sake' theme is 'Defenders of Potential'

By Dena Miller
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 4/10/19

Do you have your address and approach polished and ready to go? How's your stance? Feeling lucky? Looking for a double or a hambone? Maybe you'll happily settle for a clean sheet.

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Benefit planned for Taos area Big Brothers-Big Sisters

'Bowl for Kids' Sake' theme is 'Defenders of Potential'

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Do you have your address and approach polished and ready to go? How's your stance? Feeling lucky? Looking for a double or a hambone? Maybe you'll happily settle for a clean sheet.

For those in the know, it's the lingo of bowling. If all that was Greek to you, then it's still hoped you're signed up for the highly anticipated annual event supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters Mountain Region, Taos-Colfax counties: Bowl for Kids' Sake.

On Saturday (April 13) BFKS returns to Gutters for the second year. LMNOC Broadcasting will be on-site with their DJs spinning throughout the day so, even if you haven't signed on to a BFKS team, plan on stopping by Gutters between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Cheer on the teams, groove to the tunes and grab a snack and a beverage from Gutters' full-service menu.

"This year, the theme for BFKS is 'Defenders of Potential' and I believe that nicely sums up our goals," said Karen Koyote, regional director for Taos and Colfax. So, dust off your superhero duds and join the fun!

In partnership with the community's many nonprofits, Shelly Ratigen, owner of Gutters, is a committed host who will return a portion of the event's proceeds to Big Brothers Big Sisters. That means even as a spectator you can help raise funds for this worthy cause by simply enjoying your Saturday afternoon and mentioning you're at Gutters to support BFKS.

The day will also feature a raffle you won't want to miss. "The community has really opened their hearts to donate those things we know you all want," Koyote said. "We have a reputation for being the best raffle in Taos, and this year will definitely not disappoint."

Maybe you'll win a gift certificate to El Taoseño Restaurant, accompanied by their signature coffee mug and a T-shirt from I Heart Taos. The Gorge Bar and Grill, PärCht, Bent Street Deli and Café, Donabe Asian Kitchen, The Burger Stand, Song's and Koko are also onboard to whet your appetite. Staying in for the night? Black Mesa Winery challenges you to drop your raffle ticket (21 and older only) for two bottles of their extraordinary local wines, with an invitation for you and three friends to do a wine tasting.

Petree Nursery and Greenhouses stepped in to get your spring landscaping projects off to a great start. Ready to shed your winter body? A month of unlimited classes with Julia Fernandez de Maez at The Body Shop is guaranteed to do the trick, as is a fresh new style from Nurture Nest or BeYOUtiful salons; then, style yourself with something from Moxie. Or, maybe you'll win a sweet quilted bag stuffed with deluxe beauty samples and a gift certificate for a mani-pedi from Nail Spa de Taos. For the gentlemen in the crowd Underground has them covered in laid-back style, or, if you want to give some love to your wheels the Taos Pro Speed Lube & Oil offers up their full-service oil change.

Other donors include 575 Sports Bar, ACE Hardware, Angel Fire Pizza, Ammann Gallery, Blue Sky Feed, Earth and Spirit Gallery, Gearing Up Bicycle Shop, Hail's Holy Smoked BBQ, Jones Walker Gallery, Letherwerks, Mountain Sports of Angel Fire, Mudd N Flood, op.cit books, Pizza Stop Angel Fire, Twirl Play and Discovery Space and Zebs Restaurant & Bar Angel Fire. You do not need to be present to win.

"As a peer-to-peer fundraiser, BFKS offers everyone in our community a chance to positively impact a child's life," said Koyote. "The children we're serving are among New Mexico's most vulnerable, often living in a single-parent household, growing up in poverty, coping with parental incarceration or struggling with other challenges. Every penny of our fundraising efforts remains in our two counties and supports the mentoring efforts within our local communities."

"For more than 100 years, BBBS has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life," Koyote continued. With matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles), it has been demonstrated that the program encourages higher aspirations and greater confidence in our youth, reduces the occurrence of risky behavior in them and supports their educational success. Many who have been mentored through BBBS go on to be Bigs themselves.

"There are so many local sponsors to acknowledge, and I hope we've captured them all. Our in-kind sponsors, including The Taos News, LMNOC Broadcasting and the radio station KNCE, help us promote the event and raise awareness of our mission," Koyote said. "We also have the support of Centinel Bank of Taos, Chevron Environmental Group, Lisa Davis of New Mexico Real Estate Group, Studio 434 Nails and Salon and Trott Donor Advised Fund."

Other sponsors include AC Towing & Transport, Cid's Food Market, Four Seasons of Angel Fire, Kit Carson Electric Cooperative, Wanda Lucero State Farm Insurance, Wolfgang Spa Works and Yvonne Lewis Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices.

"The number of local businesses who have come out to support BFKS is extraordinary," Koyote said. "This is a true community movement that lifts up our kids and we can't thank enough everyone involved in this. Nor can the Littles who benefit from this outpouring of giving."

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