NY PepsiCo Employees Lace Up Their Bowling Shoes for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester


White Plains- Nearly 120 PepsiCo employees came out for a good cause recently in the second annual “Bowl for Kids’ Sake, ” a fundraising bowl-a-thon sponsored by PepsiCo. The company’s employees spent the night bowling, buying raffle tickets and winning trophies at AMF White Plains Lanes, while all the proceeds they raised went to Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Family Services of Westchester (FSW).

Employees came from nearby PepsiCo locations in Purchase, Somers, andValhalla. Participation increased from last year, with 117 bowlers forming a total of 28 teams. All expenses were covered by PepsiCo, so therefore every dollar made was donated directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Employees also took steps to fundraise personally, using the BBBS website to encourage sponsors to send in donations on behalf of their team. PepsiCo also pledged to match the donations employees received. With the generosity of PepsiCo and the employees’ commitment to fundraising, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” was an enormous success, generating $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW. 

“We are so grateful to PepsiCo and all of the employees who showed their support for the disadvantaged children that are served by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester,” said Marsha Tom, Director of BBBS of FSW. “In particular,  I would like to thank Rita Stockett, Director of Innovation at PepsiCo, who was essential to the success of “Bowl for Kids’ Sake.” She was really the energy behind the event.She recruited the employees and helped with all the logistics involved in planning this type of fundraiser.”

Over the past four months, PepsiCo and BBBS staffers and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Council members have been working together to plan the event.  At the bowl-a-thon, all teams received two free games, their own “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” T-shirts, Pepsi,pizza and raffle tickets. Raffle prizes were donated by both PepsiCo and BBBS. Bowlers had the opportunity to win gift certificates to Taco Bell, Build a Bear, Dylan’sCandyBarandDorneyPark. Other prizes included National Amusements Movie Tickets as well as tickets to Mets games. As a fun way to wrap up the night, PepsiCo gave out trophies to some of the bowlers, with acknowledgments such as “Most Striking,”“Gutter King” and “Team Anchor.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters ofWestchesteris a program run by Family Services of Westchester, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the community. Family Services of Westchester was founded in 1954 and now provides more than 50 social services and mental health programs. The agency has 450 employees, 350 volunteers, and an annual budget of $19 million.

“Bowl for Kids’ Sake” originated in Texasas a way to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in local communities. This year, PepsiCo sponsored bowl-a-thons in New York, Plano, Chicago, Houston, and Baltimore.  To find out more about the event sponsored by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester or to make a donation, check out this website, http://www.bbbsfswbowl.kintera.org




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