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2017 Bowl for Kids’ Sake!

What is Bowl For Kids’ Sake?

Bowl For Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ signature fundraiser. Each year half a million people across America come together to have fun and raise money to support Big Brothers Big Sisters as we change how children grow up! Bowl For Kids’ Sake is the perfect way for individuals to make an impact on our community- it only takes a little bit of effort to raise the money that is vital to our program’s success.

NEW CASTLE COUNTY: Wednesday, May 10th : 6:00 PM at AMF Price Lanes 

SUSSEX COUNTY: Tuesday, May 16, 2017: 6:00 PM at Milford Bowling Lanes

Join us for two hours of unlimited bowling, free pizza, music, games, prizes and more! All proceeds directly support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs, which benefit Delaware kids.

Where does the money go?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware depends on background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, and provides ongoing training and support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships that changes the lives of young people for the better, forever.  Your role in this effort helps raise community awareness of the challenges faced by local children and helps us gain the financial support needed to sustain our program and reach more youth.

BBBS MENTORING WORKS!   Littles matched with Bigs:
• Are less likely to use drugs and alcohol
• Receive better grades in school
• Get along better with their families
• Are more likely to graduate high school
• Report feeling more confident and better about themselves

How can I get involved?

  1. Register as a Team Captain: Through our BFKS Website or contact .
    Team Leader Kits are available to help you recruit your teammates and raise donations. Download the Team Leader Kit HERE.
  2. Become a Company Coordinator: Help us recruit Team Captains from your workplace. Contact to schedule a day and time to have a BBBSDE Representative do a quick presentation for your colleagues or just to drop off additional information. Start a Bowling Team
  3. Become a Sponsor: We have NEW Sponsorship Opportunities available this year starting at just $200! Each sponsorship options comes with a variety of benefits that will give your company positive exposure. Click Here for details.

Simple steps to get started:

Step 1: Register your team! Recruit 4 to 6 people to join your team. It could be friends, family, or co-workers. Click Here to register online or contact Stephanie at or call 302-998-3577.

Step 2: Each bowler is asked to raise at least $75 in donations and will receive a FREE Bowl for Kids’ Sake T-Shirt at the event as well as FREE pizza, soda, shoe rental and two hours of unlimited bowling! We also recommend setting a team fundraising goal- AIM HIGH! We suggest $500, but some of our top team’s raise up to $1,000!
Click Here for tips on how to easily raise donations.

Step 3: Motivate your team to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware
• Share information about the impact of Big Brothers Big Sisters on your community.
• Keep your team informed about incentive prizes, games, contests, etc.
• Communicate their success. Examples: Katie just got a $50 donation! Joel has already exceeded his goal of $75! Our team just surpassed the $500 mark!
Step 4: Have Fun! Bring your Firstgiving sheet or sponsor-sheet to AMF Price Lanes to celebrate your team’s success! Remember, it’s not about how good a bowler you are, it’s about celebrating the impact the money your team collected will have on your community!


Now Accepting Nominations for Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year!

Nominate your Big Brother or Big Sister to receive the Delaware “Big of the Year” Award! Ff_Wb_talking7

Calling all Little Brothers & Sisters: Tell us in 200 words or less “How your Big Brother or Big Sister has made a difference in your life”. (Parents are welcome to assist younger children in writing nominations.)
Submit Your Nomination Online!

2017 Beef and Beer Benefit & Silent Auction

Join us for a fun, casual night out to support
Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Mentoring programs for Delaware youth.  

Friday, February 17, 2017;   7:00 – 11:00 P.M.

Hockessin Memorial Hall – 610 Yorklyn Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

Ticket price includes Buffet Dinner + Beer & Wine

The night will be filled with music, dancing, raffles, silent & live auctions.                  Corn Hole Contest!

Tickets On Sale Now!  

  • Tickets $45 per person – in advance
  • Couples: $85 for two – in advance
  • Table Sponsor- $400 (includes 10 tickets)

Other Available Event Sponsorships: Sponsorship Details

  • $1,000 Event Sponsor
  • $2,500 Presenting Sponsor

Purchase Tickets and Sponsorships through PayPal.

Choose your ticket Option from the Drop Down:

If you prefer to reserve tickets and pay by check, please contact Stephanie at  or 302-998-3577.  

2016 BIG Golf Tournament














Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Deerfield Golf Club
Shotgun Start — 12:00 P.M.
Format — Scramble

Space is limited – Register Today!

All proceeds benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs for Delaware youth.  We hope you’ll join us for a great day of golf to support a great cause!

Registration Includes:

  • Golf
  • Lunch
  • Tournament Gifts & Prizes
  • Putting Contest
  • Par 3 Competitions
  • Beverages on the Course
  • Cocktails & Dinner

Foursome package – $1,500 (Includes all of the above for four golfers, plus Sponsor Tee Sign)

Individual Golfer $375

Tee & Green Signs $150

Register HERE

BIG Thanks to our Golf Committee!

Robert Wittig, Chairperson
Bruce Georgov
Steve Masterson
Jim O’Hara
Kevin O’Hara
Dan Wham

Or Download our 2016 BIG Golf Tournament Sponsorships and Registration Brochure, and contact Stephanie Johnnie at 302-998-3577, or .

Additional dinner tickets are available for purchase; contact Stephanie for more information. 

Sponsorship packages are still available: View our sponsorship information here.

2016 Best of Delaware® Party

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Use our “BBBS16” Discount Code and purchase your tickets today! .

Delaware Today chooses Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Best of Delaware beneficiary!

The Best of Delaware Party will be held at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Dover on July 21, 2016. Don’t miss out on one of the most popular events in the First State, drawing more than 2,000 guests each year! From dining to services and retail, the party celebrates the best that Delaware has to offer.  The Best of Delaware Party also raises funds for worthy, local causes. Money is raised through ticket sales, sponsorship and a silent auction held the night of the party, featuring items donated by many of the participants. Proceeds from the party have provided more than $1 million in donations to Delaware charitable organizations to date.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored and grateful to be one of the 2016 beneficiaries.

Guest Bartender Fundraiser at McGlynns Pub – Dover

McGlynns Guest Bartender Flyer

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware & McGlynns Pub-Dover invite you to a Guest Bartender Night at McGlynns on Thursday, March 31st, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.   Join our Guest Bartenders to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters in Kent County! 100% of your tips and donations support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mentoring programs for Kent County youth. Come out and support Big Brothers Big Sisters and your favorite bartender!  If you are unable to attend, donations in support of your favorite bartender are graciously accepted in advance.  Visit our DONATE NOW link.  Include your bartender’s name with your online donation!

Team Duo– BBBS Board Member Nick Adams  and State Treasurer Ken Simpler: 6:00-6:20PM
BBBS Board Member Greg Gyarmati: 6:20-6:40PM
Boskey K: 6:40-7:00PM
Sean Lynn, City of Dover: 7:00-7:20PM
Dover Police Dept.: 7:20-7:40PM
Dover Police Dept.: 7:40-8:00PM
Dover Police Dept.: 8:00-8:20PM
Caesar Clay: 8:20-8:40PM
Muriel Thomas: 8:40-9:00PM

Also, McGlynns will donate 10% of your dinner bill for anyone who eats in one of the dining rooms — and presents our flyer!

Visit our Facebook Page for updates on Bartenders!

Guest Bartender Fundraiser at BBC Tavern & Grill

bbc_masthead_barTuesday, November 10th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
BBC Tavern & Grill, 4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807
Join our Guest Bartenders to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. 100% of your tips are donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Come out to support your favorite bartender!

Share our event with all your Facebook Friends!

If you are unable to attend, donations are graciously accepted in advance. Visit to make a donation.
To donate by check: make checks payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of DE and put your favorite bartender’s name in the memo part. You can bring the check with you to the event on the 10th or mail to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of DE, 413 Larch Circle, Wilmington, DE 19804.

Also, BBC will donate 10% of your dinner bill for anyone who eats in one of the dining rooms if you write “Big Brothers Big Sisters” on your dinner bill.

Meet our Bartenders!

Jesse Chadderdon
Jim O’Hara
Jen DeHoff
Hiran Ratnayake
Kirsten Osland
Lu Johnston
Kim Gomes
Erin Fitzpatrick
Dan Wham
Michelle Archangelo
June Griffith-Stepp
Matt Sullivan
Ellie Bailer
Aileen DeFroda
Dianne Rizzo
Andrea Pedicone
Kevin O’Hara
Jeanne Kasey

302.655.3785 | 4019 Kennett Pike, Greenville, DE 19807 Hours: Mon – Sun 11:30a to 1:00a | | Facebook: BBC Greenville

Congratulations Javier – Class of 2015!

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“Tonight I had the distinct honor of attending the graduation of Javier at University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center. I first met Javier in February 2006 when he was a 3rd grader and was selected to be my “little brother” [I can no longer call him that as you can see from the pic] through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware. I am so happy to see him graduate today from Howard High School — and continue his education at Delaware State University in the fall — although I must say the moment is bittersweet as his graduation officially marks the end of my 9-year highly rewarding experience as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters. I will miss meeting with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ highly talented and hardworking staff, particularly Tiyona McCollister, who consistently came up with fun and creative activities for us to participate in. I would be remiss not to use this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Dan Gigler who was the first person to encourage me to join this outstanding nonprofit. Above all, congratulations Javier!”

Hiran Ratnayake

Empty your closets, help Delaware kids!

CFKS-1Extra clothes chewing up precious closet space? Donate your excess to Big Brothers Big Sisters and sales from your items will help fund our services for local children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters collects gently used clothing and other household goods, right from your doorstep. Donations are tax-deductible and all proceeds benefit local mentoring programs.

Items accepted include:

  • Clothing, shoes, accessories
  • Linens, curtains, fabric
  • Books, small toys and games
  • Small household items

Your contribution can make a big difference in a child’s life. Thank you!

To learn more, please call (877)336-8828 or visit

One Big Brother Makes a Big Difference

tony wI had long considered volunteering at Big Brothers Big Sisters. But it was not until I attended a breakfast for the organization with a friend that my mind was made up.

A mother of a Little Brother stood up and told her personal story.  It touched me and at that moment I knew I wanted to become a mentor – but I had made up in my mind that I was only going to volunteer for one year.

I went through the application process and within no time I became a Big Brother.  I was excited to be matched with 8-year-old Nasir.

I remember the first time we met as if it was yesterday.  I asked him what he wanted to be when he grows-up and he said, “I’m going to be a baller like Lebron James.”  I offered to help him with his game and he said, “Help me with my game?  I can help you with your game.”  I then asked him, what type of grades was he getting in school and this time he wasn’t so quick to answer.  He dropped his head and said, “C’s and D’s.”   I made him a deal.  I told him I would give him ten dollars for every A that he earned and five dollars for every B, but he would get nothing for anything less.  He was rubbing his hands together and smiling as if he had hit the lottery, but I was smiling too, because I knew that I had him. tony and nasir 2014

Today, Nasir is the starting point guard on his basketball team, but even more importantly than that, he’s been on the honor roll for the last four years in a row.  The last time, I asked Nasir what do you want to be when you grow-up, he said, “I want to be an Engineer.  Oh and Tony, I want to be a Big Brother, just like you!”  This is my eighth year as Nasir’s Big Brother!                          

~ Tony Whitten