Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia GorgeHood River, OR – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBS) holds its largest annual community-based fundraiser this Saturday, March 10 at Orchard Lanes in Hood River. This year’s event features title sponsors NW Natural and Hood River Garbage Service, and more than 250 community members, businesses and agencies in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the children they serve in our communities!

 “The bowling is a bonus for the hard work teams put in to raising funds for the program,” according to Tim Sweeney, of Hood River Construction and BBBS’s Advisory Board. “It’s a lot of fun and a great way to support a program that makes a real difference for local kids!”

BBBS matches children with a caring, screened and trained volunteer who acts as a role model, providing friendship, guidance and support. Currently, the program supports more than 80 matches in Hood River, Wasco and Klickitat counties. It’s not too late to contribute. You can make a difference by going to and clicking DONATE NOW.

 BBBS is powered by the financial support of numerous individuals and businesses in our Columbia Gorge communities. For more information about donating to Bowl for Kids’ Sake or to get involved in the program, please contact Kristin Reese at 541-436-0305 or at 

Leos Recycle to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters

Hood River, OR – On Saturday, March 3rd,  Hood River Leos will be recycling your cans and bottles to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBS). From 9AM to 1PM, the Leos will accept all redeemable bottles and cans at the Rosauers parking lot next to the Lions’ paper recycling trailer. The funds will support Leos’ bowling teams at Bowl for Kids’ Sake, BBBS’ largest annual fundraiser presented by NW Natural and The Dalles Disposal/Hood River Garbage Service on Saturday, March 10th at Orchard Lanes.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great cause,” said Claire Rawson, Leos’ President. “Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a great fun way to support local kids reaching their full potential.” Hood River Leos also support Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the summer with the proceeds from concessions sales at Movies in the Park.

Currently, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge has 84 boys and girls matched with caring, carefully screened, and trained volunteer mentors – but there are more than 20 children waiting for a Big of their own. You can help by delivering your recyclable cans and bottles to the Leos this Saturday, March 3rd between 9AM and 1PM. The funds raised will help support existing matches and enable BBBS to match additional youth in Wasco, Hood River and Klickitat County with an amazing Big Brother or Big Sister.

Boys are Waiting

We’re looking for a few good men to be Big Brothers.

Could you be the man? 

Leos Raise Funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters at Movies in the Park

Hood River Leos Support Local Littles in a Big Way

Hood River, Oregon: The Hood River Valley Leos, a project of the Lions Clubs of Hood River Valley for students ages 12 through 18, takes their mission of “We Serve” seriously.

This summer, the Leos are raising funds in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge (BBBS). Saturday evenings in July and August, the Leos will be selling candy, popcorn and snack bars at Movies in the Park at Jackson Park with all proceeds going to benefit BBBS. “The Hood River Leos are an amazing group of young people. They do so much for our community, especially children in need! We truly appreciate their dedication, spending their Saturday nights raising money to help kids,” shared Kristin Reese, program manager of BBBS.

“Our club is all about serving in the community”, said Anne Iskra, high school student and Leo member, “Leos is a club that has great opportunities to volunteer so you don’t have to look to find one on your own.”

 In addition, a generous community member is matching the funds the Leos raise up to $100 each evening.  The community can help support the Leos and BBBS by buying popcorn and other treats at Movies in the Park on Saturdays, from July 17 through the end of August.

 This isn’t the only way the Hood River Leos support BBBS. In March, they raised more than $3,000 for the BBBS annual fundraiser, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. “We are lucky to have this dynamic group of young people involved in our community. All funds they raise go to support important local organizations – that is pretty amazing,” Reese said.

 Anne Iskra and her fellow Hood River Leos enjoy supporting local causes, “When we raise the money we know that it is going to a good cause and that fun memories will come from the hours spent working to raise the money, “ Iskra shared.

 BBBS matches youth ages 6-14 with caring, safe, and supportive mentors and is a program of The Next Door, Inc. To find out how you can get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters or The Next Door visit their website at

 The Hood River Valley Leos Club accepts young people, ages 12 through 18, who want to give back to their community. Email for more information.

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Bigs and Littles Learn to Surf

Bigs and Littles Enjoy Learning to Windsurf

Littles learning to windsurfMonday, June 14,2010. Kids and mentors enjoyed a warm and windy day on the water at the 3rd Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsurfing Clinic in Hood River at The Hook. Little Brother Enrique Olmos of Bingen said, “It’s fun. It’s easier than I thought it’d be.”

“People travel from all over the world to windsurf in the Gorge,” said Beth McCullough, BBBS Match Coordinator. “It seems only fair that our locals should get a chance get on the water too. With our tight budget, it was only with the generous support of Big Winds and CGWA that we were able to make this clinic happen.”

By the end of the clinic, some of the kids had caught the ‘windsurfing bug.’ Little Brother Evan Brown of Hood River asked his mentor, Mike Schock, “Can I do this again tomorrow?”