BRIGHT Sponsors

Raffle Prize Donors

Lisa & Kayla Cherry        Cruise & Associates         Tammi & Jeff Gotschall, Resting Heart Cattle Co.       

Aimee Heesacker        Gary Kruse        Carrie Mausbach         Nebraska Flag Builders        

CoLynn Paprocki        Phil & Mary Raimondo        Dave Whalen


ABEL INC        Behlen Mfg. Co.        Brett & Penny Bonwell        Borg Dairy Farm        Kay Claus        Lisa Davies        Don & Kathy Dreesen

Eller Heating, Air Conditioning and Plumbing        Ginger Moon & Associates Insurance Agency        Cathy Gokie        Great Plains State Bank        Gary Groteluschen        Justin Groteluschen

Aimee Heesacker        Rosemarie Heinisch        Insurance Services of Columbus        Jeff Johnson        Kiwanis Club of Columbus        Melanie Knoepfle        Aaron Kosch, Kosch Financial

Kubler Management        M. Timm Development        Mancuso & Quattrocchi Dental        Carrie Mausbach        McKown Funeral Home        Amber Miller        Nila M. Novotny, M.D.        Optimist Club of Columbus

Optometric Center of Columbus, PC, Drs. Hobbs & Dinslage        Pizza Ranch        Kelly Schroeder         Schumacher, Smejkal, Brockhaus & Herley, PC       

Sipple, Hansen, Emerson, Schumacher & Klutman        St. Anthony Knights of Columbus Council 9264        Terrance Thiele, CPA        Twin Rivers Vet Clinic

Wallick’s Radiator Service        Weber Insurance Agency        Lisa Wemhoff        Anna Williams        Anonymous

Prize Sponsors

Ace Hardware        Advance Auto Parts        Agri-City Insurance        Alpha Media        Alternative Hair Fashions: Laurie Walker       

Amigos        Auto Zone        Awards & Engraving        Barbara Jean’s        Behlen Mfg. Co.        Bella Hair Salon: Danette Depietro        Black Hills Energy

Bo’s West        Bomgaars        The Broken Mug        Casey’s General Stores        CEC Theatres        Columbus Community Hospital       

Columbus Music        Connecting Point        Corner Stop/A&W/Long John Silver’s        Dairy Queen        Daylight Donuts

Dusters & the Gottberg Brew Pub         Earl May        El Mezcal        El Tapatio        Fingertips by Jaci        Glurs Tavern        Husker House        Hy-Vee        JG Enterprizes, LLC

Lone Star Trading Post        Loxx Salon: Denise Matejka        M-Mart        Maurices        Nebraska Cycling and Fitness        OfficeNet

Osantowski, Inc. dba Harley Davidson Sales        Party Palace        Picket Fence Cafe        Prestige Dry Cleaners        Runza       

Salon Estilos        Sears Hometown Store        Sew What        Shadows Restaurant and Pub        Stack N Steak        Sweet Harvest Popcorn Shoppe       

Tooley Drug        Totally Clipz: Holly Jareske        Touch-n-Tan        Typhoon Car Wash        Urban Farm Boutique        Steve & Cathy Wadas        Wendy’s

Thank you to Janice Nichols and Riley Scott for providing our MC entertainment during the bowling parties.

And thank you to Westbrook Lanes for continuing to host this annual event.

What is Bowl-A-Thon?

Bowl-A-Thon is Big Pals-Little Pals’ signature fundraiser.

Each year our supporters come together to have fun and raise money for Big Pals-Little Pals as we change how children grow up! Bowl-A-Thon is the perfect way for both individuals and companies 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. We ask that all teams donate or fundraise $150 to participate, but teams that raise more will earn some fabulous prizes!

As a “thank you” for your support and enthusiasm, Big Pals-Little Pals hosts celebratory parties at Westbrook Lanes. No bowling expertise is required, only the willingness to share in our heartfelt and sincere thanks for helping us transform the lives of kids in Columbus.

How can I get involved with Bowl-A-Thon?

There are 4 ways to support the Big Pals-Little Pals Bowl-A-Thon event:

  1. Become a corporate sponsor – Is your company looking for a worthwhile cause to support? Do your employees want to attend the most fun bowling event in town? Sounds like a Bowl-A-Thon sponsorship is right up your alley! We offer a variety of sponsorship levels to fit every budget and each level includes great promotion for your company, as well as an invite for your favorite employees to join our bowling party on November 4!
  2. Start a fundraising team – You and 3 of your best pals can form a team and collect donations on behalf of Big Pals-Little Pals. Each team is asked to raise a minimum of $150 in donations for the agency – but teams who raise more will earn some pretty fabulous awards! All participants will be invited to a bowling party at Westbrook Lanes on November 4! Your team members will receive 2 hours of free cosmic bowling, free shoe rental, neon party favors and the chance to win lots of prizes.
  3. Make a donation – Can’t have a team? Support the cause as one of our amazing financial donors! You can donate online through our website, with cash or check, or make a pledge and receive an invoice later. There’s no donation too big or little. Every penny raised stays right here in Columbus to help us continue making and sustaining matches that inspire youth in our community.
  4. Purchase raffle ticketsWe’ve got some amazing grand prizes for the raffle this year and (trust us!) you want lots of chances to win! To purchase raffle tickets and learn about the prizes, contact a Big Pals-Little Pals board member, or get in touch with the Executive Director at 402-563-1081. (Winners will be drawn at the event on November 4. You do not need to be present to win.)

Why does Bowl-A-Thon have a neon theme this year?

We want this year’s fundraiser to be bigger, better and brighter than ever! We decided to freshen up Bowl-A-Thon with a fun theme and give our participants the chance to have a raving good time with black-light bowling, glow sticks and all things neon. Bowlers are invited to dress in fluorescent colors and give their groups bright and crazy team names to get in the spirit of the event. Prizes will be given to participants who really embrace the neon theme!

What exactly does the Big Pals-Little Pals agency do?

For general information on Big Pals-Little Pals, check out this page.

What are donations raised during Bowl-A-Thon used for?

Every dollar collected during Bowl-A-Thon stays right here in Columbus to help cover all of the costs associated with keeping the Big Pals-Little Pals agency going strong! Funds are used for monthly match activities, volunteer background checks, costs associated making and supporting the matches, and general operating expenses.