Brunch and Bowl is back at Bol to support Children’s Global Alliance
If You Go ...
What: Brunch and Bowl, a benefit for the Children’s Global Alliance
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6.
Where: Bol restaurant and bar, 141 E. Meadow Drive, Unit 113, Vail Village.
Cost: $100 per bowler and $20 for spectators. Bowlers get a full brunch spread. Spectators get snacks and two drink tickets.
More information: Bowling is sold out, but you can still hang out with these wonderful people. Call 407-625-7111, or email email@example.com. To buy tickets in advance, go to http://www.childrensglobalalliance.org and click on the link to “donate.”
VAIL — Bloody Marys and bowling for breakfast?
Yeah. You’re headed to Bol in Solaris for the Children’s Global Alliance’s annual Brunch and Bowl.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year that helps us raise the important dollars used to fund our service projects,” said Children’s Global Alliance founder Lisa-Marie Howell.
Children’s Global Alliance is a local nonprofit that earned Travelocity’s 2010 Ambassador of Change Award. It’s a service organization for local students interested in hands-on volunteer experiences in impoverished countries.
Howell manages Bol, the bowling alley/restaurant in Vail’s Solaris. She doesn’t get paid for any of this, and no one else takes a salary, either. All the money goes to the work they do, and the kids raise all of their own travel money.
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Where the money goes
Money raised at Brunch and Bowl and other benefits fund service projects that include planting crops, providing running water, buying school supplies, providing medical care, repairing homes and teaching classes on gardening and woodshop.
Howell moved to the valley from Florida in 2008. She was looking for ways to connect with the community and volunteered as a mentor for at-risk kids at Berry Creek Middle School.
“At first, the kids weren’t sure what to think of me. I kept showing up, and the more I showed up, the more respect I gained,” she said.
A little nudge and some encouragement was all it took to get some of them moving in the right direction.
“I watched these kids considered at-risk change before my eyes,” she said.
Howell spent five weeks working in a Cambodian orphanage and saw lots of those kids dealing with the same struggles. This experience inspired her to launch Children’s Global Alliance.
The kids are between 12 and 17 years old. Some of the ones she started with are headed to college, and she tries not to cry when she’s writing recommendation letters for kids who started with her eight years ago.
Children’s Global Alliance started by sending five kids to one country. This year, it’s 50 kids to five countries.
The 300 silent auction items include vacations to Mexico and Nicaragua, getaways to Denver, golf at Frost Creek and other private clubs and staycations in Vail. The live auction has a dozen items well worth bidding upon.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.