Ecolab: Bowling Strikes for Twin Cities Kids for 16 Years

June 5, 2019, Jennifer Severson

For 16 years Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising events have supported Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities’ mission to provide youth with 1:1 mentoring relationships and youth development programs. And since 2004, Ecolab and its employees have been passionate supporters of the event.

This year marks the 16th Ecolab-sponsored Bowl for Kids’ Sake, and the fifth year for Ecolab’s Vice President of Global Talent Solutions Joel Pasiuk. Pasiuk, who became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2014 by sitting on the Development Committee, is a Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities board member and enthusiastic advocate of the Bowl for Kids’ Sake event.

On May 17, Ecolab employees – 87 in total – faced off at AMF Saxon Lanes in Little Canada for the annual event, which raised $18,386. Ecolab’s lifetime BFKS fundraising hit the $211,000 mark. Speaking before the event, Pasiuk said, “We’re on our way this year to break $200K and then on to a quarter million.”

See this year’s Ecolab Bowl for Kids’ Sake photos.

“It’s such a win-win event,” said Pasiuk. “BBBS wins for the exposure, the kids win for the match sponsorship dollars, and the team members win for the fun, engagement, competition and comradery. I like it because it brings all of those elements together.”

And the event is fun for every level of bowler. Ecolab typically gets about 55 to 60 bowlers, said Pasiuk, “but we also have silent team members who fundraise but don’t like to bowl.” Since they started, Pasiuk estimates they’ve had well over 800 bowlers get involved, as well as behind-the-scenes supporters.

Those funds aren’t just some impressive numbers to tout – they translate to matches between kids and mentors. “With those funds we’ve been able to sponsor about 140-plus matches,” he said. That means that over 140 kids have seen the impact this event has, thanks to Ecolab alone. And that’s why bowlers show up.

“At the end of the bowl, when we tally our fundraising and we translate that into sponsored matches, that’s my favorite [moment of the event],” Pasiuk said. “I really enjoy looking at the faces of each bowler when they get to hear how many children they have provided for a match. It’s hard to find a dry eye when you make a difference like that.”

With end results like that, it’s easy to see why this event is so important to both Pasiuk and Ecolab. “We all want to make a difference,” Pasiuk said. “The challenges our youth face today are so complex. When you see the effects that our support as an organization, community or bowling team can have, well, that’s amazing.”

HOW TO PARTICIPATE IN BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE

Host a Corporate Bowl for Kids’ Sake

Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a chance for corporations to bring their employees together for some teambuilding and support of a local cause. Host companies choose the date and time, and cover the costs of bowling and refreshments. BBBS coordinates the venue and sets up personalized, company fundraising pages. Employees and their teams aim for a goal to raise $500 or more per team or $100 per individual. Individuals who raise $100 or more receive a fun, limited-edition t-shirt. Funds go toward the corporate partner’s goal of raising $10,000 to directly support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Interested in learning more about how your company can host your own Bowl for Kids’ Sake event? Contact Micaela Olson-Macgregor at molson@bigstwincities.org.

Join Community Bowl for Kids’ Sake – Thursday, August 8, 2019

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities holds a “Community” Bowl for Kids’ Sake that is open to anyone wishing to form a bowling team in support of BBBS. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, Aug. 8, at Memory Lanes in Minneapolis beginning at 4:30 p.m. Online registration opens on June 10, 2019. Contact Bekka Merrill at rmerrill@bigstwincities.org for more information.