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Bowl for Kids Sake spurs comeback of Big Brothers Big Sisters in RhinelanderSubmitted: 04/04/2014
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Bowl for Kids Sake spurs comeback of Big Brothers Big Sisters in Rhinelander
RHINELANDER - Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to make a strong return to the Northwoods.

The more than $4,000 they raised Friday night will go a long way.

The group hosted Bowl for Kids Sake at Hodag Lanes in Rhinelander.

A team of our own from right here at Newswatch 12 even rattled some pins.

Big Brothers Big Sisters hopes to make the bowling night an annual event.

The group helps match mentors with children needing a role model.

It's coming back after fading in the Northwoods during the last decade.

For more information, visit their website below.



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