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Your time: Bowl for Kids’ Sake, Northampton

  • Katelyn Tsukada, front, Carlin Weirick, left, Alanna Salomone<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>
  • Sam Bruno<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Katie Kelly<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Max Hemingway<br/><br/><br/>
  • Zoe Hemingway, Hank Drapalski, Sean Hemingway<br/><br/><br/>
  • Kelsey Lauria,left, Erin Cherewatti, Carol Wood<br/><br/>
  • Michelle Nessen, left, Emily Johnston<br/><br/><br/>
  • Alita Johnston<br/>
  • Paul Lipman, Lisa Desjarlais,  Noah Rivera
  • Colin Foley<br/>
  • Gina Ringelberg, left, Samanta English
  • Sean Plunkett<br/>
  • Katelyn Tsukada, front, Carlin Weirick, left, Alanna Salomone<br/>
  • Sam Bruno<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Taylor Dupre, front, Katie Kelly<br/>JERREY ROBERTS
  • Max Hemingway

About 400 people gathered on Saturday and Sunday to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, an Amherst-based nonprofit that provides one-to-one mentoring relationships for local children in need of positive adult influence and friendship.

The second annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, held at Spare Time in Northampton, set a goal of raising $70,000. Organizers said they expected about half the amount would be donated by local businesses with the remainder pledged by participants.

The weekend event was dubbed the Masquerade Bowl; everyone received free T-shirts, masks and $5 gift certificates to Bueno y Sano in Northampton. In keeping with the masquerade theme, a team from The Lift salon in Easthampton arrived dressed as superheroes.

Participants formed teams of at least four people, with each member pledging $75 or more. Among the teams was a group from Amherst College; Gina Ringelberg, who heads Big Brothers Big Sisters at the college, bowled with three others from Amherst, who were there with their little sisters and a little brother. Participants from the University of Massachusetts Amherst also turned out.

Lisa Desjarlais, principal of Pelham Elementary School, helped her grandson, Noah Rivera, 4, bowl for the first time. The Pelham Penguins represented the school, which has been a longtime supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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