Big Brothers Big Sisters of Midcoast Maine thanked and recognized the top fundraisers for this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake event at a special awards ceremony on June 15. The event was held at Bank of America in Belfast. More than 215 teams and 880 bowlers – the largest number ever – participated in the Midcoast Bowl For Kids’ Sake event, which took place from April 25 to May 7. The event generated over $83,000 to support the agency’s Big/Little matches, an increase of $11,000 over last year’s event.

“This event is our largest fundraiser of the year,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Alex Gaeth in a news release. “The revenues raised make it possible for us to run our School-Based and Community-Based Mentoring, which benefits over 300 youth annually in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. The support we receive from the community for this event is incredible and continues to grow every year.”

Event Coordinator Cathy Hardy presented a Special Recognition plaque to Shawn Doll, senior vice president of Bank of America, Belfast, for the company’s significant contribution and support. Altogether, 91 teams from Bank of America raised more than $35,700. The top team fundraiser from Bank of America was The Cuckoo Birds captained by Glenn Reed of Bank of America. His team raised $1,664.

The event’s overall top fundraiser was Danny Jackson from Camden National Bank in Waldoboro, who raised more than $5,100 in pledges. Jackson’s team also captured the Top Team Fundraiser trophy, raising over $5,300. George Sawyer of New Harbor was the second highest fundraiser with over $2,000, and Jennifer Smith, a 10-year old from the Miller School in Waldoboro, finished third with $900. Smith is the first youth ever to finish as one of the top three fundraisers.

Several raffle drawings were held, with Heaven Wadford from Nobleboro School winning the “Littles” drawing and Trenton Stewart of Medomak Valley High School winning the “Bigs” drawing. Each won a $100 Wal-Mart gift card.

All adult bowlers who raised more than $100 in pledges were entered into the Grand Prize raffle drawing. The two grand prizes were won by Cassielee Lynds of Bank of America and Ray DeGrass of Dragon Products. Lynds won a package featuring an overnight stay at the Samoset Resort, his and hers massages from Skin Klinic and Day Spa, and dinner for two at Café Miranda. DeGrass won a 32-inch Toshiba flat screen television from Agren Appliances.

The following is a complete list of those businesses and individuals that were recognized at the event:

Top business fundraiser (with multiple teams)

Bank of America (91 teams – $35,746)

Camden National Bank (seven teams – $6,176)

Hannaford Supermarkets (nine teams – $2,302)

Top three single fundraising teams (other)

1st – Team Action Jackson – (Danny Jackson) Camden National Bank ($5,300-plus)

2nd – Gutterly Fabulous – (Patti Gwara) The First, Damariscotta ($868)

3rd – King Eider’s Pub – (Sarah Maurer) King Eider’s Pub ($685)

Top three single fundraising teams (Bank of America)

1st – The Cuckoo Birds (Glenn Reed) $1,664

2nd – Spare Change (Joel Dupre) $1,562

3rd – Gutter Done (Ed St. Charles) $1,050

Special “Thank –You” Award: Erika Fredrick-Rock

Spirit Award: Gutterly Fabulous – The First, Damariscotta

Rookies of the Year: Roller Derby Girls

Best Team Names: Gutt ‘er Done! (Michelle Michaud)

The Bowling Stones (Chris Poulin)

Honorable mentions: Gutterly Fabulous (Patti Gwara)

Village Souper Bowlers (Linda Hall-Stone)

Top three individual fundraisers:

1st – Danny Jackson ($5,100-plus)

2nd – George Sawyer ($2,000-plus)

3rd – Jennifer Smith ($900)

Top Community-Based Match Fundraiser: David Marceau and Lucas Walker ($250)

Top “Little” Fundraiser: Jennifer Smith, Miller School ($900)

Top “Big” Fundraiser: Ashleigh Holman-Dupuis, Mt. View High School ($180)

Top school fundraiser: Miller School ($965)