Bowl against bullying

By on February 3, 2014

Event seeks to teach participants to “be happy”
AURORA—Local adults will soon have a chance to go out, bowl and have fun while learning, too.

“Bowling Against Bullying” is a collaborative endeavor hosted by Kindness Campaign, Nick Edward Haben Foundation and Peak for Kids. The event will take place Saturday, Feb. 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Parkside Lanes in Aurora.

The idea of this fundraising event is to have fun and promote kindness. According to Renee Dee, founder of Peak for Kids, Inc., the groups hope to use some proceeds from the bowling event for Kindness in Kaneland Week and Sugar Grove Corn Boil ideas.

“Basically, we thought it was a good kickoff event for both of our organizations,” Dee said. “(The organizations) are brand new, so it was a nice way to network and get to know everybody and have everybody know who we are and what we do.”

Marc Ebert, owner of Sign FX in Sugar Grove, a planning committee member for the “Bowling Against Bullying” event. He said that the event is a good networking possibility for local business owners.

“It kind of helps get the word out about the bullying,” Ebert said. “If it can come to light by talking about it—that’s kind of our M.O. It’s just, if we can get people to start talking about it, then something good happened. And maybe it can come to light and then so people don’t have to hide with it anymore.”

Jeff Bean, president and founder of Act on Bullying, will speak at the event about the dangers of the cyber bullying epidemic.

Those who attend “Bowling Against Bullying” can munch on pizza, drink soft drinks and bowl. A cash bar of beer and wine will also be available during the event.

Gave Ortiz of Go 4 It Entertainment will DJ the event. Dee said she wants the music to be about “being nice and being happy.” She anticipates hearing Bobby McFerrin’s 1988 song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” during the event.

“I hope everybody will be dancing,” Dee said. “I’m meeting with the DJ. He’s got all sorts of little tricks that he does with the audience.”

There will even be some dance contests during “Bowling Against Bullying.” Attendees will also be able to place bids on silent and live auction items. Auction prizes include a week-long cabin in Wisconsin, and Chicago Cubs tickets. Raffle prizes include Kane County Cougars tickets, a beauty basket and restaurant gift certificates.

Author Amy Logan, a Joliet resident, will be in attendance to bowl and chat with attendees. She will also announce her book, “A Girl with a Cape.”

Trivia, led by DJ Ortiz, will center around bullying, community and kindness.

Those interested in attending the event can register by Friday, Jan. 31, by visiting peakforkids.org.

Individual tickets are $30 and include bowling, shoes, pizza and soft drinks. A registered group of 10 will get two lanes for some five-against-five bowling.

People can also count on more collaborations between Peak for Kids and groups from the Kaneland area and beyond. Dee said that there will be a leadership forum, performing arts projects and sport dedications to kindness.

“All of those specifics will be coming out in the next few months,” she said.

Meanwhile, the upcoming “Bowling Against Bullying” event is the current focus.

“I think (people) should (attend the event) because they believe that bullying is stoppable,” said Maria Dripps-Paulson, a committee member for the event. “And they want to be a part of that movement.”

About Stefanie Frazier

Stefanie Frazier is a freelance reporter for the Elburn Herald. You can reach her at SFrazier@elburnherald.com.

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