Benefit Bowling Blast! '18 for NWI's Neediest Kids

Benefit Bowling Blast! '18 for NWI's Neediest Kids

Saturday Evening, August 25, 2018
Stardust Bowl, Dyer, IN

Saturday, August 25, 2018
5:00 – 5:30 pm – arrive and sign-in
6:00 – 9:00 pm – bowling & fun!
7:00 – 9:00 pm – The Bluez Brothers
9:00 – 9:45 pm – drawings & prizes
Photobooth open all evening

$20 per person Registration fee

Stardust Bowl, 1330 Sheffield Ave, Dyer, IN 46311

About the Event

The Buns Care Charity’s Benefit Bowling Blast is all about having a great time while having a positive impact on the lives of our community’s disadvantaged children. Get involved! Sign up, show up and have a BLAST!

Put together a team of 4, 5 or 6 and get ready to have a Bowling Blast!  Not enough people for a full team? Not a problem. Sign up 2 or 3 or just sign up as an individual and we’ll pull it all together.  You don’t need to be much of a bowler because this event is more about having a great time and supporting our community’s neediest children.

The registration fee is only $20 per person. Pre-registration required by August 15th if you want an event T-shirt. Your registration fee gets you:
3 hours of bowling & shoe rental event t-shirt (**must include your size on the registration**)  plenty of food, soft drinks & dessert  professional wacky team photos  a chance to win prizes and participate in drawings

It is not required, but we ask that each bowler raise a little money to help support the cause. Have a goal of raising just $30 by asking people you to support you as a bowler and help our kids at the same time.  You’ll be surprised at how easy this is and will quickly see that you can raise much more, just by asking.

Our goal is to raise $12,000 thru individual donations and event sponsorships. All fund raised will remain in our community.

CLICK HERE to download event flyer

How to Participate

Step One:  Register to Bowl

  • Pre-registration required by August 15th if you want an event T-shirt.
  • Become a Team Captain and CREATE A TEAM.  Come up with a creative team name. Add your name to the team.  Invite people to register as part of your team.
  • JOIN A TEAM that is expecting you.
  • SIGN UP AS AN INDIVIDUAL and we will create a team for you or find a place on a team.
  • To pay by mail, include your check with the Bowler Mail-in Form.

Step Two:  Solicit Donations

  • Try to raise at least $30 per bowler. When you hit $30, go for more! Ask a few friends for $10 or $20 in support. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. Keep asking more friends!
  • Be sure to let everyone know that their donations are tax deductible.
  • Start early! Don’t wait until the last minute. It is never too early.
  • Ask everyone you know to support you as a bowler and help the cause. Have them make donations on behalf of you or your team securely online with a credit card or debit card in advance of the event.
  • In addition to in-person requests, send out some emails explaining why you are bowling and ask them to support you and the kids by making any size contribution. Include a link to the “Donate” page. This is a painless alternative and can bring in a surprising amount of donations.
  • Registration fees, Sponsor fees and donations can also be made by check, payable to: Buns Care Charity and mail to 2301 Cline Avenue, Suite 107, Schererville, IN 46375. To insure you are included and your signs, banner or t-shirts are there for you, your check needs to arrive by August 4th.

Step Three:  Show Up

  • 5:00 to 5:30 pm – Arrive at Stardust III in Dyer to check in, get your t-shirt, shoes and lane assignment.  If at all possible, arrange to be able to change into your event t-shirt at the bowling alley.
  • 6-10 pm – Have a Blast!

Prizes Worth $1500!

No skill required!

  • 1ST PLACE – (see Step Two: Solicit Donations) The team that brings in the highest total of donations to its team and its bowlers combined, will win 60 Ultimate car washes, compliments of Easy Clean Car Wash, located in Schererville, Highland, Griffith, and Lansing
  • 2ND PLACE – The team that brings in the second highest total of donations to its team and its bowlers combined, will win 45 Ultimate car washes, compliments of Easy Clean Car Wash, located in Schererville, Highland, Griffith, and Lansing
  • 3RD PLACE – The team that brings in the third highest total of donations to its team and its bowlers combined, will win 30 Ultimate car washes, compliments of Easy Clean Car Wash, located in Schererville, Highland, Griffith, and Lansing
  • Game one’s highest scorer will win 6 Ultimate car washes.
  • Game two’s highest scorer will win 6 Ultimate car washes.
  • The Team Captain that comes up with the most creative team name will win 3 Ultimate car washes.
  • Everyone in attendance can buy into a 50/50 drawing.
  • Everyone in attendance can bid on a big variety of quality items at the Chinese Raffle tables.

Special Guests

The Bluez Brothers

  • Fresh out of prison in Joliet and after completing a whirlwind tour of Chicago night spots, the Bluez Brothers will be bringing their act to the Benefit Bowling Blast!
  • They will be arriving with a police escort at 7pm to dance, cavort and interact with their friends and fans at Stardust.
  • Enjoy their antics, dance with them, and take advantage of some great photo opportunities with Jake and Elwood.

The Blues Brothers

Want free raffle tickets?

Buns Care Charity Benefit Bowling BlastRecycle at the event!

  • Bring in your old, undamaged small electronics and trade them for a fistful of free $1 Chinese Raffle tickets. Drop them off at the Sisterhood Chapter’s table and the ladies will recycle them.
  • Get 5 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS for each undamaged CELL PHONE, tablet, iPad, iPod, video game console or Kindle
  • They’ll recycle your inkjet cartridges too, but sorry, no free tickets. Please have them in a plastic bag.

Event Status

Last Bowlathon Raised: $6,395.00
$12,000.00 Goal / Current donations $15,083.00

To donate on behalf of a team or bowler, please click on a name below

Mini Mullets

$40.00 in donations


$0.00 in donations


$30.00 in donations


Atty Roy Dominguez

Indiana National Guard

Salzeider Family Charity

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor Online or download the Sponsor Mail-in Form.

Gold Sponsors

Includes benefits below:
  • Each Gold Sponsor will have its own full color 4’ stand-up sign, prominently placed, with company name, logo, and detailed company info.
  • Each Gold Sponsor will have its name etc on the back of approximately 200 event t-shirts.
  • Recognition on our website, Facebook pages, in our newsletters and press releases.

Sisterhood Chapter Sponsor (2)

Includes benefits below:
  • Each Sisterhood sponsor will have its own full color 4’ stand-up event sign positioned by the charity’s Sisterhood Chapter information table, with your company name, logo and detailed company information.
  • Recognition on our website, Facebook pages, in our newsletters and press releases.
  • The satisfaction of providing funds for 15 more PreK Teaching Kits for children that cannot afford traditional preschool. These kits and some basic guidance from the ladies of the Sisterhood will help parents make sure that their child is not behind when entering Kindergarten, helping them succeed throughout school and beyond. CLICK HERE to learn more about the PreK Program.

Major Sponsorships are also available

Contact the event organizers at if you would like to put together a custom Major Sponsorship package for anywhere from $2500 to $5000.

Chinese Raffle Item Donors

We need desirable items for our Chinese Raffle. Contact us at and we’ll have a volunteer make a pick up. Includes benefits below:

  • Your name on the Raffle Ticket Bowl
  • Your name announced when the winning bidder is announced
  • Recognition on our website and 2 Facebook pages

Suggested Chinese Raffle items:  • Electronics • Themed Gift Baskets • Top-shelf Booze • Gift Certificates • Jewelry • Sporting Goods • Dining Experience • Tickets to Cubs, Sox, Bears, Concerts, Shows, etc.

Everyone in attendance can enter to win a wide assortment of quality items at our Chinese Raffle tables.

About the Charity

The Buns Care Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit, based in Schererville, and is dedicated to the education and welfare of children-in-need across Northwest Indiana. The new Sisterhood Chapter of the Buns Care’s primary focus is promoting the importance of pre-K education and providing assistance when formal preschool is not an affordable option.

Buns Care Charity
2301 Cline Avenue, Suite 107
Schererville, IN 46375
This event’s email:
General email:
Sisterhood email:

  • The Buns Care Charity is verified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.  All donations are tax deductible.
  • The Buns Care Charity is incorporated in the State of Indiana as: Buns Care Inc., business ID 201605161141666, a Domestic Nonprofit Corporation, conforming to law as prescribed by the provisions of the Indiana Nonprofit act of 1991.
  • FEIN 81-2779015
Buns Care Charity
Buns Care - Sisterhood Chapter

What the Charity Does

Annual Kids Shoe Drive

Buns Care - Annual Kids Shoe DriveOver the last 2 years we have been able to provide over 600 pair of new shoes to Lake County’s neediest children. We collected and distributed 179 pair in 2016 and an amazing 440 pair in 2017 with a total value of more than $12000. We do this by setting up business collection points throughout the county (21 last year) making it easy for everyone to drop off a pair or two. This year our goal is to wipe out our 440-pair record. The shoe drive runs for one week each year, beginning on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Education Assistance

Buns Care - Sisterhood ChapterOur Sisterhood Chapter is being led by Northwest Indiana’s cheerleader for children, Barbara Muckel. The focus of the Sisterhood is raising awareness to the importance of preschool education and helping families without the means to afford traditional preschool give their kids a chance to excel upon entering Kindergarten. The Sisterhood will provides basic guidance and effective tools like a preschool teaching kit full of hands-on exercises, requiring just 20 minutes of dedicated interaction per day between a parent and child. CLICK HERE to learn more about the Sisterhood Chapter.


Buns Care - ScholarshipSCHOLARSHIPS.  Last year the Charity was able to present a modest scholarship to a deserving graduating senior from Lake Central High School.  In 2018 we were able to present another scholarship and feel blessed that this time we were able to double the amount.

FINE ARTS.  We have also been able to help fund Andrean High School’s “Athletics, Fine Arts and Extracurricular Activities” program.  These sort of things are being cut out of school budgets and we feel they are necessary for maintaining the overall mental and physical progress of our youth.

In February 2018

Buns Care St. Jude HouseThe Charity was able to provide financial assistance to St. Jude House in Crown Point for their new playground.  The children that are sheltered there with their victimized mothers needed a new playground and the Charity feels very fortunate to be able to help.

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