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

Benefit Bowling Blast! '19

Saturday Evening, August 17, 2019
Stardust Bowl III, Dyer, IN

Saturday, August 17, 2019
5:00 – 5:30 pm – arrive and sign-in
6:00 – 9:00 pm – bowling & fun!
9:00 – 9:45 pm – drawings & prizes

$24 per person Registration fee

Stardust Bowl III, 1330 Sheffield Ave, Dyer, IN 46311

About the Event

THIS FUNDRAISER BENEFITS OUR LOCAL CHILDREN-IN-NEED. This year’s Benefit Bowling Blast coincides with the exact date of 1969’s WOODSTOCK.  50 YEARS LATER!  What a great excuse to dress up like HIPPIES and raise some funds for Lake County’s disadvantaged children.  The Buns Care Charity and the Buns Care Sisterhood Chapter are dedicated to having a positive impact on the lives of these kids. This event is a fun way for YOU to help!


GOOD BOWLERS. LOUSY BOWLERS. EVEN NON-BOWLERS.  Put together a team of 4, 5, or 6. Not enough people for a full team? Not a problem.  Sign up 2 or 3 or just sign up as an individual and we will pull it all together.

The registration fee is only $24 per person.  Each bowler gets:

  • 3 hours of bowling and shoe rental
  • Food, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert
  • To be assured of receiving a far-out, tie-dyed event t-shirt, register by JULY 31
  • Professional team and individual photos
  • A chance to win prizes and participate in drawings

Our goal is to raise $16,000 this year thru event sponsorships and individual donations. Bowlers can help us meet that goal by asking friends to donate just a few dollars each in support of you or your team.  Easy to do here, via PayPal or credit card. All funds raised will remain in our community.

CLICK HERE to download the event flyer.

Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary


The Event Day coincides with the 50th anniversary of one of the most important events in music history: WOODSTOCK, August 15, 16 and 17, 1969! Many consider Woodstock as the core of the counterculture generation. The festival drew 400,000 people to Max Yasgur’s New York farm for 3 days of peace, love and music, performed by 32 acts, including Santana, Grateful Dead, Credence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Ravi Shankar, The Who, Jimi Hendrix and Crosby Stills Nash & Young.

Come dressed like a Hippie (optional)

Benefit Bowling Blast 2019

Although its not required, dressing up like a hippie will really add to the atmosphere and make for some great photo opportunities up and down the lanes, and in the photo booth.  We’ll be providing the tie-dyed t-shirts, the rest is up to you!  Dig up some headbands, beads, bell bottoms, bandanas, floppy hats, sunglasses, peace symbols.  There’s a lot of time to get your hippie stuff together! Join in the fun if you like. The best hippie costumes will win some great prizes!

Great Prizes! Compliments of Easy Clean


  • Team of 4 or more will receive $150 in car washes
  • Hippie Chick – groovy Lava Lamp
  • Hippie Guy – groovy Lava Lamp

MOST $$ DONATED TO TEAMS (see step 2)

  • Team with the most in donations will receive $150 in car washes
  • Team with 2nd most in donations will receive $100 in car washes

Big Drawings!

  • 50/50 Drawing – Last year’s pot was $716! This year???
  • Everyone in attendance can bid on a wide variety of quality items at the Chinese Auction tables.

Recycle eWaste for Free Auction Tickets!

Buns Care Charity Benefit Bowling Blast
  • Bring in your old, undamaged cell phones and other small electronics and trade them for a bunch of free $1 Chinese Auction tickets.  Drop them off at the Sisterhood Chapter’s table and the ladies will do the rest. Get 5 FREE RAFFLE TICKETS for each undamaged cell phone, tablet, iPad, iPod, Kindle, or video game console.
  • They will also recycle your inkjet cartridges, but sorry, no free tickets.

How to Participate

Step One:  Register to Bowl
(3 Options)

  • Preregister by JULY 31 to be assured of receiving a groovy tie-dyed 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 (optional)

  • 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.

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!

Benefit Bowling Blast 2019

Event Status

This event is currently private

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor Online or download the Sponsor Mail-in Form.

Platinum Sponsor (2 available)

Includes benefits below:
  • Each Platinum Sponsors will be recognized with your name and logo on your own prominently placed, full color, custom 8 foot banner.
  • Each Major Sponsor will have it’s name, etc on the backs of 200-250 event t-shirts.
  • Recognition on our website, Facebook pages, in our newsletters and press releases.

Gold Sponsor (2 available)

Includes benefits below:
  • All Gold Sponsors will be recognized on one full color, custom 4 ft stand-up sign, prominently placed
  • Each Gold Sponsor will have it’s name, etc on the backs of 200-250 event t-shirts
  • Recognition on our website, Facebook pages, in our newsletters and press releases.

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 Charity is a 501c3 nonprofit and is dedicated to improving the education and welfare of Lake County’s children-in-need. The Charity’s Sisterhood Chapter’s primary focus is promoting the importance of PreK education and providing a free at-home program when traditional preschool is not an affordable option.

Buns Care Charity
825 W 45th, Griffith IN, 46319
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 Charity 2018 Shoe DriveOver the last 3 years, the Buns Care Charity has been able to provide over 1200 pair of new shoes to some of Lake County’s underprivileged children. In 2016 we collected and distributed 179 pair. In 2017, 440 pair.  Then last December  we had an amazing 620 pair! We accomplish this by setting up 0more than 20 business collection points throughout the county, making it convenient for anyone to drop off a pair or two.  The Kids Shoe Drive runs for a week each year, beginning on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Education Assistance

Buns Care Charity Sisterhood Teaching KitFREE PreK-at-HOME PROGRAM
The Charity’s Sisterhood Chapter works at raising awareness to the importance of preschool education. The ladies of the Sisterhood help families with out the means to afford traditional preschool be able to give their kids a chance to excel upon entering Kindergarten.  They provide some basic guidance and a professional teaching kit at no charge.  The kits are full of hands-on exercises and require only 15-20 minutes per day of dedicated interaction between a child and parent or caregiver.  CLICK HERE to learn more.



Buns Care - ScholarshipSCHOLARSHIPS.  Every year the Charity gives out one or two modest scholarships to deserving local seniors.  At the time of this writing we are planning on one scholarship going to a Lake Central senior and another to a Calumet High School senior.

ART SUPPLIES.  Last fall a Lake County school reached out to us.  The had a new art teacher, a classroom, but there were zero dollars in the budget for art supplies.  They had to start the school year using just newspapers and makers.  The Buns Care was able to provide enough supplies to get them thru the entire year.

Growing and on the Move

Buns Care Charity Benefit Bowling BlastThis year we found it necessary to move to a larger facility.  We outgrew our small Schererville office a long time ago.  In 2017 the interest in our free Prek-at-Home program grew rapidly.  In early 2018 we began the process of expanding our Sisterhood Chapter so we could handle the demand.  In May of 2018 we moved into our new, 500 square foot storefront headquarters.  You can find us now at 825 W. 45th Street in Griffith, located between Clear Ear Hearing Aids and Ron Pierce State Farm.

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