Benefit Bowling Blast! for NWI's Neediest Kids

Benefit Bowling Blast! '21

Saturday Evening, August 14, 2021
Stardust Bowl III, Dyer, IN

Saturday, August 14, 2021
4:45 – 5:45 pm – arrive and sign-in
6:00 – 9:00 pm – bowling, photo booth, food & fun!
7:00 – 9:00 pm – special guest Captain Jack
9:00 – 10:00 pm – 50/50 and Silent Auction drawings

$25 per person Registration fee

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

About the Event

Ahoy Mateys!  This year’s charity event is a pirate-themed fundraiser benefitting our local disadvantaged children. Arrrgh!  A perfect excuse to have a blast and raise some doubloons for these kids.  Bowling is just part of the fun. Keep scrolling for information on prizes, drawings, the famous Captain Jack’s appearance, the best photo booth in Chicagoland, and more. The Benefit Bowling Blast is once again brought to you by the Buns Care Charity and its Sisterhood Chapter.

Benefit Bowling Blast '21Special Guest

Carouse with Captain Jack! This guy is amazing! He will be working the crowd and making himself available for photos around the lanes and at the photo booth. Behave yourself or you may be subject to a flogging! 


GOOD BOWLERS. LOUSY BOWLERS. EVEN NON-BOWLERS.  Put together a team of 4, 5, or 6. If you don’t have enough for a full team, no problem. Go ahead and sign up just 1, 2, or 3 bowlers and we’ll pull it all together. We have reserved all 48 lanes. Room for over 200 bowlers. But this event always fills up fast, so do not delay. Get to work on your team today and register by AUGUST 3rd!

The registration fee is a paltry $25 per person.  Each bowler gets:

  • 3 hours of bowling and shoe rental
  • Food, soft drinks, coffee, and dessert
  • A cash bar with plenty of beer, cheap rum and other spirits
  • A pirate-themed event T-shirt (register by July 30 or you may not get a bloody t-shirt)
  • Professional team, group, and individual photos by Laughbooth     
  • A chance to win some great prizes
  • Buy into a 50/50 drawing (our last pot paid out $600!)
  • Bid on a wide variety Silent Auction items

Our goal is to raise $17,000 this year thru event sponsorships, raffles, and individual donations. Bowlers can help us meet the goal by simply asking your friends, employers, co-workers, and other landlubbers to donate just a few dollars in support of you, under your name or your team’s name. Easy to do it on this website via credit card or PayPal. Let them know that all proceeds will remain in our community. And blimey! We almost forgot. The 2 teams with the most donated to them will win prizes!

CLICK HERE to download the event flyer.

Go all out and DRESS UP like a Pirate, Lady Pirate or Wench

Benefit Bowling Blast '21Although it’s not required, dressing up will really add to the atmosphere and make for some great photo opportunities while bowling and in the photo booth. There’s plenty of time to get some pirate garb together. The best costumes will win prizes worth over $400!

This is a Kid-Friendly Event

Benefit Bowling Blast '21Register them too. Dress up the scallywags and drag them along if you like. There will be prizes for the best Lad and Lassie costumes. The kids always enjoy posing in the photo booth and plundering the huge Striker’s Arcade, but if the little brats act up too much the Captain may have them walk the plank!


PRIZES worth over $1,000!
Compliments of Easy Clean Car Wash


  • PIRATE – $200 in car washes
  • WENCH OR LADY PIRATE – $200 in car washes
  • LAD – Booty bag of chocolate gold coins
  • LASSIE – Booty bag of chocolate gold coins


  • Team with most in donations – $200 in car washes
  • Team with 2nd most in donations – $150 in car washes


  • Game one – $150 in car washes
  • Game two – $150 in car washes


  • Most Creative Team Name – $150 in car washes
  • Second Most Creative Team Name – $120 in car washes


Big Drawings!

  • 50/50 Drawing ($1 tickets) – Our last Benefit Bowling Blast had a $1200 pot! Some lucky pirate or wench will be taking home a sweet booty
  • Silent Auction – Everyone will have a chance to drop $1 tickets in a bid box to bid on some of the wide assortment of fantastic items displayed on the auction tables.  We always have well over 50 great items in the auction, ranging in value from $25 to $250 or more

Recycle eWaste for Free Auction Tickets!

Buns Care Charity Benefit Bowling Blast
  • KEEP eWASTE OUT OF LANDFILLS! Get 5 FREE $1 auction tickets for each undamaged cell phone, tablet, or iPad (these are the only electronics we will be accepting at the event). Drop the off at the Sisterhood Table and the ladies will properly recycle them to help fund their Free PreK-at-Home program.
  • They also accept and recycle ink cartridges, but they won’t get you any free tickets.

How to Participate

Step One:  Register to Bowl (3 Options)

  • Preregister by AUGUST 3rd to be assured of receiving a custom 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.
  • Best way to pay (easiest for you and for us) is online when you register. Credit card, Debit card, or PayPal. Or you can pay by mail (Include a check with the Bowler/Team Mail-in Form).

Step Two (optional):  WIN PRIZES by Soliciting Donations

  • Win part of $350 worth of prizes!
  • 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

  • 4:45 to 5:45 pm – Arrive at Stardust III in Dyer to check in, get your t-shirt, shoes and lane assignment.  If possible (unless you are in full costume) please put on your event t-shirt at the bowling alley.
  • 6-10 pm – Have a Blast!

Benefit Bowling Blast '21

Event Status

This event is currently private

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor Online or download the Sponsor Mail-in Form.

Silent Auction Item Donors

We need lots of desirable items for our Silent Auction. Items can be dropped off at our Griffith office (please include a note) or email us at and we’ll have a volunteer arrange for a pickup.. Individual or company donors will receive the following benefits:

  • Your name or company name on the Auction Ticket Drop Box
  • Your name or company name announced as the winning ticket is drawn
  • Recognition on our website and 2 Facebook pages

Suggested Auction Items:  Themed gift baskets and gift bags • Gift Certificates • Electronics • Rum and other spirits • Jewelry • Sporting goods • Tickets to sporting events, concerts, etc • Memberships • Memorabilia • Toys • Small appliances

About the Charity

Benefit Bowling Blast '21

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

What the Charity Does

Benefit Bowling Blast '21Kids Shoe Drive

In first 4 years of our Kids Shoe Drive the Buns Care Charity was able to provide over 2000 pair ($30,000 value) of new shoes to some of Lake County’s underprivileged children. We accomplish this by setting up more than 20 business collection locations throughout the county, making it convenient for anyone to drop off a pair or two. The generosity of the community and the cooperation of local businesses greatly contribute to the success of this event. The Kids Shoe Drive runs for one week each year, beginning on #GivingTuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. This year’s event will begin on November 30 and run thru December 6.

Education Assistance

Benefit Bowling Blast '21FREE 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 Charity ScholarshipsSCHOLARSHIPS.

Every spring the Charity gives out scholarships to deserving local high school seniors. This year we’re blessed to be able to present SIX $1000 checks to students from Calumet New Tech HS (2), Andrean HS (1), Lake Central HS (2), and Griffith HS (1). Four of this year’s recipients are pictured here. CONGRATULATIONS!

Benefit Bowling Blast '21LITTLE FREE PRE-K LIBRARY

PreK books are available in front of the Charity’s office at 825 W 45th St in Griffith. Bring your little one and borrow a book or two, any time, day or night.

Buns Care Charity
Buns Care - Sisterhood Chapter

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