Big Brothers and Big Sisters of San Luis Obispo County (BBBS SLO) hosted its third annual Dodgeball Fundraiser. Hurling balls have always been a pastime of the fundraiser for the organization, but when numbers began to drop with their bowling event Patty Carpenter, development director, thought it was time for a change.
Carpenter said the event keeps getting bigger and better. Their first year enticed 16 groups to join in on the fun. This year, 30 groups representing SLO County businesses and organizations decided it would be a good idea to dress up and pelt each other with rubber spheres.
Some of the more colorful teams were the Burt Reynolds’s who sported outfits from the actor’s various movies and faux mustaches and Dolls with Balls dressed in bright pink and light blue with a questionable logo. Commenting on some of the more extravagant costumes, Carpenter said, “You also have some teams that go balls out, if you know what I mean.”
The event not only functions as a fundraiser but also as a way to attract and interest donors from a younger crowd that hopefully continue to give and invest in the non-profit. Avila Bay and Athletic Spa donated its tennis courts while attempting to recoup the extra staffing cost with beer sales. BBBS SLO said that the event produced over $20,000 for the organizations’ countywide youth mentoring programs.
Despite the frivolity of the occasion to some a game is never just a game. Tempers flared toward the end of the competition to the point where BBBS SLO CEO Jenny Luciano felt the need to remind the participants the reason for the event was to help children.
1st Place Loser’s Bracket – Artful Dodgers (RRM Design Group)
Gucci Award – The Burt Reynolds’s (Private Team)
2nd Place Overall – Etna Volcanoes (Etna Interactive)
1st Place and Tournament Winner – All About Events Varsity (All About Events/Title Sponsor)
By Mark A. Diaz