The recent Bowl for Kids' Sake event – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan's signature annual fundraising event – raised $94,000 thanks to more than 260 individuals representing area businesses and local groups getting pledges and bowling. The organization is also recognizing its biggest fundraiser, Ron Smith, by awarding him with two round trip airline tickets courtesy of Cherry Capital Airport.
"Ron is like an army of one," says BBBS Executive Director Cecilia Chesney. "Now he would say, 'It's all the people who surround me that do the work,' but he's relentless – no job is too big for Ron. We are so blessed to have him on our side."
Smith, human resource director for Bill Marsh Automotive, is a longtime supporter of the organization. He is a past "big brother" and has been the top fundraiser for Bowl for Kids' Sake for five years in a row, raising more than $20,000 with this year his highest total of $7,150.
"Our team of employees at Cherry Capital Airport and the members of the Northwest Regional Airport Commission are proud to support our community and the youth of our region," says Airport Director Kevin Klein. "To that end, we are thrilled to award and celebrate the hard work demonstrated by Ron Smith by awarding him with two round trip airline tickets."
Pictured (l-r): Cecilia Chesney, Ron Smith and Kevin Klein.