Sleep Country’s Annual Pajama Bowl Raises $154,000 for Local Foster Children
Pajama-clad bowlers raise funds to fulfill “little wishes” programs
For Immediate Release
May 7, 2013 – Sleep Country USA’s eighth annual dual-city Portland and Seattle Pajama Bowl events were a striking success. The event raised a total of $154,000 for area foster kids, and will give 100% of participant donations to fund “little wishes” programs, enabling these children to participate in life-changing extracurricular activities like taking dance classes, attending school field trips or going to summer camp, where they are often reunited with siblings.
“We are thrilled to host our most successful event to-date,” said Jarrett Tomalin, marketing and community relations coordinator at Sleep Country USA. “Thanks to our generous community, amazing team of employee volunteers and gracious partners we are proud to help make certain that local foster children have the same opportunities to participate in the extra-curricular activities we did as kids. These are the life-shaping events that make us the adults we are today.”
Pajama Bowl by the Numbers
- 196 teams (nearly 1,000 bowlers!) participated in this year’s event
- Of these 196 teams, 116 were returning participants
- Strike-throwing Seattleites raised $94,000 and Pajama-clad Portlanders raised $60,000
- To date, Sleep Country’s Pajama Bowl has raised over $750,000 for foster kids
- 13 non-profit partners will receive these donations to provide the Northwest’s nearly 20,000 foster children with funds needed to participate in important extracurricular activities
Bowlers also had the chance to win raffle prizes, and the two top scoring teams received a Beautyrest World Class mattress for each team member. Receiving the most points based on amount raised, bowling scores and their pajamas, team Five Pin in Oregon (pictured) and team Fostering Together in Washington won this year’s grand prizes. Additional prizes for top scoring teams included latex pillows, a bowling party, and gift certificates.
If you missed this year’s event, check out the photos on Sleep Country’s Facebook page.