Allstate and ABATE Support Big Brothers Big Sisters Program

BIG LAKE, MN (October 21, 2019)

Big Brothers Big Sisters hosted their annual fall fundraiser, Bowl For Kids’ Sake, on Sunday October 13th, at McPete’s Sports Bar & Lanes in Big Lake. McPete’s has been a generous host of this event for over 20 years.

The Lake Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. in Minnesota has a long-standing history with this event. A.B.A.T.E., which stands for American Bikers for Awareness, Training, and Education, strongly supports motorcycle safety training and promotes motorcycle awareness programs. In addition, the group has a charitable gambling license and often helps out local programs, like Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Michelle and Mark Backlund, members of the Lake Chapter of A.B.A.T.E, were integral in bringing the Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser to Sherburne County. Michelle Backlund states “Lake Chapter of A.B.A.T.E. of Minnesota has been participating in Bowl For Kids’ Sake for over 20 years. In the process of having fun, we have raised over $50,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

The Clear Lake Lions Club has also been a valued partner in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ bowling event. This is the 10th year they have supported Bowl For Kids’ Sake as a sponsor.

This year, the event grew from an average of 5 lanes of bowlers to 14 lanes of bowlers. Much of the growth is attributed to a new presenting sponsor of the event, Allstate, which helped to secure $12,500+ for kids in Big Lake and surrounding areas. Toby and Darcie Steinmetz, Allstate Insurance Agents, coordinated Allstate’s involvement in the fundraising event. Toby Steinmetz states, “Being involved in our communities and giving back is something that we are both very passionate about. As our involvement has grown with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, we have been amazed at the passion and dedication they have towards supporting kids in our region.”     

All funds raised from this event supports the kids in our community by pairing them with positive, carefully screened mentors. To learn more about how you can become involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, or to make a donation, visit

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