October 30, 2012 // Franchising.com // SAN DIEGO – Bowling pins were flying like ghosts in a graveyard at Kearny Mesa Bowl on Saturday, Oct. 27, as The Jack in the Box Foundation held its annual bowl-a-thon benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. Dubbed “Boo-la-thon 2012” the pre-Halloween event attracted teams of costumed bowlers who raised $23,000 for the youth-mentoring agency.
Nearly 160 Jack in the Box® employees, family members and friends participated in the event, along with representatives from Big Brothers Big Sisters, including 30 Bigs and Littles matched through the local agency. The donation will enable Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand a local mentoring program called Operation Bigs.
“Operation Bigs provides mentors to kids with a parent in the military, including a deployed parent,” said Paul Palmer President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. “Jack in the Box is a long-time supporter of military families and helped us launch Operation Bigs in 2004 at Camp Pendleton. Funds raised during its annual bowl-a-thon have enabled us to expand Operation Bigs to even more military families living in areas of San Diego.”
For over 50 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. The nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, including educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”) and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches in building safe, enduring relationships. The first-ever Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better. Locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves children ages 7-18 through six distinct programs: Amachi (a program for children with an incarcerated parent), Bigs in Schools & High School Bigs (an after school 1:1 mentoring program), Community Mentoring (the traditional 1:1 mentoring program), Operation Bigs (a program serving children whose active military parents are deployable), and Sports Bigs (a sports and active lifestyle mentoring program). Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate or volunteer today at www.SDBigs.org or www.LatinoBigs.org or call (858) 536-4900.
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ: JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states. The company created The Jack in the Box Foundation in 1998 to focus its charitable giving efforts and make a greater impact in Jack in the Box® restaurant communities. The Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization funded by donations from Jack in the Box Inc., its employees, franchisees and vendors. The Foundation has contributed more than $7 million in financial and in-kind support to Big Brothers Big Sisters, its primary charitable partner since 1998. For more information, visit www.jackinthebox.com.
Brian A. Luscomb
DVP, Corporate Communications