Bowling With Heart | Friends of Doernbecher Bowl-a-Thon | Save The Date 2019 | Big Al's


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Big Al’s had always supported OHSU’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital since Big Al’s Vancouver opened in 2006.

As a business — no, as a community asset — we opened our doors with the specific aim of supporting all things kids, mothers seeking respite from domestic abuse, and food banks where upwards of 40% of the recipients are under 12.

Our support of Doernbecher became incredibly, and scarily, personal for Big Al’s CEO Daniel Kirkwood, Melissa Kirkwood, and the Kirkwood family in 2013.

Meet Sophie.
Our Big Al’s Doernbecher Baby.


Team-Building & Sponsorships!

Looking for a team-building activity? A way for your organization to have a great time and support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital? Or simply want to be a part of something super fun? A sponsorship opportunity may be just what you’re after!

MANY THANKS to our 2018 Sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors: Davidson Insurance, Betson/Specialty Coin

Gold Sponsors: Bergman KPRS, Garrett Sign, Heritage Bank, KG Specialties, Maletis Beverage, Real Estate Investment Group, Scott Edwards Architecture LLP, Prestige Moving & Storage, Marquis Companies, Sysco, Vesta Hospitality, WDY Structural-Civil Engineers

Email for 2019 sponsorship information.


As part of our support for OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, YOU helped us collect over 1,000 toys, books, and art supplies during the 2018 holidays that we donated to the kids — and their siblings! We couldn’t have done it without your support, without our friends at Little Acorn Preschool & Kindergarden, and the Raiders Wrecking Crew of the Raiders Booster Club of Washington State.

From all of us, THANK YOU!



If you’d be interested in being a member of Friends of Doernbecher in your area, you’re welcome to click here to learn more about our community volunteer groups, events that support OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, or to see all of the great work that the community does for our esteemed Children’s Hospital.¬†Specifically, learn more about Dru’s Chapter of Friends of Doernbecher here.

We’d like to call out a very special someone who has made this Event such a success over the course of the years; Norm Reilly. Norm was instrumental in leading the Dru’s Chapter for many years and for being the Master Organizer for our event since inception. Norm wasn’t able to participate in this year’s event and passed shortly after hearing we helped to raise $50,001 at this year’s Bowl-a-thon.

We learned he asked his wife from his hospice bed: “Did I make a difference?”.

Yes, Norm. Absolutely you made a difference… to us and to all of the Doernbecher babies & families¬† you’ve so lovingly supported.

Norman Edward Reilly (1941-2018)



We have already established the date for next year’s Bowling with Heart Bowl-a-thon! Please mark your calendars for Sunday, February 24th, 2019, for an even bigger & better event! All of the fun you know & love, and all for a great cause!

Sponsorships Available!

Silent Auction & Raffle Items Wanted!

FUN guaranteed!

Registration will open mid-November. Be on the lookout for the update from us soon, and for now… Save The Date!