Bowl For Kids Sake (VIDEO &n PHOTOS)

By Madeline Shine - 21Alive

March 8, 2014 Updated Mar 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Bowling for a good cause, the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters event, which runs through February and March, hosted more than 20 teams on Saturday.

Each team came together to raise money for the program.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an organization that gives kids the chance to be mentored by adults, other than their family members.

Saturday's event is just one of the many fundraisers the organization hosts, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to matching a little with a big.

"I think the biggest thing that we see is kids are put in bad situations sometimes. Situations that, it's not their choice. Whether that's lack of attention, whether that's not having parents around, those situations, they lead them to do negative things, that you know you guys report on every day. Having a mentor helps encourage them to stay away from the streets, stay away from drugs and alcohol, and just stay away from the bad things that cause some of the negativity in today's society," Big Brothers Big Sisters Director of Marketing and Recruitment Eric Pulley said.

21Alive was among many of the teams that bowled at today's event. Big Brothers Big Sisters has set a goal to reach higher than last year's, and so far they are on the right track.

"Fundraising is different every year, for example last year; we brought in about $180,000 with this event. This year our goal is upwards of $220,000-250,000. It's looking like we're going to at least hit that $220,000 mark."

If big brothers big sisters hits its goal of $220,000, that will match more than 220 kids with a mentor.

"You know a little in need, whatever that need may be, sometimes it's just social, a lack of social skills or educational skills that they lack, matching them with a big brother or a big sister as a volunteer for three to four hours a month in one of our programs. When they get together, when they they're matched, they hang out it's really as simple as that. They hang out and they do things, the big is supposed to encourage the little to stay away from negativity."

Big Brothers Big Sisters is always looking for volunteers to take the time and lead their littles in the right direction.

"We have more than 500 littles on our waiting list still in our 13 county area, 70-percent of those are boys. We still have a strong need for female mentors but the time is now if you're a male and just have a couple hours and really want to help a child we really need you."

Big Brothers Big Sisters is always flexible with volunteer’s schedules and the best way to get involved is to contact the local big brothers big sisters organization of northeast Indiana.




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