Bowling supports mentoring program

FILE: Bowl for Kids' Sake is the largest fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. (photo from 2014)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – People were bowling Sunday to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana at its annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser.

People formed teams and raised money and then could have a fun two hours of bowling at Thunderbowl #1. Sunday was one of several days for bowling in Fort Wayne and around northeast Indiana.

This is the organization’s largest fundraiser of the year and it raised more than $220,000. The money supports matching children with adult mentors during the year.

“It’s exciting to see the community come together and fight against children doing negative things and say, ‘I’m going to do something about it’ and it’s awesome to see these people come out,” Eric Pulley, the director of marketing and recruitment for BBBSNEI, said.

Around 200 people were bowling just on Sunday.

There is a big need for volunteers, too. More than 500 children are on a waiting list to get a Big Brother or Big Sister, and of those, 70 percent are boys. People can also volunteer through the School Buddy, Real Men Read and College Success Mentoring programs.

Fundraising for Bowl for Kids’ Sake continues through April.

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