One hundred bowlers took part in the 18th annual "Bowl for Kid's Sake" bowl-a-thon held Saturday at Fritz's Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South streets, Lehighton.

The event was coordinated by the Advisory Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge serving Carbon County.

After turning in their pledges, team members bowled a game and were served refreshments by Big Brother/Big Sister board members. They were also presented prizes based on their donations.

Mary Schell, caseworker, said there are presently seven matches in Carbon County and approximately eight more "littles" are hoping that a caring adult mentor is found.

"We ask our big brothers/big sisters to spend an hour to two hours a week with their "little."

Schell works out of the Hazleton office of Big Brothers Big Sisters on a part-time basis.

Schell said the funds raised during the bowl-a-thon will be used to recruit, train and supervise volunteers and to match the volunteers with a "little."

"This is our major fundraiser," said Schell.

Mentors must be at least 16 years old and have a driver's license. All adults mentors are screened and undergo background checks to ensure the safety of the children.

Sponsors of the event were: Attorney William Schwab, Jim Thorpe National Bank, Franklin Township Lions Club, Jim Thorpe Camping Resort, Lehighton Kia, Quality Personal Care and Rapa Law Offices and local businesses.

Volunteers are needed as board members and as mentors. Those who missed the event and want to support the program can send donations to: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge, 214 West Walnut Street, Hazleton, PA 18201. For additional information, call 1 (800) 955-4376.

For additional information, call 1 (800) 955-4376.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBS) provides a system of outgoing evaluation and support which is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that "Littles" will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others.

With a network of nearly 400 agencies across the country, BBS serves a quarter million children annually.