Approximately 35 bowlers hefted balls on Saturday at Fritz Lanes and Pro Shop, Second and South Streets, Lehighton, to help raise $2,866 for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bridge, serving Carbon County.

The fun filled day provided an opportunity for youth and adult bowlers to take part in the Bowl for Kids Sake event.

Two youth teams, St. John Youth Group, Jim Thorpe; and St. Matthew Sunday School and two adult teams, PNC Bank and Fritz Seniors and many sponsors helped raise the total that will find matches for seven youngsters and support the four successful matches that are presently meeting.

The 19th annual Bowl for Kids Sake 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.

Marie Hahn, board president, said that the Bowl for Kids Sake bowl-a-thon is the organization's biggest fundraiser.

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.

Those who missed the event and want to support the program can send donations to: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Bridge, Special Events - Carbon County, P.O. Box 1285, Wilkes-Barre, Pa. 18703-1285. For additional information, call (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.