Big Brothers Big Sisters bowl 'for kids' sake'
COLUMBIA — People of all ages gathered at AMF Town and Country Lanes for one purpose: to raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a nonprofit organization aimed to help children facing adversity reach greater potential by partnering them with an older mentor or "big".
More than 50 teams signed up for the bowling event.
Executive Director of the central Missouri chapter, Heather Demitt-Fletcher said raising money for the organization is a community effort.
"All the teams that are currently bowling have been proceeding the event and raising lots of money for our organization," Demitt-Fletcher said.
She said "Bowling for Kids' Sake" isn't just held in Columbia but across the country.
"It's the national Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraiser that goes on," Demitt-Fletcher said. "So almost every Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in the United States will have a Bowl for Kids Sake event."
The president of the board of directors, Tim Gerding said Big Brothers Bigs Sisters is a "vital" organization to the Columbia area.
"We have a very large number of at-risk youth that need a mentor, someone that can be there for them, someone to talk to, someone that can show them what's possible in their lives" Gerding said.
He said the impact goes beyond just helping the mentees or the "littles".
"It impacts not just the kids but it impacts the bigs too," Gerding said. "It's life changing for them as well. They often find lifelong relationships."
Gerding said the proceeds raised from bowling will go to help "organize and lead the mission of the organization."
To learn more about Big Brother Big Sisters, click here.