Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is conducting their largest fundraiser of the year.

he 2013 Bowl for Kids' Sake (BFKS) campaign has brought in an overall total of $82,702.12 to date.

This will be a key resource for continuing to build and maintain youth mentoring efforts. Since it began 40 years ago in Dover,

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio has grown to serve Tuscarawas, Carroll, Harrison, Holmes, and Wayne counties.

The Newcomerstown Bowl for Kids Sake event took place at Cy Young Lanes on April 27 bringing in $3,264.51. Long time participants, KL Welch and Sons were the top fundraising group with high pledge collector being Penny Clark. The Newcomerstown High School Track team took it upon themselves to also participate. On their only Saturday off during the season, they came together to support Big Brothers Big Sisters and raised $346.51 for the local mentoring initiative.

"We are so impressed with the support that we received from the Newcomerstown area," said Beverly Pearch, event coordinator. "We have such dedicated people in the communities we serve not only because of our mission, but because we make sure that our Bowl For Kids' Sake events are a lot of fun and that we have amazing incentive prizes to offer!"

Prizes this year include: Four Cleveland Indian's tickets; a one night stay at Kalahari Resorts with four admissions to the waterpark; a Thirty-One gift set; a $250 Sugar Valley Meat gift certificate; a Colt McCoy autographed Cleveland Browns football; an autographed picture of Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers; a one night stay at Country Inn & Suites; a Scentsy gift set; two Pittsburgh Pirates tickets; $200 worth of Texas Roadhouse gift certificates; and two tickets to the Trumpet in the Land. The overall top pledge collector will receive two airline tickets to anywhere in the continental U.S.

Ultimately, the youth involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters are the winners when BFKS proves successful. These funds are spread over several areas of programming, including efforts to recruit new volunteers, match support, activities throughout the year, camp scholarships, and agency newsletters and mailings.

Big Brothers Big Sisters served 272 children in Tuscarawas County in 2012. So far in 2013, the agency has served 182 children. These numbers include school-based mentoring participants as well as community-based matched children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 charitable organization with five paid employees and two types of mentoring programs: Community-based Mentoring and School-based Mentoring. In addition to the money raised during Bowl For Kids' Sake, the campaign gives BBBS staff and board an opportunity to interact with bowlers and raise awareness about our youth mentoring initiatives and our ongoing need for volunteers. To schedule a presentation at a business, organization meeting, or church group, call 330-339-6916 or toll-free 1-888-364-5965.

For information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio, visit www.bbbseco.com.