Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Central Ohio is conducting their largest fundraiser of the year. The 2014 Bowl for Kids' Sake (BFKS) campaign has brought in an overall total of $57,948.44 to date. This will be a key resource for continuing to build and maintain youth mentoring efforts.

The Newcomerstown Bowl for Kids Sake event took place at Cy Young Lanes on April 12 bringing in a record breaking $4,847.47. Long time participants, K L Welch and Sons were the top fundraising group with high pledge collector being Penny Clark raising $1,550. The Newcomerstown area was represented by several businesses and groups that participated in the fundraiser including: Huntington Bank, Baker's IGA, Commercial Savings Bank, Newcomerstown Chamber of Commerce, Newcomerstown Police Department, NERS, Tri-County Ambulance, Lanzer Excavating, Newcomerstown Middle School and High School staff and the Newcomerstown High School Honor Society students.

The Police Department, NERS and Tri -County Ambulance not only raised money for the BBBS organization but also united together to bowl with waiting Little Brothers and Little Sisters.

The three departments took on the hero role by being these children's Big for the day. Unfortunately, the BBBS program has a waiting list of 30 children, in Tuscarawas County, wanting a Big Brother or Big Sister.

The heartbreaking truth is that these children can wait up to two years for a mentor.

The Newcomerstown Heroes put a smile on Little Brothers and Little Brothers faces.

"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!"

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 over 200 children in Tuscarawas County in 2013. 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.