Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bartholomew and Brown counties is on the cusp of its $100,000 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising goal and confident it will hit it as final donations come in.

The annual bowling fundraiser, held Saturday, drew 78 teams of bowlers plus online donors to raise about $99,000 for the program, which matches at-risk children with positive mentors.

Although that amount is just below the goal, program director Laura Moses said the Foundation For Youth is still accepting donations toward the Bowl for Kids’ Sake cause through March 31, making her confident this year’s event will meet and likely exceed its goal.

“We were just thrilled,” she said.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake, which is the only fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters, generates about 40 percent of the program’s total budget, Moses said.

The organization will host a celebration party April 21 at Hotel Indigo, where the top fundraising teams will receive special prize packages.

Alisha Olney, a former Little Sister whose Big Brothers Big Sisters story was featured at this year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, will also speak at the celebration.

How to help

Residents who are interested in donating to Bowl for Kids’ Sake can do so through March 31 by visiting foundationforyouth.com/spotlight/2016bowlforkidssake or by bringing a check to the Foundation for Youth office at 405 Hope Ave., Columbus.

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Olivia Covington is a reporter for The Republic. She can be reached at ocovington@therepublic.com or 812-379-5712.