HAGERSTOWN -- About 250 local children each year depend on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County to help them with self-esteem and character building, and there are not enough adult mentors to meet that need, officials with the organization said Sunday.
To help the local Big Brothers Big Sisters fund its programs, bowlers turned out at Turner's Dual Lanes for an annual fundraiser.
Bowl for Kids' Sake is one of the biggest fundraisers for the organization, and the event -- part of a national program -- has been held in Washington County for 26 years, organizers said Sunday.
Seventy-one teams bowled this year, and participants raised money through pledges, said Phil Bennett, the organization's executive director.
Ralph Mauriello, president of the board of directors for the organization, said more than $39,000 was raised Sunday.
The fundraiser was held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Money also was raised through drawings for supermarket gift cards and other items.