Nearly 150 teams came out to Bowl For Kids’ Sake April 2 through 11 in Northport, Belfast, Rockport and Waldoboro to support local youth mentoring programs in Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. The annual event, sponsored by Hannaford, Camden National Bank and United Insurance, raised more than $81,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine. Proceeds from Bowl for Kids’ Sake will directly support the agency’s school, site and community-based one-to-one mentoring programs that serve more than 175 children facing adversity in the Midcoast.

This Midcoast bowling fundraiser is among four regional Bowl for Kids’ Sake events held in Kennebec Valley, Androscoggin County and a final event slated for early November in Penobscot County. Bowlers dressed up as “super heroes” in honor of all who support local youth through BBBS. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ largest annual fundraising effort, expected to raise $290,000. The first three events have already raised $240,000.

BBBS of Mid-Maine Executive Director Gwendolyn Hudson said funds raised at Bowl for Kids’ Sake are critical in the agency’s work to create and support strong and enduring relationships between kids facing adversity (Littles) and their teen and adult mentors (Bigs).

The event helps fund local site and school-based programs pairing kids with high school mentors from Oceanside High School, Camden Hills Regional High School, Medomak Valley High School, Lincoln Academy and Hampden Academy. The program also supports community-based matches between children and adults throughout Knox, Lincoln and Waldo counties. Top fundraisers were recognized recently at a recognition lunch, sponsored by King Eiders Pub in Damariscotta.