Posted: Jan 19, 2013 6:00 PM by David Jay
Updated: Jan 19, 2013 9:29 PM
BILLINGS - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County set it's sights high this with it's fund raising goal for this year and celebrated the kickoff of its biggest annual fundraiser, Saturday at the Rimrock Mall.
For the first time in the event's 30 year history, the group held a kickoff for "Bowl for Kids' Sake" at the Rimrock Mall.
The bowling has traditionally raised $30,000 but this year Big Brothers Big Sisters has a goal of $100,000.
The program in Billings helps 400 "at-risk" youth who need a positive adult role model or mentor.
"All the research shows that the very most important person to a child is a parent who is engaged in caring," said Becky Webber, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Yellowstone County. "But the second most important thing is someone outside the family who is also paying attention, who is also supporting, who is also caring about this kid."
"You can help them with anything from their social skills to their homework, to friend problems, behavior problems," said Annie Warner, a Skyview High School student and a big sister to two children. "Anything they're going with at home, at school. just whatever they need.'
"Bowl for Kids' Sake" will take place on April 27 at Fireside Lanes.