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LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The annual Bowl For Kids Sake had more than 2,000 people hitting the pins hard for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of SWLA.

It's the organization's biggest fundraiser of the year. It helps them continue to operate and pair children with qualified mentors.

"It's an opportunity for all area businesses to come out and share some light-hearted competition while raising money for our organization. It's actually been going on for more than 30 years and it's a fantastic event each year," said Dana Forrest, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Executive Director.

Last year's event inspired Dawn Primeaux to get involved. She was paired with Paige Myers, 7, and said the last nine months have been so much fun.

"I think it's been pretty amazing. It's been so fulfilling. We've had a lot of fun shopping, horseback riding, biking and all kinds of other things," said Primeaux.

Myers said, "I just like it because we get to spend time together. After I beat her in bowling, we are going to go eat boiled crawfish."

Forrest said they were hoping to raise at least $150,000 - the same amount the event brought in last year.

If you or someone you know would like to get involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization, you can call 478-KIDS. To qualify to be a mentor, you must be at least 18 years old. All applicants go through a background check.

"The biggest thing is the time ... there is a one year commitment. If you really want to do it, you have to have the time to spend with the child," said Forrest.

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