Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Madison County is thinking a lot about the 1950s these days.

The organization, which matches children with an adult mentor, hopes to raise $50,000 with its annual Bowl for Kid’s Sake on Feb. 25.

Because Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Bluegrass will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2007, the Feb. 25 fund-raiser will feature a 1950s theme.

More importantly, the organization has about 50 children on its local waiting list to be matched with an adult mentor. About 100 currently are matched.

At its annual honors luncheon Friday at the Outback Steakhouse, Big Brothers/Big Sisters recognized the top 10 teams from its 2006 fund-raiser and distributed sign-up materials for the 2007 event.

“You can form a team with four to five bowlers,” said Bowl for Kids Sake chair Kate Bonner. “Once you get a team together, encourage others to form another team,” she said. “We also need corporate sponsors, so ask your boss about sponsorship.”

For details about forming a Bowl for Kids Sake team or about the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, call Selena Taylor, regional coordinator, at 624-2318, Ext. 540.

With 510 bowlers, the 2006 event raised $48,896. Co-chairs were Harriet Spivey and Ruthie Carpenter. The top fund-raising team was TNT Appraisals, which raised $5,128.

The next top nine teams were: the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training, Pattie A. Clay Regional Medical Center, Eastern Kentucky University Department of Nursing, Kentucky Utilities’ Richmond office, Richmond Wal-Mart, People’s Bank of Madison County, Madison County Head Start, Rector Hayden Realtors and Berea Wal-Mart.

Luncheon attendees also paused to remember two long-time supports of Big Brothers/Big Sisters who passed away since last year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake — June Lawson of Richmond and Bertie McLaughlin of Berea. Both had been involved with the local Bowl for Kids’ Sake since it began in 1989.

EKU senior Brooke Bowman, who is a Big Sister school mentor, told about the relationship she developed with a student now in middle school.

“I was a bit nervous when I first went to meet her three years ago,” she said. “Because I don’t have a biological little sister.”

She was put at ease when she met an adorable 8-year-old girl, she said.

Her little sister’s grades and behavior have improved during their relationship, Bowman said. “She was excited recently to show me one of her science exams,” she said. “My little sister had one of the highest grades in her class.”

Her little sister also said, “I want to be what you are when I grow up,” she said. “Do you want to major in occupational therapy like I am?” Bowman asked.

“No silly,” the little sister replied. “I want to be a big sister like you.”

Bill Robinson can be reached at brobinson@richmondregister.com or at 623-1669, Ext. 267.

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