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Mentor group raises money bowling
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Aury, one of the children paired with adults through Mentor Me, plays during the Bowl for Kids fundraiser. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

Organizers were thrilled with the turnout Saturday at the annual Bowl for Kids fundraiser for Mentor Me North Georgia.

The event at Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center had 120 bowlers and has so far raised more than $8,000. Donations are still coming in, said Sylvia Cardona, executive director of the organization, which matches kids with caring adult mentors.

Every $1,000 raised helps to create a new mentoring match between an adult and a child from ages 6 to 17, Cardona said.

Some enjoyed the Saturday cosmic bowling as a mentor and mentee pair, like Sandra Alcala and 9-year-old Aury.

“This was the first event we attended together,” Alcala said.

The two were matched last year and got better acquainted while bowling.

Aury said bowling together is a lot of fun, even if her scores weren’t topping the competition.

Other bowlers came with their game faces — or pants — on.

Wearing blue and red argyle slacks, Jeff Hilton was ready to compete for a “good local cause.”

He came with a group of co-workers who live in Forsyth and Fulton counties to support the organization.

The men high-fived and cheered each other on from a lane near the trophy table.

Mentor Me program manager Karen Carroll tallied up the team totals to find the adult and child winners for most strikes and top score.

She had the help of emcee Russ Thomas to announce the contest, a first for the event that Carroll said kept the action exciting.

“I think everyone’s having a great time,” she said.