The seventh annual Bowl for Kids' Sake raised $36,000 for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, $5,000 less than last year.
The current downturn in the state of the economy made it hard to get business sponsorships and bowling teams formed, said Director of Programs for Northern Gila County Big Brothers Big Sisters Robert Henley.
"Our short fall from 2007 to 2008 is due to the inability to sign up a named sponsor," Henley said.
In 2007, there were 64 bowling teams, this year only 56 formed, but the amount of money raised by bowlers was the same as last year.
"So our bowlers got out there and sought more pledges of money and bought raffle tickets during the event to make it all happen," Henley said.
The fund-raising event is held around country to raise funds for the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, which provides adult mentors to youth. All of the money raised stays in Payson.
"Bowl for Kids' Sake is truly a community event and a great opportunity for socializing and raising money for a very worthwhile nonprofit organization," Henley said.
Amy D. Hill, commercial loan officer at First State Bank said, "we had a lot of fun and it was a great success."