Two sets of teams from First Federal Bank celebrate their first place finish in the Battle of the Banks during last Saturday's Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Putnam County Bowlathon at Ottawa Highland Lanes. (photo submitted)
Two sets of teams from First Federal Bank celebrate their first place finish in the Battle of the Banks during last Saturday's Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Putnam County Bowlathon at Ottawa Highland Lanes. (photo submitted)

OTTAWA — Twenty-six teams came out Saturday to ‘battle it out’ for a trophy or plaque during the annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Putnam County Bowl for Kids’ Sake at Ottawa Highland Lanes.

After the battle was over, four teams took trophies awards back to their respective, business, department or service club. The Putnam County banks and other groups held mini-fundraisers in addition to their corporate donation. The money raised by each participating team was added to their total bowling score to sponsor teams with four people. The group in each event with the largest grand total won a traveling trophy/plaque or banner to display in their lobby, meeting space or station for the duration of the next year.

First Federal Bank won the trophy in the battle of the banks. Taking home first place in the battle of first responders was the Fort Jennings Fire Department. The OG Jaycees were the service club winners. Taking first place in the battle of the businesses was Remlinger Manufacturing.

When contacted later regarding their win, First Federal’s Kevin Bellman makes a point of mentioning that his team enjoyed a fun time and that they take pride in their trophy. He then offered, “We have participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters bowl-a-thon for a few years, winning the Battle of the Banks for the last three years. I am very proud of the fact that the 14 employees at the Ottawa and Glandorf Branches of First Federal Bank have raised over $20,000 since 2016 that we have given back to our local communities to help great causes such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

“The bowl-a-thon is a great event and it’s wonderful that we can participate in this friendly competition with the other banks. Even though we work for different banks throughout the county, we are all friends and it is great to see this amount of the support given back to our Putnam County Community.”

All money raised from Bowl for Kids’ Sake remains in Putnam County helping Putnam County children. Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children throughout Putnam County in one-to-one mentoring relationships and has school-based programs in several Putnam County schools.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Putnam County is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the nation’s leader in providing one-to-one youth mentoring. Funds raised allow big Brothers Big Sisters to expand its programs in Putnam County-match more children and provide ongoing assistance to mentors, children and families.

Other bowlers will take part in the Community and Littles Bowl at Pandora Bowling Alley on March 14.