First responders raised over $3,500 at the 2018 Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser by Big Brothers Big Sisters on Saturday.
The 'Battle of the Badge' event was new this year. First responders raised money through pledges for their departments, which included the Helena Police Department, the Montana Highway Patrol, the Lewis and Clark County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI.
BBBS depends on donations to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety and to provide ongoing support for children, families, and volunteers.
"It does have an impact on their lives, not only in their wellbeing to be able to function and have somebody that cares for them and accept love, but they also don't get involved in crime," Sheriff Leo Dutton said.
One of the most important things BBBS does is provide mentorship to young people.
According to Sheriff Dutton, when a child has a positive figure in their life, it helps keep the child on a positive path.
Bowl for Kids Sake comes at an important time as Big Brothers Big Sisters recently lost about a quarter of its funding due to state budget cuts.
The FBI raised a total of $1,498 to win the Battle of the Badge. The Sheriff's Office raised $1,423 while the MHP raised $531. The Helena Police Department raised $261.
The total amount of money raised throughout the weekend during the Bowl For Kids' Sake event will be released in the upcoming week.
Last year, $45,000 in total was raised through a combination of the event and sponsors.
To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Helena, visit its website.