Bow hunters will be “Aiming to Help Kids” this Saturday morning when the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Brown County holds a 3-D target archery tournament.

This is the first fund-raiser for the organization, which hopes to begin matching area children with mentors in January.

Amber Moore, who has been actively working to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to Brownwood, said all the proceeds from the event will go toward the startup funding needed in order to match Brown County children with mentors.

“In order to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to Brownwood, we must have the financial backing,” Moore said. “This event will be fun and of interest to the many outdoorsmen in Brown County. It will also help us work to meet our financial goals so that we can get the children in our community taken care of.”

The event, named “Aiming to Help Kids,” will be the first major fund-raiser for the nonprofit group. The event begins with an 8 a.m. California start with four class divisions — known distance, unknown distance, youth 13 and under and traditional archery. A Crazy Shoot will also be available for a $5 entry fee.

The costs for early registration is $20 for adults, $15 for youth, with the price going up for on-site registration. Registration forms may be picked up at Weakley-Watson Sporting Goods in Brownwood, On Target Archery and Taxidermy in Bangs, or by contacting Jason or Amy Hubbard at 643-2125 or Brian or Amber Moore at 641-8267.

During the event, a concession stand will be open with drinks provided by Coca-Cola. Plaques will be given to the winners of each class division and many other prizes will be given away and raffled.

“We have had so many donations that many of the competitors will walk away with something,” Moore said. “We have an Ameriguard truck bed liner donated by Blevins Body Shop valued at $400, a youth hunt drawing for participants that are ages 13-17 donated by Buckmasters, a bow case donated by Weakley-Watson, a Cobra sight, a Kwikee Kwiver, Easton arrows, a Bodoodle arrow rest and many other prizes donated by sponsors such as Muzzy, Wildlife Research Center, Academy Sports and Outdoors and Keystone Country Store.”

Local sponsors for the event include On Target Archery and Taxidermy, Blevins Body Shop, Brownwood Regional Medical Center, Heart of Texas Family Medicine, Doc’s Drug Store, Heart of Texas Internal Medicine Associates, Brookshire’s, Wal-Mart, Chili’s, Heartland Mall and Kroger.

Moore says Big Brothers Big Sisters is hoping to make this bow shoot an annual event.

“We really want to let the community know that we are here, we are working hard to get up and running, and we are very excited,” she said.

Saturday’s event will take place at the Brownwood Bow Hunters Association Archery Range, located just past the landfill on FM 45 South in Brownwood.