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Big Brothers Big Sisters Enjoy Successful Fundraising Events
WALDORF - 5/29/2008
By Pete Hurrey
After three days of charitable events, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maryland raised over $60,000 for local children and families. The agency exists to help youth reach their potential by providing supported mentor relationships.
Kaylan Somerville, BBBS-SM Director of Development said, “Our programs make a big impact, the difference in some cases between success and failure, resiliency and defeatism.” She went on to state that Big Brothers Big Sisters is needed now more than ever. “We have the responsibility to our children to keep our programs moving forward linking more young people to capable adults.”
BBBS-SM like many other area non-profits are feeling the affects of the economy. Given that much of their funds primarily come from Federal grants, they are trying to sustain programs by developing more diverse streams of revenue; no longer able to rely solely on grants.
“We are building civic relationships to help foster the retention of quality volunteers and to expand our services," Somerville said.
Earlier in May, BBBS-SM held its inaugural Big Red, White and Blue wine tasting event at the new Regency Furniture stadium. The event hosted hundreds concerned about the welfare of local children. They auctioned off trips to Sonoma and Italy, an ATV, the CW’s tour bus with 12 tickets to Kings Dominion, along with a variety of gift certificates for home improvements, local restaurants, spa treatments, professional sporting events and more.
Somerville beamed, “Everyone had a great time and vowed to be back next year. It was great to watch the game, enjoy great food and mingle with local celebrities.”
The following day the Arby’s Foundation and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs sponsored a golf tournament at Swan Point for BBS-SM. The agency was able to treat some of their [VIPS] and outstanding supporters to free foursomes.
The agency understands that everyone needs to give back, an ethic that builds character and the community. Anyone interested in being involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a volunteer mentor, board member, event committee member or who simply want to learn more please contact the main office at 301.290.0501.
“You don’t have to change your life to impact a child’s,” Somerville said.
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