Not just a success, but a STUNNING success! The annual fundraiser for Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Great Falls, the “Select” dinner, was held on Friday night, and at last count the total amount raised is just a few dollars short of a cool $50,000. This year, the event was sponsored by UBS, who helped make it a great community effort. The CEO of BB-BS-GF, Tina Cubbage, asked me to put in a huge plug for, and big kudos to, auctioneer Scottie Peters, who drew rave reviews for his performance and his gentle humor. Tina also sends out big thanks to talented emcees Julie Klesh and Cory Wells, who kept things moving along. And of course none of it would have been possible without the folks who actually attended the dinner – well done!
Here’s the press release from BB-BS-GF:
“A Party with a Purpose” brings Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls a step closer to finding mentors for waiting children
Great Falls–Fundraising event UBS Select 2007 benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters took place February 9, 2007 at Meadow Lark Country Club. Big Brothers Big Sisters is pleased to announce the auction and dinner raised $20,000 more than last year, grossing $49,000. The result is an important collaboration between Big Brothers Big Sisters and several key community members and businesses. The purpose of this party was to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs, bringing a role model and friend to children in the Great Falls community who need and want a mentor.
“I am delighted by the results and what they portend for the future,” said BBBS CEO Tina Cubbage. “Starting the year 2007 off with the highest number of matches between adults and youth in the community program in our thirty year history is a great beginning. Having a successful fundraiser that allows us to keep those matches going and start new ones is even better.”
The BBBS community mentoring program currently supports 54 matches between adult mentors and youth. The school program has over 100 matches between high school students or adults with elementary students. School matches meet at the elementary schools for one hour each week. There are over twenty children waiting for a Big Brother or Sister in the community program and many more in the school program.
“This exciting result would not be possible without the generous contributions from the community,” Cubbage said. “Bravo to our event sponsor UBS Financial Services, our major and table sponsors, the talented Julie Klesh, Cory Wells and Scottie Peters who all donated their talents for the evening, and the attendees who made Select successful. It was an emotional moment at the auction when Juliann Bliss donated the flat screen television she had just won in the Select Balloon Raffle back to Big Brothers Big Sisters to be auctioned off. This kind of generosity keeps mentoring possible and benefits our society.”
Tina Cubbage, CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls, (406) 453-5521
Laura Funkhouser, Events Coordinator, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Great Falls