Eau Claire (WQOW) – A local non-profit organization, known for making a big impact on young teens and children, had a big turn out for its annual gala earlier in November.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin's annual gala raised more than $40,000 for its mentoring programs. Organizers said the gala was a sold out event with 175 people in attendance. The event also kicked off Big Brothers Big Sisters' Fall Giving Campaign, which seeks to raise $100,000 by the end of 2016. The annual gala was held at Eau Claire Holiday Inn and an awards ceremony was held to recognize exemplary volunteers and business supporters.
Eau Claire (Press Release) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin’s Annual Gala was held on November 3rd to a sold out crowd at the Eau Claire Holiday Inn. The event raised funds for mentoring programs and featured an awards ceremony which recognized exemplary volunteers and business supporters, as well as a keynote from local fitness expert, Jeff Rogers. Big Brothers Big Sisters exceeded their goal for the night, raising over $40,000 with 175 people in attendance. The Gala also kicked off Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Fall Giving Campaign, which seeks to raise $100,000 by year’s end.
The John Kell “Making a Difference Award” was awarded to John VanDeVoort, a former Executive Board Member who has dedicated years of versatile and instrumental work to the organization. Action City/Chaos Waterpark won the Best Big Benefit, an award they’ve received three years in a row for their exceptional partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters. And the Big of the Year Award went to Kristin Karnes-Frederickson, who has shown wonderful and positive growth with her Little Sister throughout their five year mentoring relationship.
“We are thrilled by this excellent show of support for children facing adversity,” said Wesley Escondo, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin. “The Annual Gala is a great kickoff to our Fall giving campaign. We are excited to see this success continue throughout this upcoming year.”