Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Education/Arts/Health Care Community

Left: 12 year old Brandon Stotler son of Tammy Farris of Sidney and big sister Rachael Ahrns of Fort Loramie at the annual outing provided by Shelby County Bassmasters.
Right: Our summer buddies program that was funded through the Community Foundaton with money from the Founders Fund and Roscoe Bean blossom Fund. This was the first time for this in many years that the agency was able to provide such a service.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Shelby and Darke County continues to focus on our mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Our vision is that all children achieve success in life.

The after-school mentoring program, “Big Buddies” launched the 2012-2013 school year with 175 participants. Buddy programs are established in Longfellow, Northwood, and Whittier elementary schools in Sidney, as well as, Woodland Heights Elementary School in Greenville, and Versailles Elementary School in Darke County. As in past years, the program continues to promote social and educational enhancing activities, as well as, personal safety. In 2012, the agency closed out the year serving a total of 132 children through our core community program.

Forty-three percent of the operating funds for both counties is derived from Shelby and Darke County United Way agencies. Additional sources of revenue come from the upcoming annual “Bowl For Kids’ Sake” set for March 1 & 3, 2013, at Bel-Mar Lanes in Sidney and McBo’s Lanes in Versailles. This event will offer many great specialty prizes, including Cincinnati Reds tickets, Newport Aquarium tickets, golf certificates, along with local restaurant and retail gift certificates. This event is open to the public where local community members can form 4 – 5 person teams. Each team member collects donations and comes out to enjoy the party. Corporate Sponsorships are available for $600, where a company enters a five-person team of the company’s employees; this includes a company lane banner and the company logo on the t-shirts. A T-shirt Sponsorship is $400 and includes the company logo on 500 event t-shirts. The Team Sponsorship for $300 allows a company to enter a five-person team. A Lane Sponsorship for $125 includes the company name placed on a large banner above one of the lanes during the day-long event. Prizes are also sought for the event. Corporate sponsor names are announced throughout the day.

The other major fundraiser is our Annual Duck Race and 5K Run in Tawawa Park. In 2012, the agency launched more than 2,600 rubber ducks, adopted by local community members. The first place duck and its’ owner took home a $1,000 shopping spree. This year the race is set for Thursday, June 20, 2013. The agency 5k run had over 400 participants in its sixth annual event.

More information about the agency can be found at www.bigbrobigsis-shelbydarke.org

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