Happy Halloween Supporters,
Thank you for all you do for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, and thank you for your annual support as a Creating Big Futures campaign donor.
Below are a few exciting BBBS-ETN updates for September and October. By the way, Tyler Boldin, BBBS-ETN’s Chief Development Officer, plans to meet with you individually over the next fiscal year in order to share our latest annual report and discuss the impact of your support. Please reply to this email if you have a preference regarding the timing of your meeting.
• Holiday Party: We’d like to invite you to our annual Match Holiday Party on the morning of Saturday, December 7! There are few better ways to see the impact of your support than this event, which features hundreds of our Matches ringing in the holiday season together. (It’s truly wonderful!) RSVP to Lorien Pace if you’d like to be my guest at this special celebration made possible through the support of Altar’d State.
• Comcast Grant: I’m thrilled that you are the first to hear that BBBS-ETN will receive a grant from Comcast to support a Big Little Computer Lab, located next to our office in the Regas Building. This lab will be a space for Matches to spend time together, complete college and job applications, and so much more. We plan to unveil the new space in 2020 — stay tuned for details.
• Discovery’s Rebrand: Please join me in thanking Discovery Networks for lending us a team of volunteers to rebrand the BBBS-ETN office. See photos of the transformation on our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.
• Cash for Kids’ Sake, presented by Graham Corporation: This year’s Cash for Kids’ Sake brought in more than $72,000 which will make and support 72 matches for an entire year. The seventh annual event took place at the Mill and Mine and featured WBIR’s Heather Waliga and Big Brother and KPD Officer B.K. Hardin. Thanks to the volunteer planning committee, attendees, donors, and supporters who made the evening a memorable one.
• Vulcan Quarry Run: The third annual race in Kingsport brought in a record setting 109 runners and will fund 10 matches in the Tri-Cities area for an entire year!
• Big Heights Rooftop Crawl, presented by Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc.: BBBS-ETN once again had a record-setting Big Heights Rooftop Crawl growing attendance by 22% and gross fundraising by 105%. We had a blast with everyone who attended, especially those who enjoyed the VIP experience!
• Mentoring Partnership Continues: BBBS-ETN has once again received federal funding to support our partnership in the Knoxville Area Mentoring Initiative (KAMI), alongside Girls on the Run, the Joy of Music School, the Knoxville Leadership Foundation, and the YMCA. We look forward to collaborating with these organizations in the fight against opioid abuse.
• New Partnership – Bigs in Blue: Over the next two months, we’ll be rolling out a new Bigs in Blue Partnership between the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and Ritta Elementary. These valuable partnerships that allow for program growth are possible because of your investment in our mission. Speaking of Bigs in Blue, check out this wonderful Live a Little feature on Big Brother B.K. Hardin and his Little Brother Taylor.
• Bigs 55+ Recruitment: BBBS-ETN has a significantly smaller volunteer base in the 55 and older demographic than do similar non-profits nationally. We therefore continue to focus on recruiting Bigs ages 55+ during the 2020 fiscal year. If you know a potential volunteer who would make a good mentor, please reach out to Jen Davis, and she’ll be happy to provide more details.
And, finally, 2020 is our 50th anniversary as an agency! Your support as an annual donor has made five decades of service possible — for that, we thank you. Stay tuned as we roll out exciting news, events, and more related to the celebration.
Brent Waugh, BBBS-ETN CEO