Fundraising and Outreach!
In spring 2013 we participated in two local parades, the first was at River Rat Day in Athol, MA on April 13, and at the second we won "Best Use of Theme" award for the Franklin County Spring Parade in Turners Falls on April 20.
Here is Executive Director Dani Letourneau-Therrien's post about our parade outreach on Mass Mentoring Partnership's blog.
45th Anniversary Celebration
On Friday, March 15, 2013 we joined friends at the Greenfield Community College Dining Commons to celebrate our agency's 45th year.
Board Chair Laurel Guy gave a history of the agency and Executive Director Dani Letourneau-Therrien spoke about the future. The staff and current "Bigs" were recognized and the agency received citations from the State Congressional Delegation in Boston. Thank you to Senator Stan Rosenberg, State Representative Stephen Kulik for the citations, as well as State Representatives Paul Mark and State Representative Denise Andrews who presented at the festivities.
We'd like to send a Thank you to Taylor's Tavern for making Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County the recipient of the proceeds of the Bartender Shootout on February 17, 2013! Didn't make it? Take a look-----
Our board members once again were active in the event, raising additional funds beyond what Taylors plans to donate, with raffels from a number of local organizations, as well as a 50/50 raffle. We raised over $3000. Thank you to all who participated, or attended!
Soup & Games Night
Thank you to all who attended Soup & Game night on January 7, 2013, hosted and dreamed up by Hope & Olive's owners and staff. Soupsters extraordinaire from Antionos, Taylor's, Jake's, Mesa Verde, Franklin County Technical School and others reminded us all just why we love soup on a cold night. And let’s not forget the Mac n Chesse from the Rendezvous!
Our very active board and dedicated staff lent a hand to Hope & Olive as traffic control, all the while raising additional funds with tempting baked goods. On that night Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County raised almost $2000.
Thanks again for hosting Jim and staff, we know how much effort goes into something like this!