2017 - 2018 Annual Report
BIGS & LITTLES OF THE YEAR
The Mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better,
- Big Brother of the Year: Kenny Hendrickson* - Big Sister of the Year: Jessica Holmgren - Big Family of the Year: Andy, Sarah, Kate, Lexi & Will Noble* - High School Big Brother of the Year: Zach Faith* - High School Big Sister of the Year: Hanna Ritter - Little Brother of the Year: Daniel - Little Sister of the Year: Heavan - BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award: Ixayana Gonzales *Also selected as statewide award winner
A YEAR OF BIG IMPACT Dear Friends, We are so excited to be able to share with you in this annual report our program’s growth and a sampling of the stories of the lives, because of you, we have touched. Our amazingly generous community of supporters, friends, corporate partners, and foundations make this possible. Thank you for sharing your time, your treasure, your talent, your ideas, your networks, and much more! This past year has been a year of outreach and growth. One that has allowed us to meet new people, make new matches, and provide the kids in our program with so many new opportunities and experiences. We are proud to report that we served 758 youth during our 2017-2018 fiscal year. We also made 146 new mentoring matches. We have given $27,900 in scholarship award money to 9 Littles and High School Bigs. Through our College and Career Readiness initiative, we’ve engaged 395 youth by offering college workshops, campus tours, career exploration, and encouraging our Littles to set goals and dream BIG. Not only have we been able to help support our youths’ dreams through scholarships, we have also been given the opportunity to provide nearly 600 tickets for our matches to attend various theater and sporting events through donations from our supporters. Our Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus Mentoring Initiative is still going strong. This initiative buses local youth to the St. Cloud State University campus to meet one-to-one with a mentor, explore campus, and participate in campus activities. This program continues to grow each year! In 2019, we will be celebrating a major milestone- our 50th anniversary in the Central Minnesota community. As we enter our 50th year, we will share with you even more about our program’s growth, the growth of the kids we serve, and the deepening of our relationships with you, our community of givers. We hope that you are as excited and hopeful about the future of Big Brothers Big Sisters as we are. Thank you for supporting the children of Central Minnesota. Please stand with us. Together, we are defenders of potential.
Jackie Johnson Executive Director
Marie Schmitz Board President
2017 - 2018 IMPACT OUR YEAR BY THE NUMBERS
MATCHED AND WAITING LITTLES
HIGH SCHOOL BIGS
PROGRAM COORDINATORS SPENT
HOURS PER MONTH
COMMUNICATING WITH BIGS, LITTLES, AND FAMILIES.
over the age of 12 participated in our College and Career Readiness program through which we awarded for our matches to attend theater performances, sport events, and other special outings.
9 SCHOLARSHIPS with the amount totaling
IMPACT AREAS We know at Big Brothers Big Sisters that we have IMPACT on three core areas in a childâ€™s life: Increased Confidence, Educational Success, and Avoiding Risky Behaviors. Research proves that children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters programs are more likely to form stronger relationships with family and friends, perform better in school, and are less likely to skip school or use illegal drugs or alcohol.
AVOIDING RISKY BEHAVIOR
Strong, positive relationships foster confidence and improve decision making. Only 57% of Central Minnesota children report having at least one supportive adult in their life.
A childâ€™s academic success refers to their proficiency in math and reading. 64% of Stearns County students do not meet academic standards in math, reading, and science.
Truancy, violent/non-violent offenses, teenage pregnancy, and underage drinking are all risky behaviors. 33% of adolescents in Stearns County report using alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
of our Littles have improved their self confidence because of their Big Brother or Sister.
of our Littles have shown improvement in their academic performance.
of Littles have improved their attitudes toward risky behaviors.
*Data taken from the Minnesota Student Survey: a triennial survey of young people regarding a variety of risk and protectivfe factos, and the Minnesota Report Card: a tool designed to provide access to district and school information, test results, and other critical data.
BIG BROTHER OF THE YEAR
SPENCER & KENNY
“ I witnessed ten years of a beautiful and lasting friendship grow to what we have today. I could never put a price tag on what being a Big Brother is all about. It is about changing one life and your own in so many special ways. It will take you on a rollar coaster
Kenny and Spencer were matched from April 2008 to June
of ups and downs and most
2018. When they were introduced, Spencer was only eight
importantly, you will have a
years old and had been waiting for over a year to get a Big
forever friend for a lifetime.”
- Kenny Hendrickson
Brother. They quickly bonded over a variety of activies and began to get to know each other more and more. In their time together, they’ve enjoyed fishing, bowling, working out, going to the movies, and spending time with Kenny’s extended family. Kenny has been an unwavering source of support for Spencer since the beginning of their match. When Spencer’s mother passed away in 2012, Kenny was instantly by his side. He was there for Spencer every step of the way to help with that tough transition during an emotionally difficult time in his life. Spencer graduated from high school in 2018 and after discussing an assortment of options, decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. Spencer is currently attending Alexandria Techinincal and Community College to achieve that goal. We’re confident their friendship will continue and they will remain “brothers” for many years to come!
BIG SISTER OF THE YEAR
KIM & JESSICA
“Every moment is worth it. You can change a life in the simplest way by being present.” - Jessica Holmgren
Jessica and Kim have been matched for a little over 7 years! Their relationship has definitely grown over the years. A big reason they really feel like sisters is that Kim knows that Jessica is someone that she can count on. A big change that has come for Kim is having a baby during her junior year of high school. Jessica has been a strong support for her Little Sister during this time. She is very proud that not only did Kim graduate high school, but is also close to completing her Associate’s degree at the St. Cloud Technical Community College. Kim then plans to attend SCSU for her Architecture degree. In addition to her friendship and commitment to Kim, Jessica was nominated as Big Sister of the Year because of her passion for mentoring. Jessica has been a changing force in her Little’s life and positively impacts our community by being a mentor. Jessica and Kim will always be a part of each other’s lives. Jessica is continuing her commitment to kids and Big Brothers Big Sisters by becoming a Big Family with her husband!
BIG FAMILY OF THE YEAR
THE NOBLES & JESSE
“Jesse has definitely become one of the family, he’s kind of the missing link that we always had and he just fits right in with what we love to do and he’s definitely become one of us.” – Sarah Noble
Sarah, Andy, Lexi, Kate, and Will Noble have been matched with their Little Brother Jesse since October 2015. Jesse was eight years old when he was matched with his Big Family and the Noble children were all within three years of him. Over the past three years, every member of the Noble family has established a strong and unique friendship with Jesse. Through his match, Jesse has gained new experiences such as going rock climbing, to Valleyfair, and to a Vikings game at the new U.S. Bank Stadium. As a match, they have volunteered at Golf Fore Kids’ Sake the past two summers and attended many Big Brothers Big Sisters sponsored activities. Sarah and Andy have advocated for the program on many occasions and requested various donations from their workplaces. The Noble family provided their friendship, support, and encouragement in the times that Jesse needed it most. Jesse now refers to the Nobles as his “Big Dad”, “Big Mom”, “Big Sisters”, and “Big Little Brother” (since Will is younger than him). We are excited to see their match continue to grow in the years to come!
DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE AND SUPPORT A MATCH?
Partnerships, Advertising, Events/Fairs
Inquiry, Interview, Review & Approval
COST PER VOLUNTEER
Sharing Information, Facilitating 1st Meeting
Inquiry, Interview, Training, Background Checks, Review & Approval
$300 - $500
SUPPORTING THE MATCH
Liability Insurance, Communication, Activities & Supplies
24+ HOURS PER YEAR Program Coordinators Provide Support, Guidance, and Consistent Communication
- There is no charge for families, youth, or mentors to participate in our program. - We encourage mentoring matches to focus on their relationship. - We do not ask our matches to fund-raise.
LITTLE AMOUNTS MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. A monthly donation of $10-$25 can make a BIG impact on a local child. Visit our website, BigDefenders.org, to join our Match Makers monthly giving program.
OUR DONORS Federated Mutual Insurance
Mark Coborn Coborn’s, Inc. Morgan Stanley St. Cloud Subaru Traut Wells, Inc., Mark Traut
Anderson Trucking Service Shelly Bauerly Kopel & Scott Kopel Crafts Direct Jeff & Marty Fetters Jake Loberg Marco, Inc. Lori & Vince Mohs Moss & Barnett Park Industries, Inc. Preferred Credit, Inc. Martha Schneider
AirMaxx Trampoline Park, Russ & Wendy Pikus Barb Anderson & Dave Chandler Brent & Ingrid Anderson Anonymous Automotive Parts Headquarters, Inc. Allison Bardson Beaver Island Brewing Company BerganKDV Bernick's Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company John & DeeDee Blattner Bremer Bank Brock White Co. Dean & DeDe Budde Carlson Advisors, LLC Joe & Bri Francis Central McGowan, Inc., Central MN Darkhouse Anglers Cetera Financial Group Debbie Clausen Clear Lake Lions Club Pat & Anita Cooper Grace & Matt Coran
Ryan & Bethany Cross DeZURIK, Inc. D.J. Bitzan Jewelers Dubow Textile, Inc. Edina Realty Erickson Electric, Inc., Steve & Michelle Sauer Brian Fierst Foley High School N.H.S. Mike Gaetz Granite Equity Partners, LLC J-Berd Mechanical Contractors Jackie & Kevin Johnson K. Johnson Construction, Inc., Kevin & Julie Johnson Teresa & Andy Knoblauch Kwik Trip Lexis Nexis Mahowald Insurance Agency John & Maryanne Mahowald Jeff & Claudia Mallace Gary & Jane Marsden McDowall Company Microbiologics, Inc. Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co., Ltd. Brian & Karla Myres New Flyer USA Pilgrim's Premier Real Estate Services Julie & Eric Rethemeier Rick & Aleen Roehl Royal Tire Scheels Sports Shop Schlenner, Wenner & Co. Roger Schleper & Sue Wendt Wayne & Juli Schluchter SCR Bob & Sandy Sexton St Cloud Hotel Group, LLC St. Cloud Area Sertoma Club St. Cloud Rox Strack Companies Territory Golf Club The Write Advantage Third Street Brewhouse Dave & Judy Traut US Bank Viking Coca Cola Co. Vicky & Pat Welty Joe & Susie Westerlind What Would Brianna Do, Inc. Wolters Kluwer Financial Judi & Mike Ziemann Zonta Club of St Cloud
Mark & Barb Altringer American Heritage National Bank American Legion 621 of St. Augusta Anonymous
Arnold's Companies, Inc. Libby & Andy Auger BankVista The Boot Shack, Deb & Kevin Durken Central Minnesota Credit Union Cinema Entertainment Corp College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University Color Vibe Eye Kraft Optical, Inc. Falcon National Bank Corey Fitzgerald Ashley Friendshuh Jon & Kristen Fuchs Jeff & Melinda Gau Brad & Peggy Goskowicz Luke Graham Granite City Food & Brewery James & Kelly Hansen Heartland Glass Co., Inc. Horizon Roofing, Kurt & Tina Scepaniak Ideal Renovations MN, Inc. Anya & Brock Iverson J. F. Kruse Jewelers Jason & Tracy Jones Jim & Janet Knoblach Kohl's Department Store Lamar Advertising Liberty Diversified International Shelly Ludwig Lunds & Byerlys MFP, Inc. MidCountry Bank Miles Supply Miller Architects & Builders North Risk Partners/Apollo Insurance Quinlivan & Hughes, P.A. R.A. Morton & Associates RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc. Regional Diagnostic Radiology, PA Joy Ritt Kent & Muriel Roessler Shaun & Farrah Rowley Rose & Jim Sand Rhonda Siltman St. Cloud Federal Credit Union St. Cloud Optimist Club Eric & Mellissa Stalboerger Perian & Richard Stavrum Thrivent Financial Bob & JoAnn Thueringer Tony & Joyce Tillemans UBS Financial Services Joan & Steve Vincent Tim & Janet Wensman Leslie & Chris Yasgar Timothy Zebro Zach Zillmer
A.M. Maus & Son Benson Funeral Home Ginny & Jim Bisek Doug Blake Craig & Karen Broman Tami Buranen Luke & Pamela Cesnik Ryan Corrigan Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating DS Solutions Eich Motor Company Garrett Ewers Farmers & Merchants State Bank FireKing Security Group Kevin & Mandy Fitzpatrick Peggy Brown & Glenn Fuller Vic & Patty Funk Jeff Gannon Keith Gordon Melissa & Nick Granowski Gray, Plant, Mooty, P.A. Albert & Janice Hammond Christina & Jon Hazen Jamie Holmstrom Lee & Eric Hurd International Precision Machining Marlene & Tom Iten Paulette & Keith Julson Bob & Mary Kovell Joshua Loy Becky & Brad Luberts Mantra Salon & Spa, Monica Voth Mike & Kathleen Markman Ann & Eric Matvick Lee & Vicki Morgan Daniel Mueller Multiple Concepts Interiors Andrew & Sarah Noble Jason Primus Barry & Gretchen Quernemoen REVENTUS, LLC Luke & Karli Riordan Scott & Reyne Roeder Patrick Roehl Sartell Education Association Marie Schmitz John & Jan Schnettler St. Cloud Lions Club Gary & Barb Strandemo Karen & Doug Sunde SVL, Inc. Greg & Tama Theis Vela Strategy Luke & Tami Vossen Rosemary (Toy) Ward Julie Weber Kathy Young
Bruce & Pat Bechtold Mike & Elaine Benusa Jason & Jennifer Bernick Rick Bertram Erin Bitzan & Eamon Walsh Jacob Bowland George Bradshaw Brenny Specialized, Inc. Bursch Travel Agency, Inc. Callan's Furniture Lori Carr & Jeremy Lehto Jeanne Soleim & Tim Chirhart Ann Cofell Dan & Kathy Coplan Dave Dilley Arnie & Renee Dingmann Karisa Douglas-Gladson Henry & Kathie Ewers Ryan Faith Jolene Foss Patrick & Barbara Gannon Pete & Amber Gieseke Good Earth Food Co-op Granite Electronics, Inc. Wendy & Andy Gray Carey & Amanda Groethe Tom & Sue Ann Gustafson Shelby & Jasen Hadley Al Haeg Mike Haider Roger & Carol Haire Jake Hallerman Larry Halverson Sandra Hansen-Wolff & Terry Wolff Adam & Tiffany Heathcote Trisha Hendrickson J. Michael & Ellen Heneghan Hope & Jeff Hippler John Hoffman Nicki Holthaus Shannon & Julie Humbert Kevin Hurd Nathan & Hani Jacobson JMY Properties, LLC Andrew & Rachael Johannes Kathy Johannes Todd Kalevik Janelle & John Kendall Robert Keyho James Kiess Maggie Kipka John Kokula Joanne & Christopher Kudrna Courtney & Dan Kunkel Jamie Kunstleben Jim Laskowski David & Martha LaVoi Rob Schumann & Kris Lawrence Holly & Justin Lee Ryan Lee
Andrew & Samantha Leintz Jennifer Matzke Jerry & Maureen McCarter Trent Midas Casey Miles David & Nina Miller Miller, Plante & Wagener, LTD. Minnwest Bank M.V. Charlotte Monroe Breta Monroe & Ken Monroe Faye & Gary Mrozek Josh Muonio & Chelsea Hibbard Randy Negaard Greg & Julie Nelson Dale & Von Olmscheid Cathy Orth Kathryn & Clinton Pettus Cody Radke Renee & Tim Regel Mike Reineck Keith & Jayne Ritter Kimmer & Dave Robertson Julie Rohling Jason Ronning Ryan & Erin Ross Harry & Tina Rothstein Mat Sanborn Ryan & Melissa Sayre David Schams Lisa & Ted Scharf Ryan Schepp Brad & Emi Scherer Bill & Kristin Schmidt Dale & Patty Scholl Katie Scholl Screen Time Indoor Billboards Matt Sellers Dale & Cyndi Simson Pat Smith & Jerry Lutgen Sharalyn J. Snavely Spanier Bus Service, Inc. Peter & Kristi Spaniol St. Cloud Surgical Center Tim Stewart Allan & Annette Stowe Andrea Swenson Eileen Theisen Vince & Trisha Thiel Kevin Thompson Tischler Wood Products, Inc. Carrie & Tim Tripp Francis Tuma John & Pam Velasco Carol Veurink Annie Volkers Matt Volkers Irene Voth Lisa Vouk Lesley & Bob Walter Tyler Walz Don & Jan Watkins Larry Welter Donna Will
Xcel Energy Dan Zavala
Marie Ahles Angie Ahrens Paul Albrecht Dan Anderson Travis Anderson John & Margaret Arnold Jasper Asplin Todd & Karen Athmann Sue Athmann Mark & Michelle Backlund Bryan & Liz Bauck Cynthia Bayer Mary Bechtold Karen & Bob Bellmont Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Wayne Bills Klair Black Ryan Blake Robin Block John Blum Kyle Borchardt Aren Brown Kay & Ray Brown Eric & Joni Brown Tasha Bruns-Notsch & Clint Notsch Rich Bunde Andrew Burggraff Paula Capes Caswell Appraisal Kate Cavanaugh Cenex Jake Childers Jared Christensen James Clemenson Jenna Corrigan David Cox Brian Day Eric & Trina Dietz Mark Dingmann Leann & Major John Donovan Rob & Robin Dubow Larry Dykema Tom Dyrhaug Brenda & Keith Eisenschenk Tabitha Elstad Executive Express Neena Faith Nancy Farber Linda Feddema Mike Feldhege Liza & Nate Fetterley Ryan Finberg Laure Fischer Jon Fix Jason Fleitman Rebecca Fonss Val Fossa Troy Frieler Chad Frink
Ryan Fuchs Gene Funk Rafael Galvan Rob & Jennifer Garding Monte Gegelman Denise Gill Andrea Godfrey Nick Goin Phil Good Dean Grandstand Aaron Green Rebecca Gross Robin Grote Joseph Gruenes Ben & Sarah Grutsch Anjanette Gucciardo Abbie Gudmundson Jennifer Harris Rebecca & Dave Hasslen Jill Hattenberger Wendy Haus Deb Headley Les Hemmesch Brad Henrich Richard & Diane Heuring Chris & Docia Hogan Deb & Dave Holder Darrin Holthaus Tim Holthaus Kimberley & James Holweger Denise Hooper Mitch Hoyt Nate & Jennifer Humbert Charity Hunter Miguel & Nicole Iriarte Brenda & Brad Jacobson Marissa Jacques Barbara Johnson Samantha & Seth Johnson Al & Jan Karasch Andrew Karasch Linda Kendall Bakeberg Andrea Khalsa Kevin Kildahl Jeni & Michael Kiley Jessica Kisner Dale & Karen Kleinschmidt Susan Kostka Nathan Koubsky Byron & Jenna Kraemer Brian Kraemer Tamara Kraemer Ingrid & Trevor Kratzke Sarah & Keith Kremer Elizabeth Krenzelok Brian Kron Jane Krupke
Tami & Randy Kruzel Travis Kucala Joshua Kulus Kyle Kurr Craig Lampright Tony Landis Matthew Lawin Mike Layne Jean Leighton Erin Lemke Matt Ludwig April & Jodi Lund David Mahowald Joseph Mahowald Beth Marquette Linda Marthaler Massman Companies, Inc. Ian Mattson Todd & Lori McIlroy Anthony McPhillips Mike Meadows Justin Merriman Ileana Merten Tami & Derick Mesker Amy & Josh Meyer Ryan Meyer Shelby Mickalowski Matt Milbert Craig Miller Jake & Stacy Miller Bruce & Joey Miller Bethany Mineart Hannah Muerhoff Jay Mumm John Muzzy Pat Naples Mike & Sue Nelson Network for Good Michael Neuroth Ashley & Chris Nieland Steven Nohner Carol Nohner Jon & Cassie Notsch Kathleen O'Neil Leah & Cody Otto Marissa Ouaddafi Travis Overturf Christopher Owen Michelle Pallante Chrissy Parten Jeni Pederson Kimberly Pena Jesse Perry Jesse Ponsness Elizabeth Price Jesse Provo Geoffrey & Bernadette Quist Crystal Rangel Lori & Daniel Rebischke Kale Retzer Cari Ritter Victor Rolfes Jody Rudh Greg Ruter
Melanie Rutten Janet Saboe Tracy Sawalski Jen Schachenmeyer Joseph & Tracy Scharfbillig Dave Schlangen Alex & Brittney Schoephoerster Sharon Scholl Ron Schommer Jon Schuler Joe & Gigi Seifert Emily Seward Jill Silvernail Sandra Slocum Ryan Slyter Julie Sobania John Spaniol Caryn Stadther Emily & Todd Steinmetz Marcia Stellmach Jill Susa Zach Swanson Holly & Tom Swenson Amanda & Kaylee Sylla Target Brock Tatge Kathy & Mike Tays Jason Terwey Deb & Marty Thompson Dustin Thompson Linda Thompson Jeff Thune Chris Torborg Steven Torborg Ryan Torgerson Truist Travis Tucker Kris Valentine Justin Vickerman Krystal & Kevin Vierkant Dylan Vogt Ashlee Vosberg Michele Walklin Amelia Weber Scott Weider Nicole & Andy Welle Jerry Westhoff Tom Wicklund Jasmyn Williams Scott Winburn Dwight Winger Diane Wojtanowicz Greg Wojtowicz Shellie Wood Dustin Woolison Daniel Zika
MATCHMAKERS We are thankful for our supporters who choose to make a monthly, recurring gift as a MatchMaker! When you join Big Brothers Big Sistersâ€™ MatchMakers, you will join a special group of people reaching out each month to stand with kids and defend their potential. Jason & Tracy Jones Dan & Courtney Kunkel Ann & Eric Matvick Luke & Karli Riordan Rosemary (Toy) Ward
1969 SOCIETY Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota was founded in 1969. The 1969 Society is a special group of donors who have given a gift every year for the last ten years or more. Their faithfulness to Big Brothers Big Sisters reflects our long-standing commitment to the kids of Central Minnesota. Barb Anderson & Dave Chandler Jason Bernick Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Bremer Bank Bursch Travel Agency, Inc. C & L Distributing Capital One Coborn's, Inc. College of Saint Benedict/Saint Johnâ€™s University Crafts Direct
D.J. Bitzan Jewelers Eye Kraft Optical, Inc. Federated Mutual Insurance Foley High School Jeff Gannon Gray, Plant, Mooty, P.A. Bob & Mary Kovell Leighton Broadcasting John & Maryanne Mahowald Mahowald Insurance Agency Marco
Ann Matvick McDowall Company Miller, Plante & Wagener, LTD. Moss & Barnett North Risk Partners/Apollo Insurance Pilgrim's Aleen & Rick Roehl Royal Tire Scheels Sports Shop John & Jan Schnettler Bob & Sandy Sexton
Sherburne County Area United Way St. Cloud Federal Credit Union St. Cloud Lions Club St. Cloud Optimist Club St. Cloud Surgical Center Eric & Mellissa Stalboerger Thomas A. Ritsche Youth Fund United Way of Central MN Vicky & Pat Welty Xcel Energy Mike & Judi Ziemann
THE LEGACY CIRCLE We deeply appreciate our supporters who want to make a lasting impact for future generations with a planned gift from their estate. Eric & Lee Hurd Kevin & Jackie Johnson Gary & Jane Marsden Vince & Lori Mohs Steve & Joan Vincent
IN-KIND GIFTS From items at our silent auction to program supplies for our activity nights, we are thankful for these generous donors of in-kind gifts and services.
A Maze'n Farmyard Albany Golf Club Albion Ridges Danielle Barthelemy Beaver Island Brewing Company Bruce & Pat Bechtold
Becker Furniture World Bernick's Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company Big Sky Resort Melissa & John Bistodeau Blackberry Ridge Golf Club Boards & Company
Body Kinetics Jasper Bond Boulder Tap House Bruno Press BSN Sports Buffalo Wild Wings Bursch Travel Agency, Inc.
Buzzkill Mosquito Control C & L Distributing Judy Cagle Jody Christianson CliftonLarsonAllen Coborn's, Inc. The Coffee Shop Northeast
College of Saint Benedict/SJU Country Gallery Photography Studio, Inc. Cove Point Lodge Coyote Moon Grille Crafts Direct Kathy Crow Crowne Plaza Czarnetzki Hardware Hank D.J. Bitzan Jewelers Dale's Auto Detailing DAYTA Marketing Dicks Sporting Goods DMR DS Solutions Eagles Landing Golf Club Enterprise Rent A Car Executive Express Fairview Gardens Federated Mutual Insurance Grande Depot Great Lakes Aquarium Green Thumb Guthrie Theatre Brad Henrich Freedom Flight, Inc. Gabriel Media Geo Comm, Inc. Grand Casino Mille Lacs & Hinckley Carol Howe-Veenstra Terry & Brian Hurd Lee & Eric Hurd Ron & Sandy Hurd Insight Eyecare J. D. Donovan J. F. Kruse Jewelers Jackie & Kevin Johnson Kay's Kitchen Kelm & Reuter, P.A.
Kemps Kimpton Grand Hotel KSTP/KSTC, Joe Schmit La Petite Boutique LaCasita Mexican Restaurant LeBlanc's Rice Creek Hunting & Recreation Holly & Justin Lee Leighton Broadcasting Lunds & Byerlys John & Maryanne Mahowald Mall Of America Mantra Salon & Spa Marco Michelle Massman Ann & Eric Matvick McKay's Chrysler Jeep Dodge Mitsubishi Mechanical Energy Systems Mexican Village Mimbach Fleet Supply, Inc. Minnesota Air Minnesota Lawn Pros, LLC Minnesota Orchestra Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Minnesota Twins Baseball Club, Inc. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Wild Minser Chiropractic Clinic Molitor's Quarry Grill & Bar Monticello Country Club Mortgages On Main Mystic Lake Nahan Printing, Inc. Norseman Motors North Woods Laser Engraving Oak Hill Golf Club Old Log Theatre
Olde Brick House Paint & Pallet Panera Bread Paramount Center for the Arts Peerless Lawn Care Pepperidge Farm Distributor PleasureLand RV Center, Inc. Eric Poissant Powder Ridge Ski Area PowerHouse Outdoor Equipment Prairie's Edge Casino Preferred Service & Repair, Inc. Jerry Raymond Red Carpet Night Club Revolver Studios Rich Springs Golf Club Rock On Trucks, Inc., Krystal & Kevin Vierkant Lynell Russell Sam's Club Sandler Training Scheels Sports Shop Jessie Schroder Schuler Shoes Rob Schumann & Kris Lawrence Science Museum of Minnesota SCR Shooting Star Casino Short Stop Catering Geno & Karen Skaj Pat Smith & Jerry Lutgen Southbrook Golf Club Southwest Airlines Spanier Bus Service, Inc. St Cloud Subaru St. Cloud Area Family YMCA St. Cloud Cartridges
St. Cloud Country Club St. Cloud Police Department St. Cloud Rox St. Cloud State University Sta-Fit Stages Theatre Company Summerland Family Fun Park Trey Swanson Switchboard Advertising Territory Golf Club The Boot Shack The Landing at Lake Alex The Pickled Loon Amy Thielen Jonna & David Thomas Thousand Hills Cattle Co. Bob & JoAnn Thueringer Times Media Townsquare Media Traut Wells, Inc. Tri-County Humane Society Trobec's Bar & Grill Twin Spirits Distillery Urban Lodge US Bank Viking Coca Cola Co. Walmart Walt Disney World Co. Wapicada Golf Club Westre's Marine & Sport Westside Liquor What Would BriAnna Do, Inc. Whispering Pines Golf Course Whitefish Mountain Resort Wild Marsh Sporting Clays Wirth Center for the Performing Arts
FOUNDATION GIFTS We are grateful for the following foundations for partnering with us to support mentoring and unique programs such as Dr. Potter Bigs on Campus. AT&T Otto Bremer Foundation Capital One FastBreak Foundation: Minnesota Timberwolves & Lynx Thomas A. Ritsche Youth Fund Salem Foundation US Bank United Way of Central MN Wells Fargo Woodcraft Industries, Inc.
IN HONOR OF Jay by Kathleen O'Neil Lee Hurd by Anonymous Sam Traxler by John Muzzy
IN MEMORY OF Darlene Bechtold by Anonymous Mike Moores by Berm Benders, Inc., Caswell Appraisal, Tabitha Elstad, Ashley Friendshuh, Andrea Godfrey, Todd & Lori McIlroy Ideal Renovations MN, Inc., Joy Ritt, Sandra Slocum and Timothy Zebro LaDonna Scholl by Richard & Diane Heuring Agnes Thomas by Tracy Sawalski Mike Wahlin by Anonymous
While we have made every attempt to ensure the accuracy of this report, we apologize for any errors.
OUR BIGS Bauling, Amy & Ryan Adams, Shaunta Adelman, Austin Albers, Belle Alderink, Megan Alkhatib, Mohannad Anderson, Megan Andresen, Ashley Anthony, Laura Arvidson, Kimberly Baker, Barbara Balicky, Thomas Bastian, Nicole Batty, Sarah Bauer, Aaron Bay, Cassidy Beier, Drew Belanger, Kayla Berens, Bradley Bernard, Chris Billmark, Daine Biniek, Greg & Amy Bischof, Leah Bistodeau, John Bistodeau, Melissa Bitzan Erin & Walsh Eamon Blank, Emily Boehmke, Kayla Boser Samantha & Dubay Zachary Botten, Victoria Boutain, Danielle Bowland, Jacob Breitkreutz, Kyle Brenny, Emma Brix, Paul Brolin, Brianna Buchnowski, James Byers, Amanda Cameron, Emily Carlson, Jennifer & Jason Caughey, Joseph Chapman, Gabriela Chisholm, Brenna Chmielewski, Victoria Cielinski, Cora Claseman, Hailey Clausen, Debbie Collins, Kasondra Collyer, Elyse Congdon, Hannah Connelly, Stephen Connolly, Thomas Cooper, Linda
Corrigan, Kate Cotton, Cassandra Curtis, Brent Curtis, Travis Cwikla, Allison Dahlstrom, Caleb Daniels, Mallory Davis, Madeline Distler, Peyton Ditterich, Darin Dockendorf, Joseph Doroff, Mark Driste, Emily Dumonceaux, Bailey Eastman, Zoey Eddy, Jessica Edelbrock, Margaret Eisenschenk, Morgan Ekeren, Katelynn Ellingson, Cheryl Elliott, Jasmine Ellis, Thomas Evenson, Jaden Faith, Zach Falk, Emily Falk, Olivia Fierst, Brian Filsmyer, Abagaile Flores, Andrew Folsom, Sadie Fonss, Rebecca Foss, Alex Fournier, Diane Fragodt, Abby Fredrickson, Stella Friehl, Alana Frisbie, Emily Funk, Victor Gapinski, Bailey Garden, Steven Gast, Christina Gau, Christina Geisenhof, Kaitlin Genereau, Jack Gerads, Tyler Gertken, Caedyn Gevens, Bartt Gillian, Spencer Glomski, John Goad, Connor Goetz, Madeline Gomez, Sayil Goodwin, Katelyn Gorecki, Madison
Nadeau, Kenny Navarro, Kimberly Neigum, Greta Neitzke, Cody Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Kayla Nelson, Madeline Nelson, Megan Nelson, Rachel Nemeth, Alex Nemeth, Will Nemeth, Zach Newkirk, Ellen Niemela, Tina Nies, Tristan Noble, Andrew & Sarah Northburg, Debra Northenscold, Adam Notsch, Dylan Nygaard, Alexis O'Brien, Robert O'Brien, Taylor O'Neil, Cody Och, Jordan Oldakowski, Jill Oleen, Rachel Olmscheid, Nathan Olson, Brennan Olson, Jamie Orbeck, Grace Orr, Moreen Ostman, Jessica Oven, Victoria Padworski, Alexander Panuska, Jennifer Paul, Amy Payne, Morgan Perrault, Cera Peterson, Denise Peterson, Devin Peterson, Lauren Peterson, Mitch Phillips, Michael Piepgras, Ellie Plamann, Olivia Pogatchnik, Alexis Pollard, Zachary Potter, Margaret Puhl, Morgan Ramanathan, Janagan Rask, Rachel Rasmussen, Grace Ratka, Kaylee Rau, Charles Rau, James Reuss, Emily Rezac, Alyssa Rhonemus, Wade Rickers, Ben Rimas, Brianna Riordan, Luke Ritter, Hanna Rodel, Monica Roelofs, Hayden
Roger Schleper & Sue Wendt Rohlfs, Ben Ross, Ryan Rothfork, Ellie Roxanne Farber Ruder, Elizabeth Rudnitski, Arianna Rudnitski, Lexi Rudnitski. Isabel Rudolph, Tristan Runge, Alayna Rybka, Thaddeus Salk, Ricarda Sarff, Cassidy Savre, Alexandra Sayre, Ryan Schad, Katie & Adam Schatz, Rachel Schiffler, Will Schiller, Samantha Schlangen, Brooke Schmelz, Sierra Schmidt, Brady Schmitz, Isaac Schmitz, Michelle Schmitz, Sarah Schneider, Nathan Schoen, Shawn Schoenberg, Taylor Schoephoerster, Alex & Brittney Schomer, Julie Schroeder, William Schuck, Holly Schumacher, Carter Schumann Robert & Lawrence Kristine Schumer, Alicia Schuster, Kalie Schutt, Elizabeth Schwartz, Jocelyn Schyma, Brookelyn Scott, Austin Nadeau, Kenny Navarro, Kimberly Neigum, Greta Neitzke, Cody Nelson, Amanda Nelson, Kayla Nelson, Madeline Nelson, Megan Nelson, Rachel Nemeth, Alex Nemeth, Will Nemeth, Zach Newkirk, Ellen Niemela, Tina Nies, Tristan Noble, Andrew & Sarah Northburg, Debra Northenscold, Adam Notsch, Dylan Nygaard, Alexis
O'Brien, Robert O'Brien, Taylor O'Neil, Cody Och, Jordan Oldakowski, Jill Oleen, Rachel Olmscheid, Nathan Olson, Brennan Olson, Jamie Orbeck, Grace Orr, Moreen Ostman, Jessica Oven, Victoria Padworski, Alexander Panuska, Jennifer Paul, Amy Payne, Morgan Perrault, Cera Peterson, Denise Peterson, Devin Peterson, Lauren Peterson, Mitch Phillips, Michael Piepgras, Ellie Plamann, Olivia Pogatchnik, Alexis Pollard, Zachary Potter, Margaret Puhl, Morgan Ramanathan, Janagan Rask, Rachel Rasmussen, Grace Ratka, Kaylee Rau, Charles Rau, James Reuss, Emily Rezac, Alyssa Rhonemus, Wade Rickers, Ben Rimas, Brianna Riordan, Luke Ritter, Hanna Rodel, Monica Roelofs, Hayden Roger Schleper & Sue Wendt Rohlfs, Ben Ross, Ryan Rothfork, Ellie Roxanne Farber Ruder, Elizabeth Rudnitski, Arianna Rudnitski, Lexi Rudnitski. Isabel Rudolph, Tristan Runge, Alayna Rybka, Thaddeus Salk, Ricarda Sarff, Cassidy Savre, Alexandra Sayre, Ryan Schad, Katie & Adam Schatz, Rachel Schiffler, Will
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Voss, Saylor Vossen, Tami Walker, Adrian Walsh, Cassidy Walter, Anthony Walters, Brooke Walther, Jarron Walz, Landrie Walz, Tyler Webster, Emily Weems, Heather Weidner, Daniel Welk, McKenna Wells, Olivia Welsh, Tiffany Wertish, Kathryn Whetstone, Kalley Wieland, Christopher Williams, Tim Winkelman, Amelia Witte, Angela Wittner, Alyssa Wocken, Philip Yifru, Fasika Yoerg, Danyelle Zacharda, Kelly Zapf, Alex Zhang, Cindy
VOLUNTEERS ARE THE
BACK BONE OF THE BBBS MISSION Without our volunteers we would not be able to execute our mission and would not exist! Our Big Brothers and Sisters are the magic makers and dream weavers! Over 1,000 different people served as mentors, committee members, volunteers, or interns at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in 2017-2018 accounting for 33,900 total volunteer hours valued at $836,991. “Without question, I see my relationship with my Little as one of my most cherished gifts in life” –Big Brother Tony Lotzer
*The estimated value of an American’s volunteer time in 2018 was $24.69 per hour.
OUR AGENCY SPONSORS BIGGEST SPONSORS
Thank you to Federated Insurance, Traut Wells, Capital One, St. Cloud Subaru, DAYTA Marketing, Leighton Broadcasting, Thrivent Financial, Spirit 92.9, Coborn's Inc., Stinson Leonard Street, and Luther Honda of St. Cloud, for standing with us to defend the potential of Central Minnesota youth.
BECOME AN AGENCY SPONSOR Sponsors provide major, ongoing financial donations to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota in support of our mission to mentor children facing adversity. We are profoundly grateful for the support provided by our sponsors and are happy to customize sponsorship benefits to meet a company’s unique marketing needs. Along with the following benefits, sponsors receive various amenities relative to the level of giving at Big Brother Big Sister events held within the community.
BIGGEST SPONSOR $20,000+ or $40,000+ in-kind Allows us to recruit and professionally support 15 matches •Company logo recognition as BIGGEST sponsor on website and social media •Company profile featured on website •Company logo displayed at Big Brother Big Sisters business office
BIGGER SPONSOR $10,000+ or $20,000+ in-kind Allows us to recruit and professionally support 5 matches •Company logo recogniton as BIGGER sponsor on website and social media •Company profile featured on website •Company name displayed at Big Brother Big Sisters business office
BIG SPONSOR $5,000+ or $10,000+ in-kind Allows us to recruit and professionally support 3 matches •Company logo recogniton as BIGGER sponsor on website and social media
HOW YOU CAN IGNITE POTENTIAL VOLUNTEER
DOUBLE YOUR GIFT
With over 100 children on our waiting list, we are always in need of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples, and Big Families. Our program includes both Site/School-Based and Community-Based Bigs. Call us at 320.253.1616 today to find out more!
Participate in your employerâ€™s matching gift program.
DONATE Make a donation online: www.bigdefenders.org Mail donation to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota 203 Cooper Ave N, Suite 162 Saint Cloud, MN 56303
INVITE US TO VISIT We can visit your workplace over lunch for your team to learn about BBBS and how your company can get involved.
PLANNED GIVING Leave a BIG Legacy; include us in your estate or will.
BECOME A SPONSOR Sponsors provide major, ongoing financial donations to BBBS in support of our mission to mentor children facing adversity.
TOGETHER, WE ARE DEFENDERS OF POTENTIAL
BOARD OF DIRECTORS Mary Bechtold Program Coordinator
Jackie Johnson Executive Director
Peggy Brown Erin Bitzan DJ Bitzan Jewelers
Holly Lee RealTime Solutions Bill Martin-Chaffee
Tasha Bruns-Notsch Program Coordinator
Rachel Johnson Recruiter
Janna Cannon Program Assistant
Andrew Karasch Database Specialist
Liza Fetterley Lead Program Coordinator
Beth Marquette Program Coordinator
Ann Cofell Mid-Minnesota Legal Services
Rick Roehl Federated Insurance
Ann Matvick Program Director
Kevin Fitzpatrick Sentry Bank
Marie Schmitz BerganKDV
Robyn Rieland Program Coordinator
Jeff Gannon Miller, Welle, Heiser & Co., Ltd.
Alex Schoephoerster Moss & Barnett
Rebecca Fonss Program Coordinator Sharon Harren Administrative Assistant Shannon Harter Grant & Communications Manager Judy Huls Support Volunteer Brenda Jacobson Advancement Director
Dee Rodmyre Program Assistant Emily Steinmetz Sponsorship & Event Manager
Vince Mohs Debbie Clausen Thrivent Financial
Lee Hurd Bursch Travel Agency Andy Knoblauch Coborn's Courtney Kunkel Capital One
Luke Riordan DAYTA Marketing
Peter Spaniol US Bank Joan Vincent Public Relations & Fundraising Professional, Retired Vicky Welty SCR
ADVISORY COUNCIL Barb Anderson
Anderson Trucking (retired)
Scott Bement St. Cloud Subaru
John Schnettler CentraCare
Stinson Leonard Street
DJ Bitzan Jewelry
Cobornâ€™s Inc (retired)
Gray Plant Mooty
Shelly Bauerly Kopel Granite Equity
Tanner Systems (retired)
Cobornâ€™s Inc (retired)
Joyce Schlough Park Industries
Federated Insurance (retired)
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SAVE THE DATE Magic Moments Gala March 29, 2019
Federated Challenge July 28-29, 2019
Bowl for Kid’s Sake October 2019
St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center St. Cloud, MN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota 2017-2018 Annual Report