The Ice Ball is traditionally Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ largest fundraising event of the year and this year’s 13th annual event proved no different. On Saturday, August 26, 2017, despite looming threats of Hurricane Harvey making its way towards Austin, the Ice Ball had unprecedented attendance and raised a record-breaking total of over $650,000 in funds to benefit the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to helping children succeed in life and they work to provide children facing adversity with strong one-to-one relationships that help change lives for the better. At the event, we learned that last year, 98% of the children served stayed in school, improved their grades, and avoided early parenting. The Ice Ball typically provides one-quarter of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual income which enables mentoring for between 400 to 600 kids in the Central Texas area.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is a national nonprofit that makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages six through 18. These matches enable unique positive relationships that help to directly impact the children’s lives. At the Ice Ball 2017, guests enjoyed the opportunity to watch the below video sharing the story of “Big” Maggie and her “Little” Kirida, before Kirida and her mother, Theresa, appeared on stage to thank the audience for their support of the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
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