YMCA Hosts Annual Big BBBSCI SummerFest for 800 Volunteers, Youth, & Families

INDIANAPOLIS – On July 14, 2019, over 800 youth and their families involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) program, along with mentors and supporters, will participate in the annual BBBSCI SummerFest at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA.  This event is made possible by sponsors: Jug’s Catering, Lilly Endowment, Inc., Summer Youth Program Fund; St. Vincent & Ascension Health; United Way of Central Indiana; United Way of Johnson County; and YMCA.

Youth, their families, and “Bigs” (mentors) are invited to take part in a free summer celebration which includes lunch, swimming, games, and other activities.  From 6 – 8:30 p.m., participating mentors, youth, and their families will enjoy dinner courtesy of Jug’s Catering.  A partner of BBBSCI, the YMCA is hosting this event exclusively for BBSBSCI to celebrate successful mentoring relationships for youth in central Indiana. This annual celebration has been a pinnacle of the agency’s summer activities for 18 years.

“We are so grateful for our ongoing partnership with the YMCA and for making this opportunity possible for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana,” Amy Essley, Chief Program Officer at BBBSCI, said. “Thanks to their generosity, we’re able to provide a memorable and special day for our Bigs, Littles, and their families to spend quality time together. We’re excited to have this celebration and are looking forward to having everyone gather for this meaningful activity.”

WHAT:  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana SummerFest picnic

WHO: Over 800 youth and their immediate families, mentors, staff, and Board of BBBSCI.  This event is not open to the general public.

WHEN: Sunday, July 14, 2019

WHERE: Benjamin Harrison YMCA (5736 Lee Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46216)

TIME:  6 – 8:30 p.m.      


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) exists to defend, ignite, and empower the inherent potential of every child by providing them with professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. BBBSCI will serve 1,400 kids this year, ages 8 to 18, in Marion, Hamilton, and Johnson Counties. An affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and a United Way partner, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is a non-profit organization that provides children with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that empower them to reach their full potential. To volunteer, donate or for more information, visit www.bebigforkids.org or call (317) 921-2201.

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