Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana Aims to Raise $300,000, Recruit 300 New Bigs

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) announces its Giving Tuesday campaign, The Big Blitz presented by the Indianapolis Colts, aimed at raising $300,000 to support one-to-one mentoring relationships and encouraging 300 people to take the first step to become Bigs. Every dollar raised to $150,000 will be matched by generous donors of BBBSCI. Taking place on November 28, 2023, The Big Blitz is an essential fundraising and recruitment effort driven by BBBSCI’s current and alumni Bigs and supporters that provides the connections and capacity for BBBSCI to match more young people in Marion, Hamilton, and Johnson counties with a caring and competent mentor.

Ande Satler, Director of Community Impact with the Indianapolis Colts, stated, “The Colts are excited to present The Big Blitz in partnership with BBBSCI for the third year in a row. The Colts believe that the mentoring friendships created and supported through BBBSCI help guide and shape the futures of our young people, and we are committed to positively impacting the greater Indianapolis community through this partnership.”

Through the storytelling of its biggest advocates, BBBSCI will invite the public to engage in an online fundraising campaign to support the creation of new mentoring relationships and sign up to volunteer – all to reach more of the 900+ youth waiting for a mentor.

“What makes this effort special is the support of our volunteer mentors. They see first-hand the impact of mentoring through their time with their Littles, and they want to help make sure more kids in our community benefit from that experience. We are grateful to the thousands of supporters and the Indianapolis Colts for showing through their words and action how much they believe in the power of mentorship,” shared Darcey Palmer-Shultz, CEO of BBBSCI.

BBBSCI invites the Central Indiana community to join their efforts to make a difference in the lives of kids in Central Indiana. Every person who makes a monetary donation or starts the process of becoming a Big will help BBBSCI create 100+ new mentoring friendships for kids in Central Indiana.

Being a mentor, or “Big,” through BBBSCI requires a one-year commitment to be matched with a mentee, or “Little.” Bigs and Littles meet 4-6 hours per month, and together, they enjoy activities provided by BBBSCI and their partners or find activities within their community.

On Monday, November 27, 2023, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana (BBBSCI) hosted the Run the Clock Bash at the BBBSCI Mentoring Hub to celebrate the MVPs who were instrumental in recruiting new Bigs and fundraising leading up to Giving Tuesday. The event aimed to honor the supporters of The Big Blitz and was open to individuals aged 21 and above interested in becoming Bigs. BBBSCI’s Giving Tuesday campaign, which launched in October, aimed to recruit 300 new mentors and raise $300,000. The Run the Clock Bash was a fantastic opportunity for attendees to interact with current and prospective mentors, staff, and special guests. Along with appetizers and drinks, attendees also enjoyed a special appearance from DeForest Buckner, the star defensive tackle for the Indianapolis Colts. Buckner was excited to be one of the champions for the Indianapolis Colt’s partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters and celebrate the difference that MVPs were making for the Central Indiana community. He also shared the positive impact of mentoring and how it has influenced his life. One major highlight of the event was the achievement of the MVPs in reaching their first few fundraising goals of over $20,000 before Giving Tuesday. The Run the Clock Bash was a huge success, thanks to the organizers, supporters, and MVPs who helped make it possible.

Energetic and fully charged, The Main Event returned to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in October 2023 for an evening celebration of the impact of mentoring and Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission. Attendees rallied together to GO THE DISTANCE to defend, ignite, and empower the potential of all young people in Central Indiana! The experience went into overdrive as attendees took part in an exclusive evening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway track. They heard from celebrity speakers and inducted Matches into the Alumni Hall of Fame, while enjoying entertainment, a silent auction, food, and drink. The atmosphere was electric as everyone raced to ignite the power and promise of youth alongside the community! It was a night to remember, and all attendees left with a renewed sense of purpose and a commitment to making a difference.