Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lloydminster (BBBS) is all about forming relationships.
Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t be of great surprise that the organization’s business relationships have led to some huge prizes for its annual raffle fundraiser.
“Sellers RV Center has sponsored the major raffle prize for the 23 years that we’ve done it,” said BBBSL executive director Brenda Robinson. “It’s not often that there is a fundraiser that goes 23 years, and that you have corporate support for that length of time. That’s a pretty special relationship.”
This year, rather than giving out an actual trailer, the BBBS grand raffle prize will award a $20,000 voucher, which the winner can use to pick out a trailer that meets his or her own needs and wants.
On Aug. 19, when prize winners are announced, BBBS will also award a $10,000 cash prize and a $2,500 gift certificate for the Lloydminster and District Co-op.
“Cash is always a prize that everyone can use,” said Robinson. “And we appreciate the sponsorship from the Lloydminster Co-op as well for the gift certificate for groceries or gas.”
The raffle is one of two major annual fundraisers for BBBSL, a local non-profit organization. The money made from ticket sales make up about 15 per cent of the organization’s budget each year.
BBBS made available 6,000 raffle tickets and is selling them until Aug. 12. Tickets may be purchased at a booth in the mall or over the phone by calling 306-825-5757. BBBSL welcomes ticket-holders to watch the big draw on Aug. 19 at LloydMall, beginning at 5:35 p.m.
Each year, BBBS invests the money made from the raffle into its various programs throughout the year.
Currently, BBBS is in the midst of its Summer Adventure Program, which, in addition to its mentorship component between high school students and youth, takes young boys and girls on field trips inside and outside of the community.
“We have been to Fort Battleford, we have been to the North Battleford Leisure Centre, we have been to the (Lakeland College) fire school,” Robinson said. “We have taken frisbee golf lessons, we’ve done lawn bowling, we’ve done swimming, we visit our local parks.”
Once the new school year gets underway, BBBS also orchestrates its After School Discovery program, while also carrying on its well-known in-school mentorships.