Meet the 2018 Big Buddies. Left to right: Tristan, Kole, Eli, Frankie, Pepper, Ms. Jolene, Bri, Vanessa, Mina, Mayla and Frankie. Not pictured: Lily, Solae, Olivia and Ethan.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Big Sky aims to make more matches

Calling all Bigs! There are Littles out there looking for a match. So says Jolene Clark, branch coordinator for the Big Sky Chapter of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program—adult mentors for the BBBS Community Program are always needed.

The organization recently wrapped up its school-based program, Big Sky Buddies, in which high school students are matched with an elementary counterpart. The pairs meet for an hour once a week at the school to play games, do school work and just chat. 

“It’s all about relationship building,” said Clark. “These aren’t necessarily high-risk kids, just kids who want a mentor.”

With school almost out, the focus has shifted to the adult mentor program where “Bigs” are matched with “Littles” and meet up in the community for one hour a week to do things like hiking, biking, cooking, and more, with the goal of giving each child the best chance for success. 

“The best part about BBBS is watching the relationships blossom,” Clark said. “Both Littles and Bigs come to the match a little bit nervous. It usually takes a short time for the match to grow fond of each other and you really start to see the meaningful interactions happen.”

Clark and BBBS are also looking forward to the organization’s biggest fundraiser of the year, the 16th Annual BBBS Celebrity Golf Tournament at Big Sky Resort Golf Course, this year to be held Monday, July 9. 

Since its inception in 2001, this tournament has been a main fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Gallatin County. The tournament has won the support of dozens of sports and entertainment celebrities, including Matt Morris, Autry Beamon, Tom Weiskopf, Dave Coulier, Chris Kirkpatrick, Jeff Fisher, Marty Pavelich, Chase Reynolds to name just a few, who have committed to playing for the cause.

There are a number of ways to get involved with the tournament. Sponsors, volunteers, auction donors and golf teams are all urged to sign up soon. New this year is the “Entertainment Sponsorship,” where the $250 to $5,000 sponsors can donate and then get the opportunity to meet Sunday night’s celebrity entertainment—“The Voice” contestant Preston Pohl. Donors can also place their names on a banner, and much more depending on sponsorship level.

To become a Big, or to get involved in the upcoming tournament fundraiser, contact Jolene Clark at (406) 855-6544 or jolene.clark@bbbs-gc.org

Visit https://bbbs-gc.org/program/big-sky/ for more information on the BBBS in Big Sky.

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