Participants had twice the fun, but Big Brothers Big Sisters raised half the dough at their annual Curl 4 Kids event.
The non-profit raised $30,000 at Sunday’s outing on the curling sheets of MacDonald Island Park. Compared to previous years where the average was between $50-60 thousand, Executive Director Joanne Angel said it was a low total.
“We were down in sponsorship,” she said. “But due to the economic climate that’s to be expected.”
The shortfall is expected to affect BBBS’ budget for the year, as the organization relies on these types of events to support the level of programming they currently have. Angel said they are still waiting to hear on a few grant applications that could help lessen the impact.
She added that they had to find a new title sponsor after their usual supporters had to restrain budget spending. She said she’s happy with how the actual event was executed by her staff, but they need to look at improvements for the future.
“We need to get the word out a lot sooner,” she said.
Big Brothers Big Sisters serves around 50 children in the RMWB, through traditional big-little matches and schoolroom programs. You can donate to them here.