Lacombe BBBS celebrates 30 years with Great Big Christmas Dinner

Holiday season also welcomes return of the Festival of Wreaths

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lacombe and District (BBBS) recently capped off their 30th year with their annual Great Big Christmas Dinner.

The dinner celebrates the families, staff, sponsors and volunteers that makes BBBS a success.

“We have been serving Lacombe and district for 30 years. Since then, we have also taken on Blackfalds and Eckville. We have had a lot of volunteer manpower help us out and we have been able to serve a lot of children,” Executive Director Crystal Zens said.

Zens said the diversity of their program has allowed them to serve the community more and more.

“Our core programs continue to serve with community mentoring and in-school mentoring. Since then, we have had a lot of group mentoring programs which allow us to serve kids in more ways especially for kids on our wait list,” she said.

“We just launched Tutoring Tuesdays, which is a free program for our kids at the Bamford House and that has been a popular addition.”

The dinner, which is not a major fundraiser for BBBS, is a way to give back to families, mentors and volunteers and there are some draws, raffles and a 50/50 draw as well.

“We had about 290 in attendance, which is a pretty good turnout,” Zens said.

One of the newest awards of the evening was the Colby Sackett Memorial Scholarship, which is in honour of Sackett — a teen mentor —who passed away.

“His family was present at our dinner on Monday and helped us present that inaugural award to Lucas Cameron, who is one of our littles who became a teen mentor. He is going to RDC to take psychology,” Zens aid.

Currently BBBS is hosting their Festival of Wreaths, where local businesses auction off decorated wreaths to the community. Many of the wreaths have added deals and specials throughout the region.

“We have had 36 businesses in Lacombe and Blackfalds submit their wreaths. The auction is online, at the LMC and the Abbey Centre. Our goal for the auction is $8,000,” Zens said.

Following that, BBBS will gear up for their annual Bowl For Kids, which raised $60,000 last year.

“The economy is kind of sensitive right now and people are going through hard times. We are thinking the Bowl for Kids might not do as well but in the new year we are doing a collaboration with the Dancers Edge parents, which is A Night Among the Starts. It is like Dancing With the Stars,” Zens said.

Overall, 2019 was a healthy financial year for BBBS according to Zens.

“The community really came together and came through for us. We sold every single month for landlord of the month from local donations. We also had a Memorial Donation, which as for five months,” she said

Overall, the mortgage on the Bamford house is down to $135,000 from $150,000 due to programs like Landlord of the Month.

Zens added she hopes people bid on the fabulous wreaths created by local business.



todd.vaughan@lacombeexpress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Just Posted

PHOTOS: North Viewpoint Bridge opened at Ellis Bird Farm

A grant from Dow Canada allowed the project to go forward

94 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta on Wednesday, two more deaths

1,146 active cases with 9,891 recovered cases

Lacombe youth wins Trail Building Competition

Darin Boehme of Lacombe won Alberta TrailNet’s first trail building challenge

Sims Insurance installs Lacombe’s newest mural

Artwork celebrates Lacombe’s agricultural history

COVID-19: One more death reported in central zone

Number of active cases has decreased by more than 200 since last week

Protestors for Indigenous Lives Matter gather in Wetaskiwin

Protestors gathered along 56 St Wetaskiwin, Alta. August 4, 2020 for Indigenous Lives Matter.

Other communities can learn from Sexsmith: AUMA president

Alberta Urban Municipalities Association is an advocacy group for urban municipalities

Proposed oil and gas assessment changes could have big impact on municipal revenues

Croup representing urban municipalities is concerned about the outcome

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid

In July, Parliament approved a $600 payment for people with disabilities facing additional expenses during COVID-19

Two females arrested for carjacking in Leduc; sword and bear spray used as weapon

Wetaskiwin and Maskwacis female arrested for carjacking.

Alberta man’s body recovered from Okanagan Lake after five-day search

‘The depth of the water, as well as the topography of the lake, made the recovery of the deceased very challenging’ - RCMP

Feds look to finalize deal with airlines amid contact tracing concerns

Feds look to finalize deal with airlines amid contact tracing concerns

Dwindling B.C. bamboo supply leaves Calgary Zoo biologists worried about pandas

Zoo has been trying to send pandas back to China since May

Booking.com cuts workforce by thousands as travel atrophies

Booking.com cuts workforce by thousands as travel atrophies

Most Read