July 15, 2019
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mass. Bay Raises $3.5M at 'Big Night'

February 8, 2019 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides adult mentors to enable youth to reach their full potential, announced that it raised a record-setting $3.5 million at its annual signature fundraising event held last Saturday, beating its goal by nearly 30%.

The 20th annual Big Night cocktail party, concert, and fundraiser, held at the House of Blues in Boston, sought to raise $2.7 million and attract 1,100 people. More than 1,100 people attended the sold-out event.

Last year, the same event raised $1.8 million.

Funds raised will help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB) expand its service and move children off its waiting list of 1,500 children who are looking for adult mentors.

“This year’s event was our 20th annual Big Night, marking a milestone for the organization,” said Wendy Foster, president and CEO of BBBSMB. “Jim Pallotta, Big Night’s founder and former board member, and his wife, Kim, went above and beyond by matching $500,000 of the funds raised on-site, inspiring attendees to help set a record amount raised in Big Night’s 20-year history.”

“The heroes are the parents who are working hard in order for their children to have a better life and the Bigs that volunteer to mentor these kids,” said Jim Pallotta.

Funds were raised via ticket and sponsorship sales, branding opportunities, gifts in honor of Jim Pallotta, on-site donations, and matching funds from the Pallottas.

Big Night fundraising typically represents 15% to 20% of BBBSMB's annual revenue, with all special events accounting for approximately 30% of the agency’s overall revenue.

Last weekend's event featured performances by artists Peter Wolf and the Midnight Travelers and French Lick.

Since 1998, Big Night has raised more than $38 million, helping to support more than 20,000 mentorships.

BBBSMB traces its roots to the formation of the Big Brothers Association of Boston in 1949. In the late 1990s, it began matching girls and women in response to a request from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to serve the Cape Ann area. In 2006, the organization merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cape Cod and the Islands, acquired Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Attleboro, and adopted its current name.

Today, BBBSMB annually serves 3,200 youth in Greater Boston, Cape Cod, and Martha's Vineyard, aiming to empower youth to achieve their full potential, contributing to healthier families, better schools, more confident futures, and stronger communities.

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