A youth mentoring organization partners with local restaurants to fundraise for this year’s programs.
“Complete gratitude, shock, amazement, and thankfulness for everything this community does,” says Mary Shannon, Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters President.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Crawford County held their inaugural Brews and Bites event tonight at the barn at Timber Cove. And with this event, organizers were hoping to do something a little different.
“We were looking for a fun way to engage the community … something different then just sitting at a table eating a chicken dinner, right and so we wanted a place where people can engage and interact,” says Mary Shannon.
With mentoring more than one hundred children in Pittsburg alone, Big Brothers Big Sisters plays a vital role in the community.
“And those are kids when you look statistically at the youth we’re serving 85% of them live at or below poverty level. The same percent come from single family parent homes. Here in Crawford were actually about 40% of our youth currently has an incarcerated parent,” says Shannon.
Because of the impact this nonprofit organization makes on the community, an anonymous donor decided to match the funds raised at the end of the night.
“We did have an anonymous donor outside of Pittsburg stepped forward and said if you can raise fifty thousand I will literally match it dollar for dollar and all the funds stay here to serve our program,” says Shannon.
And organizers say that without the community support, this event wouldn’t be possible.
“The community here always supports you. I mean always when kids are involved or any other type of community event here in Pittsburg in Crawford County they always support you, so it’s awesome,” says Brad Snow.