Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Michigan is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation. Specifically, $8,000 from the Fund for Community, $1,000 from Circuit Controls Corporation Charitable Fund, and $1,000 from the Ted and Brenda Frey Donor Advised Fund.  The funds from this grant will go towards supporting volunteer outreach and support of our existing mentoring relationships throughout Charlevoix and Emmet Counties.

BIGS will be recruiting 40 additional mentors to work with children one-on-one throughout the year in both school and community settings. The goal is to serve 110 children over the course of the grant.

Anyone interested in being a Big Brother or Big Sister is encouraged to call BIGS at 231-313-7323, or visit us at our Petoskey office at 2350 Mitchell Park Drive.  For more information about the Petoskey-Harbor Springs Community Foundation please visit

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Tony"It's hope.

Hope for a better job.

Hope for a better life....

You see....hope is the good stuff that grows the heart of a child."

Check out this video of Tony Anderson at TEDxTraverseCity's Pitch Night.....the three minutes it takes to watch is so worth the inspiration!!

Tony Anderson is the founder of Marathon4Kids, a Bigs Board Member and a Big Brother.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan recently received the 2015 National Quality Award. Out of 370 agencies in the U.S., our local Bigs’ agency is one of 43 agencies across the Country to receive the Quality Award.

The Quality Award recognizes the hard work of agency leadership and staff in providing high-quality programming to the children it serves.  Agencies receiving the Quality Award met or exceeded the following goals in 2015:

  • Served a minimum of 150 children
  • Raised at least $150,000 in revenue
  • Achieved a community-based 12-month retention rate of 64% or higher
  • Achieved a school-based 12-month retention rate of 41% or higher
  • Maintained a match support contact done rate of 90% or higher

Overall, agencies across the Country were recognized in three categories:  Pinnacle (top award) Gold Standard (2nd level) and Quality (3rd).

     Gold Standard: Goals achieved for Quality Award above, plus:

  • Grew the number of End Active Matches
  • Increased revenue by 5% or more

The Pinnacle Award goes to agencies that have met all the qualifications for the Gold Standard Award for two or more consecutive years.

There were 16 agencies that received the Gold Standard Award and only 5 agencies to receive the Pinnacle Award.

“We are thrilled about this accomplishment”, said Executive Director, Cecilia Chesney, “we’ve worked really hard to help children in northwestern Michigan, and it feels good to be recognized nationally for our efforts”, she said.

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Exciting news! Big Brothers Big Sisters and LochenHeath are teaming up to present a one of a kind golf event. All proceeds will benefit the Bigs local mentoring program and are tax deductible.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

LochenHeath Golf Club

Williamsburg, MI

2 Great Events in 1 Day!!

Bigs Men's Golf Invitational

  • Tee times begin at 8:00am
  • USGA handicap required
  • One net better ball of two
  • For complete Invitational details Golf Flyer for Invitational

Bigs Golf Scramble

  • Shotgun start - 2:00pm
  • 4 person scramble
  • Best shot scramble format
  • For complete Scramble details Golf Flyer for Scramble

Bigs Golf Outing Sponsorships Available

For Sponsorship opportunities Bigs Golf Outing Sponsorship Information

If you have any questions please contact Kris at

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TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. (March 16, 2016) – Big Brothers Big Sisters (BIGS) Annual Bowl For Kids’ Sake officially kicks off today!

This event is Big Brothers Big Sisters most important fundraiser of the year, providing 30% of the organization’s annual revenue.

If you care about kids and can “spare” a little time for fun, join us!  No bowling skills are required to have a good time.  All proceeds are used locally to create and nurture life-changing friendships between at-risk youth and caring adult mentors.

Teams of 4 can register at – go to the Big Blue Events button, pick your location Harbor Springs or Traverse City and reserve a lane on the date and time you wish to attend.  Each team member is asked to collect a minimum of $125 in donations over the next several weeks, which can easily be completed online.

Following several weeks of fundraising, we will host a celebration at Northern Lights in Harbor Springs on Friday, May 6, and over 3-days at Incredible Mo’s May 10-12, where teams will play the arcade, bowl, lip-sync, enjoy some amazing food and win some incredible prizes.

BIGS would like to recognize our Headline Sponsor FOX Motors, along with the following VIP Sponsors: Bill Marsh Automotive, 4Front Credit UnionCherryland Electric Cooperative, Chemical Bank, Midwestern Broadcasting and Incredible Mo’s.

BIGS is the longest serving youth mentoring organization in the region serving children in the five-county area.  Its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.  You can help provide the simple gift of friendship by joining the Bowl For Kids’ Sake fundraiser TODAY!

If you can’t participate in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, go to and make a donation to help BIGS reach it’s fundraising goal of $100K.

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Marathon 4 Kids

Marathon4Kids raises money to support our Matches. You can help by donating $1 for every mile completed. Join the Buck-a-Mile club today!

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