ST. CLOUD, MN (April 25, 2018) –
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota hosted its annual Magic Moments Gala on Friday April 13, 2018 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Over 600 guests were registered to attend the event, but due to the unanticipated record-breaking weather, not everyone was able to make it. A mighty 492 guests braved the spring blizzard and helped raise over $202,000 for the local mentoring program.
In addition to being the agency’s largest annual fundraiser, the Magic Moments Gala also raises awareness of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and the community’s need for mentors.
The evening began with a social hour, followed by a welcome greeting from the event’s co-chairs: Renee Regel and Monica Voth. The event’s emcee, Janelle Kendall, also performed two songs alongside Dan Witte in their acoustic pairing “Wheelhouse Duo”. One of their performances was a cover of the 1984 Bonnie Tyler hit “Holding Out for a Hero” which paralleled the event’s theme “Celebrating the Superhero in All of Us.”
Ixayana Gonzales accepted the 2018 BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award, which honors BriAnna Kruzel, a former Litter Sister and High School Big Sister who passed away unexpectedly in September of 2013. BriAnna’s mother, Tami Kruzel, was in attendance to present the award. Ixayana was a Little Sister in the program for six years. Ixayana’s work to develop mental health education and training for the Latino community epitomizes the spirit of the award, which is to carry on the legacy of kindness and generosity BriAnna exemplified in her short but rewarding life.
The event’s presenting sponsors were Vince & Lori Mohs and Marco. Federated Insurance, Traut Wells, and Capital One serve as "Biggest" agency sponsors, offering support throughout the year.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota provides mentoring services at no cost to families, youth, and mentors. All proceeds from the Magic Moments Gala help fund Big Brothers Big Sisters’ youth mentoring program benefiting local children who are facing unique challenges.
Currently, there are over 100 children in central Minnesota who are waiting for a Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple, or Big Family. To learn more about becoming a friend to a child in need, call (320) 253-1616 or visit www.bbbscentralmn.org.