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WHO works to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Maggie Ives
Special to The SUN

Photo courtesy Maggie Ives Bigs, Littles and their mentors gather during a recent mini-golf outing in Pagosa Springs. Big Brothers Big Sisters will benefit from the upcoming Fashion’s Night Out, hosted by WHO, “Women Helping Others.” The third annual fashion show will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Photo courtesy Maggie Ives
Bigs, Littles and their mentors gather during a recent mini-golf outing in Pagosa Springs. Big Brothers Big Sisters will benefit from the upcoming Fashion’s Night Out, hosted by WHO, “Women Helping Others.” The third annual fashion show will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Colorado has been helping children in Pagosa for over 13 years. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong enduring professionally supported, one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better forever. By providing these children with a strong positive role model, BBBS is also strengthening self confidence and empowering children to achieve more and give them the building blocks they need to be successful contributing members of society.

Many studies have been conducted that prove that mentoring works: 92 percent of parents in BBBS in Pagosa report that their children’s self confidence has improved; 68 percent see an improvement in their child’s academic performance; 90 percent of the kids in BBBS report that they have an increased interest in learning new things; 75 percent of mentors reported that they saw increased decision making ability in the children they work with.

Mentoring with BBBS positively impacts and empowers children over their entire lifetime.

We are grateful to be one of the recipients of the proceeds from the Happy Trails Fashion’s Night Out. The ladies who make up WHO, “Women Helping Others,” do great things to support charities in Pagosa Country.

Their third annual Fashion Show  will be held on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 6 p.m. at the Ross Aragon Community Center.

Tickets are $35 and are available from BBBS, at Happy Trails, from Sharee Grazda at 731-0317, and at other locations. Please join us for a fabulous night of fashion, good friends and good causes.

BBBS is constantly enrolling new children into the program and we are always looking for positive role models to share your lives with these children. If you are interested in helping a child blossom,  contact Maggie Ives at 398-0007 or Maggie@bbig.org.

It is as rewarding for you as it is for the child.

This story was posted on October 17, 2013.