Big Brother Gary Sutherland and his Little Brother Tucker
BB/BS hosts annual Golf for Kids’ Sake fundraiser
By Christine Weber
WORLAND — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest
Wyoming (BBBS) will host the second Annual Jim Blake Memorial Golf
for Kids’ Sake fundraiser on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at
Green Hills golf course. The event consists of four-member teams
participating in an 18 hole scramble, followed by lunch and a
special award ceremony for the top golfers. Registration gets
underway at 9 a.m.
Prizes for top three fundraisers include:
• Full detail from Jay’s Detailing
• Golf lessons from Green Hills pro
• UW football tickets to the game of your choice
According to Lisa Beamer, CEO for BBBS, the event raises money needed to carefully pair volunteer adult mentors with children who face adversity in staff-supported, long-term mentoring friendships.
Beamer said the goal is to raise $25,000.
“We honor Jim Blake through this annual event because he was a Big Brother and strong advocate for our program,” said Beamer.
Gary Sutherland, financial officer for BBBS, is himself a Big Brother. He has been matched with his Little Tucker for the past three years.
“Jim Blake and I worked together and introduced me to his Little Brother,” said Sutherland. “I thought their relationship was pretty cool; so when I started working for BBBS, I was matched with Tucker.”
The match was a couples match, meaning Sutherland and his wife Laura Sutherland met with Tucker each week.
Avid golfers, the Sutherlands introduced Tucker to the game and also invited him to their house for summertime barbecues.
“We also helped him plant his own garden so he could harvest and eat the vegetables,” Sutherland said.
Even though Tucker has moved out of state, Sutherland still maintains phone contact. When Tucker returns to Worland for holiday visits, the Sutherlands get together with him.
“We thoroughly enjoyed our time with Tucker and saw his progress on and off the golf course,” said Sutherland.
Beamer said, “Gary was more broken up when Tucker left.”
Other adults can have just as meaningful a relationship with a young child by becoming a Big.
Beamer said currently 20 children are served in Worland with mentoring matches and there is a need for more.
The match can be traditional or can be a school-based match where you meet your ‘Little Buddy’ during breakfast or lunch.
Cost to participate in the tournament is $50 per person or $200 for a team. Those interested in being on a team or sponsoring the event, should contact Beamer in Worland at 1-800-294-9700 ext. 101 or Ross Valore at ext. 104. Or stop by the office at 1313 Big Horn Ave or sign up online at http://gfks2013.kintera.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters other popular fundraiser ‘Evening in Tuscany’ will be held Friday, September 20 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Worland Community Center Complex. This event features sumptuous Italian cuisine from Worland eateries.
DAILY NEWS photos by Christine Weber
The Worland Garden Club installed its officers for the year 2013 at its recent meeting. Above from left nominating committee members Barbara Roberts and Jane O’Connor present officers Robbi Inman, president; Heather Trauntvein, secretary; and Twyla Gladson, treasurer. President Inman also recognized several members of the club who helped make her role easier by assisting in various activities. The are at right from left Twyla Gladson, Jane O’Connor, Barbara Roberts, Ruby Green and Deanna Lebarron. Also recognized was club member Christine Weber. Each received a bouquet with the floral colors representing a certain function.
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