Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington would like to thank all that attended and/or donated to the 2017 BIG Auction Havana Nights. It was a record year for the event in attendance and amount raised, both up 30 percent over 2016.

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Everyone had BIG fun raising money for an excellent cause at the BIG Auction. Photo courtesy: Big Brothers Big Sisters

“We’re blown away by the level of excitement for the event, and the generosity of the donors and attendees,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeff Engle. “It was my first time at the BIG Auction, and the energy and fun atmosphere was unlike any other event I’ve attended.”

Nearly 500 philanthropic community and business leaders attended the 2017 BIG Auction Havana Nights, presented by Chase Bank, Harbor Wholesale Foods, and TBG Holdings. Guests were whisked away to tropical 1950s Havana with live music, Latin food, and passed cocktails.

 

“This was a really fun theme for us,” said BIG Auction Committee Co-Chair Allison Barker. “We try to keep the event fresh and fun with a new theme every year.”

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Money raised will help fund the new Bigs with Badgs program. Photo courtesy: Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

During the Fund a Need, City of Olympia Chief of Police, Ronnie Roberts, spoke on the new partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Washington for the Bigs with Badges program, which matches an officer with a Little in the community. Funds raised will go directly to launching the program.

The 2018 BIG Auction theme was announced at the conclusion of the event. “We’re really excited for the BIG 80s Prom! We’d like to see this event keep growing, and hope that our attendees are as excited for big hair and blue eye shadow as we are,” said BIG Auction Co-Chair Kacee Bootsma-Morris.

The BIG 80s Prom (Auction) will be held Saturday, October 20, 2018, at Little Creek Casino Resort.