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Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Annual Gala on Oct. 8 with KMOV Matt Chambers

On Oct. 8, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois will host its 7th Annual Big Impact Bash at the St. Clair Country Club, 100 S 78th St, Belleville.

Registration for the event is now open. The deadline to purchase tickets is Sept. 20. Tickets are $100 per individual. A full table of eight can be purchased for $800.

The in-person event will kick off at 5 p.m. with beer and wine tastings on the terrace, followed by a formal dining experience, auction and program honoring selected mentoring program participants. The Big Impact Bash benefits youth facing adversity in Madison, Monroe, Clinton, and St. Clair counties by providing and supporting one-to-one mentoring relationships proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble, and on the path to post-graduate success.

“We are incredibly grateful to this community who believe in igniting the power and promise of youth through strong and enduring one-to-one relationships. The Big Impact Bash is a night dedicated to recognizing our generous community, honoring our Bigs and Littles and coming together around a vision for the future in which all children in our community can graduate high school with a plan for their future and a mentor whose impact lasts a lifetime,” said Heather Freed, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois. “This year’s program is sure to leave guests feeling inspired.”

Through a live, in-person interview, special guest Matt Chambers from KMOV will capture the story of the 2022 Big and Little of the Year.

BBBSIL encourages readers to join with generous high-profile sponsors including Ameren Illinois, Auffenberg Dealerships, Holland Construction, J.F. Electric and the Southern Illinois Police Chiefs Association, along with many other partners and donors, in supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois’ Big Impact Bash.

To register or make a donation, visit

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois is an affiliate of the oldest, largest and most respected mentoring organization in the country. Over the last 40 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois has served thousands of children across Clinton, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair counties through one-to-one mentoring.

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