Celebrating our Success and Rededicating Ourselves to the Future!
Celebrating our success and rededicating ourselves to the future was the theme of the 2016 Big Hearts under the Big Sky Banquet and Auction.
Banquet goers enjoyed a Meet and Greet cocktail hour where they visited with past trip recipients and gained insight into numerous experiences from trip boards. Additionally, attendees perused a great assemblage of auction items. The enthusiasm was infectious and carried into the banquet hall and the dining experience. Following the keynote by our own Mac Minard, Executive Director for MOGA and the Big Hearts program, the auction kicked off. Items ranging from hunting and fishing trips to firearms and hand hone knives all the way to the annual hand sewn quilt went quickly to eager bidders. The evening capped off with our popular “Stand up for Big Hearts” which provided everyone the opportunity to be a part of Big Hearts.
By all accounts we enjoyed the most successful event in our 8 year history. Thanks to the help from many volunteers during the build up to the event and then the night of the event, things ran smoothly. Thanks go particularly to the Helena women’s group Beta Eta, the Women’s Carroll College Soccer team, a local dedicated Big Hearts volunteer group and students from Capital High School for the time and talent they all brought forward on behalf of the Big Hearts program. Many hands do make light work.
Thanks also to our event sponsors; Helena Motors, Toyota, Bloomquist Law Firm, Montana Radio, and Capital Sports and Western, whose efforts and support made every dollar raised at the event of to the Big Hearts program in support of those we serve.
The generosity of the sellout crowd shattered any previous records and at this level we are set to move into the year with sufficient resources to fund 2016 Big Hearts trip experiences and still have sufficient support for the program. The Big Hearts program is not about any one entity. It represents a community based opportunity to give on behalf of others. Thank you to those who have supported the Big Hearts program over the years. Together you truly are “Making a Difference One Family at a Time!”
We are delighted to report that the Banquet will remain in Helena for the next three years. Mark your calendar now and please plan to join us for a terrific evening of celebration and service.
Big Hearts Banquet Dates
January 14, 2017 Helena
January 13, 2018 Helena
January 12, 2019 Helena
Thanks again for supporting Big Hearts!