WOW gives $1,800 to Big Brothers Big Sisters

Jun 16, 2014
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The Women of Waynesville held a cornhole tournament Saturday, June 7, at Bearwaters Brewing to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Haywood County. It was the first time WOW and BBBS came together for a common goal.

“Although our normal fundraising events are usually done with a little more spice and riskiness, we felt the need to simmer down a bit because of the organization we chose to help in this situation,” said Michelle Briggs, vice president of WOW. “We felt the strong need to set a stage for the young children inside Big Brothers Big Sisters, and creating a 'team requirement' event made sense to us.”

WOW approached the board of Big Brother Big Sisters (BBBS) earlier this year and suggested their idea of doing a small, fun fundraising event for the “littles,” as the children are known in the BBBS family.

“In all honesty, I wasn’t exactly sure who the Women of Waynesville were prior to them stepping into our board meeting offering to raise money for our cause,” said Frank Wolfe, chair of the Advisory Council for BBBS. “However, I will never forget this amazing, spontaneous and outgoing bunch of ladies and what they did for us. This was the easiest fundraiser I have been involved with because the WOW women literally did everything from start to finish. In the end, I was given a check for all their hard work.”

The event could not have happened without the sponsors that came through and helped in supporting this local cause — A Small Miracle, Blue Moon Salon, Ken Wilson Ford, Overbay Insurance, Blue Mountain Chiropractic, The Dog House, Southpaws Pet Sitters, Forbidden Color Tattoo, Davis Furniture, Carson’s Grading and Septic LLC, JWP Landscaping, Belle on Main Salon and Elements Salon.

“In addition to our sponsors, the community was also incredible in donating raffles to this event, which allowed us to bring in several hundred dollars in additional monies for BBBS,” said Lynda Chovan, WOW treasurer. “For the 33 businesses that helped us out in raffles, WOW would like to extend a huge thank you.”

Twenty-five teams signed up to participate. Families, friends and team supporters sat by and cheered for their team.

Nathan Lowe of Blue Ridge Cornhole helped organize the tiers and teams and took charge in running the tournament. Live music was provided by Smokerise and Brian Keith of the Mile High Band, and the grill was smoking with burgers and hotdogs, sautéed onions and chips. Beer was provided by Bearwaters Brewing.

“It was truly one of the smoothest fundraising events we have done yet,” said Nikki White, president of WOW. “We were able to raise more money in such little time, and WOW has walked away from another successful event where we learned more about ourselves, BBBS and the amazing community we live in that is always willing to help out.”

Due to the success of the cornhole tournament, WOW was able to give $1,800 to BBBS of Haywood County.

“We appreciate all that these ladies have done for Big Brother Big Sisters, and we will continue to support them in their endeavors as they promote goodness and awareness and raise money for other needing organizations in Haywood County,” said Kip Rollins, Big Brother Big Sisters program director.

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