Taking it to the Next Level
It’s time to once again party with a purpose, as AY, Big League and DataPath Administrative Services present the fourth annual Rockin’ Singles in the City. This year, Rockin’ is earlier, bigger and better. We’re moving the party to Next Level Events in Little Rock’s Union Station, and it’s being held May 20.
Rockin’ Singles in the City is one of several fundraising events held to support the important work Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arkansas (BBBSCA) does to mentor youth.
BBBSCA matches Pulaski County youth, ages 6 to 14, with adult mentors through their school/site-based and community-based mentoring programs. Today, more than 272 youth, Littles, are being mentored by 270 adults, Bigs; however, another 80 youth await matches. Funds raised through events, such as Bowl for Kids Sake, Bid for Kids Sake and Toast & Roast, also help support efforts to recruit, screen and train mentors.
“We raise money to remove the financial constraints many adults face when serving as a mentor,” Christel Cater, vice president of marketing and recruitment, said. “We sponsor group outings to local theatres, University of Arkansas at Little Rock basketball games, Arkansas Travelers games, picnics … we host parties at places like Playtime Pizza and sponsor events such as relay games. These activities are all things AY readers would participate in as family outings; but for many of the children in our programs, these outings aren’t possible. Often we’re providing a first-time experience. It’s amazing to see the excitement on their faces.”
BBBSCA, as many non-profit organizations have, has experienced a decrease in contributions as a result of the economic downturn. Thus, Cater said, “Rockin’ Singles in the City is beneficial to our organization. It provides funding for both mentoring programs and allows Bigs and Littles to experience unique outings throughout the year.”
This year’s singles are paired with outings for four to six individuals or more. Outings include: a one-night stay and golf at the Red Apple Inn & Country Club in Heber Springs; golf and dinner for four at a local country club with Steve Shields, coach for the UALR Trojans; a one-night stay in Memphis and a show at the famous Orpheum Theater; a dinner party hosted by Chris Olsen; and happy hour and dinner with the AY staff; and more.
Singles participating in the group outings include: Aiyana Cristal of KTHV; Lea Blackwell; Jean Rupiper; Jon Teague; Anna White of KTHV; Daniel Zolnikov; former Razorback David Carlton; and others.
“This will be a fun evening for everyone. You don’t have to be single to bid on a single and his or her outing … in fact, you can simply bid on the outing,” Cater said.
Rockin’ Singles in the City will be held at Next Level Events, 1400 W. Markham, Little Rock. Emcees for the evening are Mallory Hardin of KARK and Ugly Ed of Alice 107.7. Thomas Blackmon of Blackmon Auctioneers will conduct the auction. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the fun begins soon after; and the auction starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 per person and include beer, wine, margaritas and appetizers. Come out, mix and mingle, and have a fantastic evening while raising money for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Tickets are on sale now. For more information about BBBSCA and Rockin’ Singles in the City, log onto bbbsca.org; call (501) 374-6661; or log onto aymag.com.
Meet some of the Rockin' Singles for this year's event.
Meredith Looney & Anna White
A big thank you to the 2011 host committee:
Greg and Elizabeth Jones
National Custom Hollow Metal Doors
Nancy Sherman and Evelyn Smith