ST. CLOUD, MN (October 26, 2018) –
The Federated Challenge for Kids of Minnesota, headed by Federated Insurance, has a long-standing relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. They have a demonstrated commitment of supporting the organization and helping them carry out their mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota, in conjunction with the two other Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Minnesota, serve approximately 4,000 children annually, with several hundred more waiting to be matched with a caring adult.
On the morning of October 24, Pat Cooper, Executive Vice President, and Julie Rethemeier, Vice President & Director of Public Affairs, both with Federated Insurance, presented Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota with $409,120. The support came in the form of two investments; $384,120 to support the general operations of the mentoring program and $25,000 to be used for participant scholarships. Mark Traut of Traut Wells in St. Cloud was also in attendance. Traut has been a long-time supporter of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Federated Challenge.
Federated Challenge Scholarships will support qualified “Littles” and high school “Bigs” who have participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and are accepted in a non-four-year-program focused on apprenticeship, certificate, trade school, technical or community college. “Because of this incredibly important partnership with Federated Insurance and all the sponsors of the Federated Challenge, we are able to provide our kids with life-changing mentors and opportunities. They are partners in believing that a caring adult shifts the life of a child and changes the trajectory of future generations. The Federated Challenge, led by Jeff and Marty Fetters, who themselves have been a Big Couple in the program, understand the importance and breadth of our work. Because of their leadership, thousands of children and their families are positively impacted each year, forever” noted Jackie Johnson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota.