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A Message from our Director

Hello Friends,

As I write this we are in the middle of what seems like a year of winter. Record snow and cold temperatures across our states have caused us all to say a collective, "UF DAH." However, at our agency we are focused on SPRING, planning our Magic Moments Gala, "50 Years of Big Magic."

As our Gala theme states, we've been in the business of changing kids' lives, for the better, forever, for 50 years. At the Gala we'll be sharing just a few of the 1000's of stories we have. Kelly Radi, who is a part of a Big Family is our emcee and you'll be hearing her family's story of extending their family circle to include Dakota and her family. An unfortunate critical health situation that led to recovery and healing in a way that could not have been predicted.

You'll also learn about Vince Mohs, this year's awardee of the BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award. This award is in memory of BriAnna Kruzel, former Little and Big Sister, who passed away unexpectedly when she was just 18. The award is given to a deserving participant, either a former Little or High School Big, who demonstrates service to the community, strong character, and integrity. Vince's father was tragically killed when he was away for business when Vince was almost five years old. Mary, Vince's very wise mother, moved her family back to Minnesota to be close to family. Mary later enrolled Vince in our program and he was matched with Gary Marsden, c0-founder of Marco.

Vince rejoined our board in 2013 and he has been an incredible help to the agency as well as a friend and help to me in my role. While we will always grieve the loss of BriAnna, we hope that by giving an award that carries her core values, we can celebrate both her and the recipients.

Come join us for the next 50, the best is yet to come!

Jackie Johnson
Executive Director


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Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosts Magic Moments Gala

ST. CLOUD, MN (February 11, 2019) –

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota will host its annual Magic Moments Gala on Friday, March 29 at the St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center. Big Brothers Big Sisters is celebrating its 50th anniversary in our community this year, and in honor of this special milestone, the theme of the Magic Moments Gala is 50 Years of Big Magic.

The event co-chairs are Patty Funk and Anya Iverson, both employed by Marco, which is also a generous sponsor of the event. The event’s emcee is Kelly Radi, an award-winning author and powerful speaker who is also a part of a Big Family match in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

The Magic Moments Gala combines silent and live auction elements during the course of the event and will also feature a Wheel of Wine. One of the premiere auction items for this year’s auction is a Las Vegas trip. The event typically draws between 700-800 people and is considered one of the preeminent galas in the greater Saint Cloud area.

During the event, Big Brothers Big Sisters will be highlighting outstanding Bigs and Littles of the year, which will provide attendees with the opportunity to see firsthand the power of mentoring. Also, the 2019 recipient of the BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award will be named. BriAnna Kruzel, a teen who passed away unexpectedly in September 2013, was a former Little Sister and High School Big Sister in the mentoring program. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota annually recognizes a deserving former Little or High School Big, who demonstrates service to the community, character, and integrity.

The Magic Moment Gala presenting sponsors are: Vince and Lori Mohs, Marco, and ATS.

All proceeds from the Gala help to sustain hundreds of powerful and life-changing mentoring relationships throughout Central Minnesota. Tickets and sponsorship information are available at and raffle tickets are available at the Big Brothers Big Sisters office.


A healthy nonprofit has a fund development strategy as diverse as a professional investment portfolio. Proper stewardship of nonprofit funds is vital for financial sustainability and to advance the mission of the organization. At BBBS of Central MN we believe in and adhere to these best practices. Events are a special piece of our fund development pie chart. Our events create community, inform, celebrate, motivate, educate, inspire and generate financial support year after year.

BBBS of Central MN is 50 years old and we are excited to celebrate that milestone at our upcoming Gala – 50 Years of Big Magic. Now is the time to stand with us to defend the potential of Central MN youth and make an investment in the next 50 years. We are looking for event partners to provide auction items, purchase raffle tickets and event tickets and to be an event sponsor. For more information on how to get involved visit Magic Moments Gala 2019 or contact [email protected]

Thank you to our Defender and Protector sponsors: Marco, Vince and Lori Mohs, Anderson Trucking Service, Custom Catering, SC Times/LocaliQ and PCI!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota Unveils New Brand Positioning Aimed at Volunteer Recruitment

ST. CLOUD, MN, Oct. 1, 2018 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota along with more than 270 Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliates across the country, today unveiled a new, modern look and brand repositioning with a goal of recruiting more diverse volunteers.

“The need in Central Minnesota for young people to have a role model is more urgent than ever,” said Jackie Johnson, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota. “To attract more volunteers of all generations, we needed a modernization of our brand to make an impact in the community and meet the need of the essential work of matching youth with mentors.”

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