We hold a variety of special events each year. These events are important, as they involve direct contributions from individuals in the community, as well as in-kind donations of products and services from many groups and businesses in our community. We welcome the opportunity to talk with individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations about other avenues of financial support.

The money raised through our annual events helps us manage and maintain all of the mentoring relationships currently initiated through our program and recruit, screen and match mentors to the children on our waiting list. Please join as at the event(s) of your choice and help Start Something for a child in Southwestern Illinois.

Each of our annual events are also seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committees. Contact [email protected]  if you would like additional information about joining a committee or other ways of getting involved.


May 5, 2022 at 7:00pm

Companies, organizations, and groups of friends form a team and enjoy a night of trivia under the stadium lights and over the jumbotron at GCS Ballpark. Bonus - you get the awesome feeling of supporting children in our community through one to one mentoring.


September 23, 2023

Our fall gala event is guaranteed to always make a Big Impact. This event will be packed with dinner, an inspiring program and auction. The Big Impact Bash will take place in the fall. Expect powerful stories, guest speakers, and more that will leave you feeling inspired to make a difference.

For more information on any of the above events, please contact us at [email protected].



Cash Raffle

 February 27, 2023 - June 5, 2023

Enter to win the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois  $50,000 Cash Raffle. Each ticket sold supports life changing mentorship proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success.

Only 1,900 certificates will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win four cash prizes with the grand prize of up to $50,000 in cash. 

House Raffle

July 31, 2023 - October 16, 2023

 Only 5,500 certificates will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win 46 cash prizes with the grand prize of a home or cash.