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.


June 24, 2021 at 7:00pm

This year instead of bowling our plan was to throw axes at our Raise an Axe for Kids’ Sake fundraiser. Due to Covid-19 we have made the decided to change up the event once more in order to follow all restrictions and to best protect our fundraisers, sponsors, partners, and staff. This year we will have Trivia for Kids' Sake!


September 11, 2021

Our Big Impact Bash 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. We will have stories, segments, and more that will leave you feelings inspired to make a difference.

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



Cash Raffle

January 4. 2021 - March 25, 2021

Enter to win the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois 2nd Annual $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. Be sure to purchase your ticket in time to be entered into the early bird drawing on February 11th, 2021 for a chance to win $1,000. The grand prize drawing will be held on March 25th, 2021 on Facebook Live at 12pm.

House Raffle

June 1, 2021 - August 26, 2021

This June kicks off of the 27th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwestern Illinois House Raffle. Only 3,900 certificates will be sold at $100 each for a chance to win 46 cash prizes with the grand prize of a home or cash.