Federated Challenge Donates $400,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN
ST. CLOUD, MN (October 19, 2015) –
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 agencies domiciled in Minnesota, serve approximately 4,000 children annually, with several hundred more waiting to be matched with a caring adult.
Federated Insurance recently presented Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota with $400,000. The support came in the form of two investments; a $375,000 check to support the mentoring program and $25,000 to be used for participant scholarships.
Federated Challenge Scholarships will support qualified “Littles” and high-school aged "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.
The donation comes from funds that were raised this past summer at the Federated Challenge for Kids of Minnesota. This event is sponsored locally by Mark J Traut Wells.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota had several representatives at the Federated Challenge, including Bigs and Littles. Jackie Johnson, the local chapter’s Executive Director, spoke at the event thanking the donors "for planting trees in whose shade they will not sit."
“We are only able to provide our kids with life-changing mentors because of the leadership from Federated Insurance and everyone who contributes to the Federated Challenge for Kids. We extend our deepest appreciation and gratitude to Federated Insurance for this extremely important partnership. The Federated Challenge, led by Jeff and Marty Fetters, who themselves have been a Big Couple in the program, understand the importance and incredible impact 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.