SHREWSBURY, Massachusetts —Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest (BBBS) is hosting its annual signature fundraising event, The BIG Celebration, on May 31st, 2014, at 6:00 PM at the Collings Foundation in Stow, MA. This year’s event venue is home to an expansive classic automobile, racecar, military equipment and aviation museum. The collection features a number of planes, including a 1909 Bleriot, 1943 FM-2 Wildcat and 1944 TBM Avenger. The Collings Foundation facilities also hold a vintage automobile and racecar collection featuring rarities such as Michael and Mario Andretti’s Indy racecars and Al Capone’s Cadillac. Attendees at The BIG Celebration will be treated to donated food dishes from more than a dozen local restaurants including 29 Sudbury, Sudbury; Red Raven Gastropub, Acton; River Rock Grill, Maynard; and Sophia’s Ristorante of Hudson. WHDH TV meteorologist, Jeremy Reiner, will host the event, while Greg Hill, host of The Hill-Man Morning Show on WAAF, will serve as the event’s auctioneer. There will be musical entertainment, a silent and live auction, and the special opportunity to tour the museum displays. To attend this event, reserve tickets at www.bbbscm.org. Tickets are $100 for one and $175 for a pair.
Proceeds from the event will help BBBS expand its professionally supported mentoring programs, and reach more children in need of one-on-one attention from responsible and caring volunteers in Metrowest and Central Massachusetts.
“We are excited about the opportunity to host our annual fundraiser at the Collings Foundation,” said Jeffrey Chin, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Mass/Metrowest. “In our campaign to identify volunteers and financial resources this year, we are asking residents of the 40 cities and towns we serve to ‘Help Kids Soar’. With this slogan, it is fitting that our annual BIG Celebration would be held in one of the country’s finest aviation museums. We are grateful to the Collings family and the many restaurants, musicians, auction donors and committee members, who have volunteered their time and donated so much in order to make this event successful.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest
Big Brothers Big Sisters believes that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and to thrive – especially when provided with support and guidance of a caring adult. Through the support of trained volunteer adult mentors, the agency helps teach the children life skills, support their education, and expand their horizons. Our mentoring programs are proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol, and breaking negative cycles. With offices located in Worcester and Framingham, Massachusetts, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves over 1,100 children in 40 Central Massachusetts and Metrowest communities. Learn how you can help transform the lives of children in our communities by visiting www.bbbscm.org.
About The Collings Foundation
The Collings Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit educational foundation located in Stow, Massachusetts. Founded in 1979 by Robert F. Collings and Caroline Collings, the Foundation’s purpose is to organize and support living history events and historical displays designed to engage Americans in our history and heritage through direct participation.
The Collings Foundation is headquartered on a private airfield in Stow, which includes a museum that opens for special events and pre-scheduled tour groups. The organization also has satellite operations in Houston, Texas at Ellington Field, where a collection of Korean War and Vietnam War jet aircraft and helicopters are housed. The Collings Foundation operates two touring collections of historic military aircraft: The Wings of Freedom Tour and The Vietnam Memorial Flight. As of early 2014, the Collings Foundation has broken ground on a new state-of-the-art 64,000 square foot facility. The complex will hold the Jacques Littlefield Military Vehicle Technology Collection. This is one of the largest privately held collections of tanks and military equipment. Completion of the facility is expected in early 2015.