More Butler County children find Big Brother, Big Sister thanks to grant for video

50 new volunteers sign up to serve as mentors to area children.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County now has a professional video that has helped them recruit more than 50 new volunteers thanks to a first-time grant from a local business.

In addition to its video production work, SpotOn Productions has also had a presence in the community through staff members volunteering their time to serve on local non-profit boards and helping with various community events. They began to see that non-profit organizations had pressing needs for communication tools, but rarely had the budget to afford them. This was the inspiration behind the SpotOn Productions Non-profit Video Grant.

“We wanted a new way make a meaningful difference for one local nonprofit, by creating a video that would have a great impact for their organization,” said Ian Murray SpotOn Productions president. “We also knew that the grant had to be of significant value to result in a high-quality professional product.”

SpotOn Productions announced the availability of the grant, and received 32 applications from local non-profit organizations. After a screening process, the SpotOn Productions team selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County as the recipient of the inaugural grant.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product which magnificently told the story of our agency,” said Marvin Torres, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County. “The video was so well done that it was chosen by our National Office to be featured at the 2018 National Conference to agency leaders across the nation.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Butler County has used their new video primarily to attract new volunteers and donors. To date, the video has prompted 130 new volunteer inquiries, which in turn has resulted in the organization signing up more than 50 new volunteers to serve as mentors to area children.

There are 154 local children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister, according to the organization.

SpotOn Productions plans on awarding another Non-profit Video Grant in 2019.

In hopes of drawing more support, Big Brothers Big Sisters will revisit the Prohibition era via a speakeasy-themed gala Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Windamere Event Center in Middletown.

“The Big Event,” celebrating the agency’s 50th anniversary, will include dinner by the bite, specialty drinks, an open bar, a live band and dancing, games of chance, a live auction and raffles. The event is open to the public, but tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $125 each or a table of 10 for $100 per ticket.

A VIP cocktail hour will precede the Big Event and will offer hors d’oeuvres, a whiskey tasting, live music, a cigar rolling demonstration and a free cigar for each guest, a card cheating demonstration, and a special raffle available only to those attending the cocktail hour. Tickets to the VIP cocktail hour are $25 each and can be purchased in conjunction with the Big Event tickets or on their own.

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