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Norman chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma plans tailgate-themed fundraiser

The Big Tailgate, hosted by the Norman chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma, will provide funds for matching at-risk youth with adult mentors.
By Jessica Allison, Staff Writer Published: August 25, 2014

The annual fundraising gala of the Norman chapter of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma will take a more casual approach this year with a tailgate theme.

The Big Tailgate will include samples from various local restaurants, live entertainment and live and silent auctions.

Money raised will go toward pairing at-risk children ages 6 to 18 with a mentor.

Mentors, or “Bigs,” spend at least an hour a week for a year with the child, or “Little,” helping with homework, errands or doing other activities.

“It’s $1,500 to fund a match for a year,” said Mikaela Borecky, area director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Norman.

“We don’t just match our next big with our next little. There’s a process to coordinate their likes and dislikes and pair a good outcome.”

Borecky said the idea for the casual theme came from sponsors who have been involved with the event. The organization is in its ninth year of its “Big Taste” fundraiser, but most have been black-tie events. Sponsors said they desired to see something different and less formal.

“We’re in Norman, what do we like to do?” she asked. “We like to have fun. We like to support our teams.”

Guests are encouraged to represent their favorite team in tailgate-appropriate attire. Individual tickets can be purchased for $75, or a table of eight can be reserved for $600.

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The Big Tailgate

When: 7 p.m. to midnight Sept. 6.

Where: Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center, 2501 Conference Drive.

Cost: $75 per person or $600 for table of eight.

Information: 217-0021, or email


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