The Tennessee Titans organization and LP hosted a VIP evening of rare fan experiences recently on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters, raising $76,000 for the local mentoring organization.
The evening included a VIP locker room tour, including photo opportunities and autographs with Titans players Jake Locker, Jason McCourty, Colin McCarthy, Delanie Walker, Marc Mariani, Derrick Morgan, and Kamerlon Wimbley; fun souvenir photo opportunities on the field including the player Helmet Tunnel, sideline passes and Titantron photos; a full catered dinner; fabulous silent auction; and a Question and Answer session with Titans Head Coach Mike Munchak and General Manager Ruston Webster hosted by Mike Keith, the ‘Voice of the Titans.’ LP Building Products served as host sponsor, allowing all proceeds of ticket purchases and auction bids to directly fund Big Brothers Big Sisters.
“We are so grateful that the Titans and LP have given us this opportunity to raise additional funds to support our mentoring programs,” said Mary E. Walker, interim CEO for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. “We are honored that the Titans recognize the critical nature of one-to-one mentoring for those at risk children in Middle Tennessee.”
Ralph Ockenfels, vice president of marketing for the Tennessee Titans, said the Titans were “thrilled with the great turnout for the charity event” because of the “powerful benefit that mentoring programs can bring to kids in the area.”
“I’m just delighted that LP can be involved in this and see the support in the community for a great organization like Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said Rick Olszewski, executive vice president of sales and marketing for LP. “It’s just awesome to see all the people here that are supporting this and see this event grow. The community outreach and generosity of the Titans is quite humbling.”
It costs approximately $1,000 to serve a child in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program for one year. Funding is used to conduct background checks on volunteers to ensure child safety, and provide ongoing support for children, families and volunteers to build and sustain long-lasting relationships.
For more information, visit www.mentorakid.org or call Big Brothers Big Sisters at (615) 329-9191.