Biking Big for Littles raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

September 11, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS
  • Motorcyle riders leave the Municipal Stadium parking lot for the start of the Biking Big for Littles Motorcycle Ride and Raffle to benefit the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.
Kelly Hahn Johnson, Staff Photographer

Winding down rural Washington County roads in a pack of about 75 motorcyclists Saturday afternoon, Biking Big for Littles participant Michelle Stouffer of Williamsport knew firsthand the good cause she was helping to support.

That's because when Stouffer heard that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County was planning a motorcycle ride and raffle, she signed up not only to help lead the event, but to become a "big sister," or a volunteer mentor to a child in the community.

"We've met twice so far," Stouffer said of her "little," a Hagerstown girl who she took swimming and to a park.

Big Brothers Big Sisters arranges such partnerships between children, often from single-parent families, and carefully screened adult mentors who agree to spend at least a few hours each week with their "littles."

Saturday's fundraiser was intended to spread the word about Big Brothers Big Sisters and to raise money to expand its community and school-based mentoring programs, in which more than 40 children currently are awaiting mentors, said Phil Bennett, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County.


The organization's primary fundraiser is its Bowl for Kids' Sake event each spring, but board member Byron Byrd suggested adding a motorcycle ride and raffle this year to raise additional funds, said Ralph Mauriello, president of the Big Brothers Big Sisters board.

The event was co-sponsored by the Hagerstown Suns and ended with an afternoon of live music and food at Municipal Stadium.

In addition to selling about 75 $20 tickets to participate in the ride, organizers sold more than 900 $20 raffle tickets to win a 2010 Ultra Limited Harley-Davidson motorcycle, Mauriello said.

"For a first-time event, I think this has turned out very well," he said.

For more information about volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Washington County, call 301-739-4711 or go to

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