Local Events

The First Annual Big Blast

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast host the First Annual Big Blast Outdoor Recreation Festival on Saturday, April 17, 2010, in Lakewood Ranch Park from 10:00AM-5:00PM. Admission is FREE and parking is only $5.00 per car. The proceeds from the event will benefit the one-to-one mentoring programs of Manatee County.

The Big Blast is designed to provide interactive family-friendly activities including: a miniature golf course; health and safety seminars; agricultural activities; local high school jazz bands in conjunction with the Manatee Jazz Festival; entertainment; great food; children’s games and inflatables; aviation displays, GWIZ Museum activities; MOSAIC specialty exhibits; arts and crafts show including Village of the Arts artists; multiple sports teams, ReMax Alliance Group will provide tethered hot air balloon rides, (weather permitting), fitness clinics and golf clinics; with so much more to come!

The Sponsors for the event are: Lakewood Ranch Rotary; Lakewood Ranch Medical Center; The MOSAIC Company; Tyler Technologies; LECOM; Publix Super Market Charities; Lakewood Ranch Community Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation; Comcast; Bright House; Raymond James & Associates; Twenty Minutes To Fitness; Community Activities of Lakewood Ranch; Lowe’s; Dolphin Aviation, Sarah Schweiger Creative Design Services; Marriage Works; Gold Coast Eagle; SMR; METV; Manatee Players; Village of the Arts; Creative Arts Association; Manatee County Parks & Recreation; Creative Percussions; Clear Channel Radio Stations-PSA’s; Leisure Products; Pro Hydro-X Tour; Manatee County Sheriff Explorers; Iberia Bank; South Florida Museum; Re/Max Alliance Group, and Local area High Schools.

For more information on the event, contact Stephanie Glaser, Events Coordinator at 941-488-4009, sglaser@bbbssun.org or visit www.bbbssun.org

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast:Founded in 1968, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast provides one-to-one mentoring to children throughout the Gulf Coast of Florida in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto, Highlands, Hardee and parts of West Charlotte Counties. The organization provides services to more than 1,700 children each year. For more information please visit: www.bbbssun.org