If you know me well, you know that I don’t drink wine – but today I’ve got wine on the brain.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland is having an event that ALL the wine drinkers I know – and there are so, so many of you – are going to love! I’m supporting it because it funds mentoring relationships for young girls who may be facing bullying, isolation, poverty, abuse, social anxiety and low self-esteem or other challenges. A healthy, consistent support system like the one provided by a big sister to a matched little sister can change the world, one girl at a time.

I have a personal connection to Big Sisters through two of my cousins who were raised in the program as little sisters. One of them, Danisha, is now the Manager of Fund Development for the Edmonton and area chapter. She attributes the kind of person she is and the positive choices she made in unfavourable circumstances to her mom’s wise decision all those years ago to enroll her daughters in the program. Danisha speaks in public and private circles about the benefits of mentorship from both sides of the equation; her story is backed by research that has found that 96% of adults who had a mentor as a child say they are happy, and 92% of them also claim to feel confident.

Here’s what you need to know about the wine auction and GrapeJuice Event:

GrapeJuice will run from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Thursday, April 26, 2017 at Aston Martin Vancouver and Bentley Vancouver and will feature a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres, silent auction wine items and wine tasting stations. There will be some rare wine finds to bid on while you network with 300 business professionals attending the event – and raise much-needed funds for the program.

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152 girls are currently waiting to be matched with a Big Sister. If you think of the potential of each of those girls, you’ll see the enormity of that number. What if each one of them were given the opportunity to fulfill that potential? What if you could be a part of that?

Grab some friends and some tickets!

If you’d like to sponsor a match between a Big Sister and a Little Sister, you can do that as well. And you can also choose from a selection of wines online that you’d like to donate to the auction table.

There are so many ways to be involved, even if wine isn’t your thing.

I’d love to hear in the comments if you have a personal connection to a Big Sisters program or if you plan to support this event!

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