More than 200 people came out to Putt 4 Cass May 19 supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine in honor of Cassidy Charette. The event, held at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream & Mini Golf in Waterville, raised more than $18,500 for the agency’s local school-based youth mentoring programs, according to a news release from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine.

Charette, a volunteer who advocated for a school-based program at Messalonskee High School, was two weeks shy of meeting her first “Little Sister” when she was killed in a hayride accident Oct. 11, 2014. In her honor, the organization created three new school-based mentoring programs. Two of those programs pair Messalonskee High School students (Bigs) with youth facing adversity (Littles) at Atwood Primary and Williams Elementary schools in Oakland. A third program takes place at the Boys/Girls Club and YMCA at Alfond Youth Center in Waterville, where children in the after-school-care program meet one on one with “Bigs” from Messalonskee, Winslow, Waterville and Lawrence high schools.

More than 50 school and athletic teams, service groups and businesses formed mini golf teams and collected pledges in support of BBBS of Mid-Maine as part of “Putt 4 Cass.” The highest individual fundraiser of the event was Colby Charette, Cassidy’s brother, who raised $1,945.

Putt 4 Cass was sponsored by Golden Pond Wealth Management, Hammond Lumber, Smile Solutions of Maine, Waterville Area Women’s Club, G & E Roofing and Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream with support from 20 sponsoring businesses.

For more information about the programs, call 236-2227, email [email protected] or visit bbbsmidmaine.org.

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