Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine will hold its mini golf fundraiser Putt 4 Cass from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream & Mini Golf, 170 Silver St., in Waterville. A rain date is set for May 19.

Big Sister Paige Lilly, right, and her “Little Brother” Hunter Stevens, came out to support the program that brought them together two years ago by participating in last year’s “Putt 4 Cass” at Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream & Mini Golf in Waterville. Photo courtesy of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine

The third annual event invites schools, businesses, athletic teams, clubs and organizations to form mini golf teams of four players, choose their preferred hour to golf, register online and raise funds for local BBBS mentoring programs, then join the community on May 18 to Putt 4 Cass. Last year’s event raised almost $20,000 for local programming.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters one-to-one mentoring programs support hundreds of local kids and give high school students the opportunity to make a meaningful difference in a child’s life,” BBBSMM Executive Director Gwendolyn Hudson said, according to a news release from the organization. “This special event and our successful ShineOnCass programs will help remember and honor Cassidy for years to come.”

Putt 4 Cass will include course challenges with hourly prizes, ShineOnCass T-shirts for team fundraising, and Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream.

Presenting sponsors are Golden Pond Wealth Management, Hammond Lumber Company, Smile Solutions of Maine, Waterville Area Women’s Club, G & E Roofing and Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream.

Additional support opportunities are available, including hole sponsorships, volunteers are welcome, and walk-ins will be accepted, as space allows, for a $20 donation.

According to the release, Cassidy Charette was a long-time volunteer for the organization and advocated for a school-based mentoring program at her high school. She wanted to mentor a child each week at the Alfond Youth Center, completed training and was just two weeks shy of meeting her first “Little Sister” when the hayride accident whe was killed in occurred.

To register a team, become a sponsor, volunteer, or for more information, call Mae Slevinsky at 592-4616, email [email protected] or visit

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