Winter Wonderfest Saturday raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Posted 12/12/19

As Christmas approaches, Rylee Ramsey wanted to once again give back to the community.

The 19-year-old is continuing to recover from a serious horse accident in August.

“The community of …

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Winter Wonderfest Saturday raises money for Big Brothers Big Sisters

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As Christmas approaches, Rylee Ramsey wanted to once again give back to the community.

The 19-year-old is continuing to recover from a serious horse accident in August.

“The community of Powell came together in so many ways to help me and my family, and I feel I can pay my gratitude forward by ‘helping others help others,’” Ramsey said.

To that end, Ramsey is organizing a chili meal and kids carnival called Winter Wonderfest on Saturday to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Heart Mountain Center at the Park County Fairgrounds.

Ramsey first got involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters last year and recently became a mentor through the program.

“This organization is special to me because it’s helping children that may be struggling with family, going through life situations or more on the unprivileged side,” Ramsey said. “But through this group we are able to mentor these kids with positive thoughts, push them in the right direction, help them to be successful not only in school but in life as well.”

The Powell teen said she’s always enjoyed doing community service projects.

“I love seeing the positive effect it can have on the community and the happiness that can be provided,” Ramsey said.

Last year, she organized a benefit called “Bring Joy to the Children” and ended up providing Christmas presents for 71 foster kids, ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years old.

Each bag contained fun gifts as well as personal need items or essentials.

For Ramsey, she especially loves giving back to the community during the Christmas season.

“... Just knowing that some people may be struggling for the holidays, or that children may not get a Christmas because of circumstances, breaks my heart,” she said. “And just knowing that there is a chance for me in making that difference of helping people see hope, see joy and feel happiness during this season, I’m gonna go all in and do whatever I’m capable of.”

Saturday’s Winter Wonderfest is open to all ages, and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be joining the fun.

Ramsey is still accepting donations toward the fundraiser, and is looking for silent auction items. She also welcomes game ideas for the carnival.

“I am hoping to see the community come together for this event and helping it to be a successful evening,” Ramsey said.

Admission cost is $8 for adults, $5 for children and $20 for families, and the fee includes the chili meal as well as the carnival. All proceeds will go toward Big Brothers Big Sisters.

To help with Saturday’s fundraiser or to donate, contact Ramsey at ramseyre@outlook.com.

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