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BIG Amazing Race ready to roll

Fundraiser modeled after TV show planned July 26 in downtown Joliet

JOLIET, Ill. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties is hosting its 2nd annual BIG Amazing Race fundraiser on Friday, July 26, starting at Silver Cross Field, home of the Joliet Slammers, at 6 p.m.

Last year’s inaugural fundraiser raised over $24,000, and gathered the attention of downtown Joliet patrons. All proceeds directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties.

The event is modeled after the CBS hit television show, The Amazing Race. 

Teams of four will compete in 10 physical and mental challenges throughout downtown Joliet. After completing each challenge, the teams are given a clue, directing them to their next challenge site. The teams must complete all 10 challenges in less than two hours.

Winners are crowned at the end of the race. Prizes are awarded for the highest fundraising team, as well as the first team to cross the finish time, and the group with the best uniform.

The event is presented by D’Arcy Motors, thanks to the generosity of Terry D’Arcy. Other generous sponsors include Exelon Nuclear Braidwood Station and ServPro. The Joliet Slammers are serving as a host sponsor.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities ranging from $1,000-$3,000 are still available.

Participant registration must be completed by July 25 at or by calling (815) 723-BBBS.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters is part of a network of 370 local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country. Big Brothers Big Sisters, a United Way partner agency, operates under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families, or households where a parent is incarcerated.

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. To find out more information, visit or call (815) 723-BBBS.

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