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Big Day at the Lake will relaunch next year

May 12. A summer tradition known as Big Day at the Lake will resume next year after a COVID-19 hiatus this summer. The event, which matches kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters with Boat Hosts in Lake Norman, has brought people together from all walks of life on the third Saturday in July for 15 years.

The event was an early adapter around the internet and social media. Over the years, Boat Hosts have taken literally thousands of kids who are at risk out on Lake Norman for a full day of fun. BDATL culminates every year in a picnic for 600-700 at Duke Energy Explorium.

“An amazing variety of partners, volunteers and Boat Hosts, as well as staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters, made the event work,” said Dave Yochum, the founder. “Big thanks are due to the countless people who have supported the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters through Big Day at the Lake for so many years. I hope to see everyone again when life gets back to normal.” 

In addition to hundreds of Littles, hundreds of Bigs and hundreds of Boat Hosts who participate, police, fire departments, elected officials and Duke Energy provide support each year.

Literally millions of dollars have been raised as well. The goal this year was $125,000, Big Day at the Lake is at $100,000.

Giving is down, understandably so.

If you are able, send a check made out to BBBS Central Carolinas, to Big Day at the Lake, 19825 N. Cove Road, Cornelius 28031.

All funds raised go to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.