This year the Tour de Fun is ecstatic to be hosting 50 "matches" from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern MO (BBBS) for a special VIP experience that includes an exclusive meet & greet with Fredbird, free ice cream from Frosty Treats and more.
Long time Tour de Fun supporter Mark Feldman has been on the Board of BBBS since 2005. Mark and his wife Marilyn have been the “bigs” for a 13 year old child named Larry for the past 7 years. He has taken Larry and his younger brother and cousin to Tour de Fun for a number of years and they have always had an amazing time.
“They absolutely love the rides, inflatables, climbing wall, police vehicles and petting zoo. They didn’t want to leave the trike area and I later realized that it was because their mom did not allow them to ride their bikes outside in their neighborhood due to safety concerns,” Mark told us about previous visits to the event, “Tour de Fun is a very relaxing, fun time with lots of things to do for the kids. Each year, my little loved everything he did there. He participated in the J’s basketball program so he also enjoyed running into some of the staff and trainers when he came back to the J for Tour de Fun.”
Al Snyder, who is a previous Tour de Fun chairperson is also active with BBBS and was recently named “Big Brother of the Year” for 2016. The connections between BBBS and the Tour de Fun make the partnership between the two organizations a perfect “match”. The mission of BBBS is to “build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people” and a day of enjoying the rides, games, food, vehicles and other attractions together at Tour de Fun is the perfect place for the "Bigs" and "Littles" to do just that.