January is National Mentoring Month
Celebrate National Mentoring Month by:
* Becoming a mentor in Dickinson *
* Learning more about mentoring and Best Friends *
* Partnering with Best Friends *
*Join "I Am a Mentor" day on January 8th and share your experience as a mentor *
* Remembering who mentored you *
* Thanking your mentor. Thank Your Mentor Day is January 15th *
* Serve your community on MLK Day of Service, January 19th, by looking into mentoring opportunities in Dickinson *
* Making a donation to Best Friends *
Santa Photos at Prairie Hills Mall
Santa heard the wishes of more than 1,200 children during the 2014 Christmas season, beginning November 22, 2014. Santa was located at the Prairie Hills Mall.
Santa was brought to you this year by WESTWIND CONSULTING CENTER. THE FISHER GROUP sponsored photo certificates for youth enrolled in the Best Friends Mentoring Program and THE FISHER GROUP & BAUER PROPERTY MANAGEMENT sponsored photos for youth in foster care in Stark County.
Thanks to 57 volunteers to contributed 236 volunteer hours to make Santa's visits a success! A total of 770 photos were produced this year.
White Drug donated funds from each photo taken to the Best Friends Mentoring Program.
Easter Bunny Pictures at Prairie Hills Mall
Easter Bunny pictures were held at the Prairie Hills Mall on Saturdays, April 12th and 19th, 2014. The Best Friends Mentoring Program also held a Spring Bake Sale during Bunny Photos.
Over the two days, Easter Bunny Photos and the Spring Bake Sale raised enough funds to mentor 4 at-risk youth in southwest North Dakota!
This was the 12th year where Best Friends and Prairie Hills Mall have joined together to bring the Easter Bunny to Dickinson.
During 2014, over 20 volunteers helped with Easter Bunny Photos and the Spring Bake Sale, totaling over 75 hours of time volunteered.
A Chocolate Affair
The 5th annual A Chocolate Affair to benefit the Best Friends Mentoring Program was held on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014. The event was held at the Biesiot Activities Center, with the doors opening at 7 pm.
Best Friends, Reichert Armstrong, and the Armstrong Corporation were joined by many guests at Dickinson's premier wine and chiocolate tsting event. Guest enjoyed chocolate treats from 8 chefs, while tasting over twenty varieties of wines.
A Chocolate Affair also featured a Mystery Wine Pull, with over 80 different wines, a Chocolate Diamond necklace raffle drawing, gift basket drawings, and People's Choice Awards.
The 5th annual A Chocolate Affair raised enough funds for 28 at-risk youth to receive mentors in southwest North Dakota in the coming year!
2014's People's Choice winner was Kodi Polensky of the BrickHouse Grille, who wowed guests with her Chocolate Caramel Pistachio Bar. Melissa Bjerken came in a close second, with her Double Layer Chocolate Mint Cheesecake. Third Place was awarded to Hawks Points' Lindsay Perout for her delicious Chocolate and Dates.
Participating chefs were:
Melissa Bjerken Double Layer Chocolate Mint Cheesecake
Brandi's Candies and Cakes Gourmet Cupcakes
Homemade European Desserts Calla Lily
The BrickHouse Grille Chocolate Caramel Pistachio Bar
Hawks Point Chocolates and Dates
Janeen Nichols Choco-Lico-Baco-Bites
Creative Cakes Gourmet Cupcakes
Target Logistics Dark Chocolate Cake Pops