Nine years ago, I couldn't have imagined that Big Hearts for Big Kids would raise over 1.9 million dollars for our local GPYESS - Sunrise House. But after watching the generosity of the Grande Prairie community over the past nine years, witnessing the spirit in the room for this event, a crazy number like that seemed truly possible. Thank you to every soul who has been a part of this from the beginning; every volunteer, committee member, sponsor, auction bidder, artist, and anyone who has attended and participated. You are the reason this event continues to change lives of the youth in our community, and keep the doors open to a shelter where they can find the love, support, and encouragement they need.

We look forward to celebrating our 10th anniversary with you!



At 15 years old, Tenille started the first ever Big Hearts For Big Kids in 2010, after hearing about the number of kids her age, in her hometown, who were turning to the local youth shelter, The Sunrise House.

The day of the first event, the shelter director came to Tenille in tears, explaining that the shelter had to be shut down due to lack of funding. But the event continued, and that evening, raised over $30,000 and a momentum of community spirit that has made it possible for Big Hearts For Big Kids to substantially grow.

A year and a half after the first event in 2010, the Sunrise House was fully renovated, re-staffed, and re-opened, available for the youth in need in northern Alberta.

Since re-opening, The Sunrise House has served over 6000 bed nights.

In 9 years of Big Hearts For Big Kids, thanks to every volunteer, committee member, sponsor, artist, and community member who believed in and attended the event, we have raised over $1,900,000 for the Grande Prairie Youth Emergency Shelter Society.

History of years:
2010 - Over $30,000
2011 - Over $60,000
2012 - Over $104,000
2013 - Over $160,000
2014 - Over $195,000
2015 - Over $225,000
2016 - Over $225,000
2017 - Over $265,000
2018 - Over $240,000
2019 - Over $415,000


Tenille Townes is “poised for a breakthrough” (Refinery29). On top of an ever growing list of accolades that includes Amazon Music’s “2019 Artists To Watch,” The Bobby Bones Show’s “Class of 2019,” CMT’s “Next Women of Country," CMT's “Listen Up," iHeart Radio’s “Artists To Watch in 2019” and the inaugural class of “Opry NextStage,” Townes is joining Dierks Bentley on his extensive “Burning Man Tour” in 2019. Additionally, Rolling Stone named her Living Room Worktapes EP one of the “10 Best Country EPs of 2018” heralding, “Tenille Townes makes a strong case for being country’s most promising young songwriter with this devastating EP.” Her first official single, “Somebody’s Daughter,” impacted at Country radio last fall with her forthcoming full - length debut album—produced by Jay Joyce - set for release in 2019 on Columbia Nashville.


We’re so grateful to our incredible sponsors for all they do to make a difference in our community with their support of this event. We can't wait for our 10th anniversary event on September 14, 2019.

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Photos by: Suzanne Sagmeister Photography