September 23, 2016
IMA Brookwood Golf and
6045 Davison Rd., Burton,
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Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates its 72nd annual Meeting and Recognition Celebration.The annual meeting will honor the volunteers,
supporters and donors that have helped the institution and report on how the
agency has assumed greater responsibility and undertaken major
initiatives to change the lives of youth, for the better, forever. The event will include volunteer recognition, a celebrity speaker, live entertainment and Hors D’oeuvres.
Big Brothers Big Sisters has served the
Genesee County community since 1944 and provided a no-cost peer mentoring
program to thousands of youth and families facing adversity. With a focus on
academic excellence, the agency has been able to help shape the lives of the
youth in the Genesee County community. Big Brothers Big Sisters has, through
the Big and Little mentoring programs, uplifted the community and provided the
youth an opportunity to boost self-esteem and confidence while building mentor
relationships and friendships that can last a lifetime.
Congratulations to all our 2016 Award Winners!
5 Years of Service: Kenneth Bransford, Connie Bloxsom, Mary Woods, Shelley Hufton, Luke Watson, David Bennett, Kyle McCree, Karen Lopez, Matika Fisher, Eric Little, Meg Prieur, Linda Ellis, Helena Hunt, Ilse Hayes
10 Years of Service: James Hollingsworth, Becky Ford, Sidney & Constance Roman, Cindy Fazio, Sharon Materia, Amy Morse
15 Years of Service: Kurt Dunckel
40 Years of Service: Mary Todd
Jim Mitchell Big Brother of the Year: Lawrence Townsel
Florence Riddell Big Sister of the Year: Cindy Fazio
High School Big of the Year: Lauryn Leflore
Site Based Big of the Year: Bradley Darling
Celia Turner-Above and Beyond Award: Delta Sigma Theta Inc.
Start Something Award: Flint & Genesee Literacy Network
For Kids Sake Award: H&R Block
Joe Ryder Leadership Award: Joseph D. Klobucher (In Honor of "Big John" Klobuchar)
Joe Shovels Lifetime Achievement Award: Robert Edgar
Michigan Big Brother of the Year: Raul Garcia
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: O'Reilly Auto Parts
I can’t think of anything more important than being a Big Brother by providing a positive and safe influence in the growth of a child’s life. Some may say I am bias because I am a volunteer for the agency. I have several unselfish good reasons. The kids. I have been a Big Brother for 25 years and I have seen the positive impact this agency has on the kids in our community. Furthermore, I have experienced many priceless moments with several Little Brothers I have been matched with over the years. I almost melt like butter every time a Little Brother runs to me with a smile from ear to ear because he is so excited to see me; or I arrive to pick him up and he is waiting for me outside. Wouldn’t you feel the same way too? I could write a book on how much fun and exciting times we have had. We have gone to sporting events, Lions training camps, amusement parks, museums, plays, school events, bowling, etc. etc. etc. One thing I have learned from being a Big Brother is sure kids want to do the things I just mentioned and may not experience otherwise. More importantly, all kids want is somebody to take the time to do things with them and know that someone other than a family member cares about them. Sometimes helping them with their homework, watch them play baseball or just talking and listening makes a difference. These invaluable moments would not take place without the guidance of Big Brothers and Big Sisters. Even though they match kids with mentors on a regular basis, this agency needs more community and financial support for the 100’s of kids who are not matched. One wish I have is every child’s life is filled with happiness and kindness void of loneliness and danger. Wouldn’t the world be a better place?