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Big Brothers Big Sisters Tees Off for Youth Mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters had a perfect day to host its 19th Annual Golf for Kids’ Sake Event on Friday, July 25, 2014 at the Mercer County Elks Golf Course. There were over 80 golfers that participated in the event. This was all made possible with help of several sponsors including the event sponsor Katterhenry Investment Group. The event was also largely sponsored by Thieman Tailgates, The Marsh Foundation, Kohl’s Cares, Jim Christman – Realtor for Coldwell Banker Plus One, TruPointe, and Schwieterman Custom Body Shop. Not only did the golfers have a great time by they also helped to raise over $8,000 for the organization.

“This has been our best Golf for Kids’ Sake event in years. We had more golfers, teams, sponsors, and volunteers to help us reach our goal!” stated Executive Director, Abby Balster. “We would like to congratulate our 1st Place Winners – Thieman Tailgates, Kohl’s Cares, and a team of ladies – Pam Vossler, Holly Makley, Amy Burke, and Deb Hemmert.”

Several companies sponsored teams, holes, carts, or made in-kind donations. In addition, the golfers had a chance to win $10,000, thanks to Grand Lake Eye Care for sponsoring all our Hole-in-One Prizes again this year. Proceeds supported the numerous youth mentoring programs offered to children facing adversity in Mercer, Auglaize, and Van Wert Counties.

For more information about how you can help Big Brothers Big Sisters by phone at 419-394-2990 or e-mail at We are always looking for volunteers to mentor the 30 youth on our waiting list. Keep your eye for our next fundraising event: Dancing with the Big Stars, coming to the Overdrive on November, 15, 2014.

A True Veterans Day Story

Carlos LejFollowing a series of meetings at the Big Brothers Big Sisters national office in Dallas, Carlos Lejnieks, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Essex, Hudson & Union Counties, was headed back to Newark, N.J. this Veterans Day weekend. Carlos and his fellow passengers were travelling in unique company.

A flight attendant announced that among the passengers on the flight sat five soldiers en route home following a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. They were returning to their families and loved ones. Read more →

Newly Elected Mayor of Charlotte Owes Success to Mentor

blog-article-mayor-of-charlotteDuring the mayoral election in Charlotte, NC, Patrick Cannon spoke of his identity, campaigning on his personal story, to show his deep connection to the city of Charlotte. Cannon’s story lends credence to the belief that people from all backgrounds can rise to high levels in society; even mayor. Read more →