— Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint will celebrate the service and contributions of its dedicated volunteers, donors, and community supporters at the 66th Annual Meeting & Recognition Celebration 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sarvis Conference Center, 1231 E Kearsley St. The theme for the 66th celebration is “Start Something.” Reta Stanley, President/CEO, and Bob Bois, Board of Directors, Chair-Elect, will present the 2009/2010 Community Service and Program Awards.
Following is the list of Program Awards, Community Service Awards and Years of Service Awards.
Program Awards: Jim Mitchell Big Brother of the Year Award — Terence Broussard; Florence Riddell Big Sister of the Year Award — Genny Carley; High School Big Brother of the Year Award — Michael Johnson; High School Big Sister of the Year Award — Carly Moore; Site-Based Big Brother of the Year Award — John Snyder; Site-Based Big Sister of the Year Award — LaShawndra Johnson; and Couple of the Year Award — Ken and Sharon Materia.
Community Service Awards: Above & Beyond Award — Pat Seibert; Challenge Award — Citizens Bank; Friendship Award — Lawrence and Valaria Moon; Joe Ryder Leadership Award — Sylvester Jones, Jr.; Joe Shovels Lifetime Award — Mary Todd; Partnership Award — Genesee Intermediate School District; and Service Award — STAR Program.
Years of Service Awards: 5 Years — Tracy Fournier, Mary Grimes, James Hollingsworth, Renae Hosler, LaVerna King, Qiana Towns and Eddnora White; 10 Years — Henry Bazemore, Kathleen Blue, Andrea Derrick, Cindy Humphrey and Everett Roberts; 20 Years — Dean Knoodle; 25 Years — Roy Smyth; and 35 Years — Jack Anderson and Craig Coney.
The focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint is to provide children, primarily from single parent homes, with the friendship of a positive role model. For 66 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been impacting thousands of children in Genesee County through its mentoring outreach and support. Fundraising and mentor recruitment endeavors ensure the increased capacity of the organization to respond to needs in the community. — Natalie Blythe