Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Thanks to Big Brothers Big Sisters supporters

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers and donors who so graciously gave of their time and resources to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. While the Blaine County office's doors have closed, nearly 40 "matches" remain alive and well in our valley, nurtured and guided by the fabulous Bronwyn Patterson-Nickel.

Next, we would like to offer a giant "Well done!" and thank you to Bronwyn, Heather Colvin and Terry Basolo, the heart and soul of our local Big Brothers Big Sisters branch. Bronwyn's gentle leadership and Heather's commitment are deeply appreciated by all who worked with them. Terry Basolo was a founding member of our committee and an instrumental force, without whom, Big Brothers Big Sisters would never have opened in our valley. Terry's time and determination are exceptional.

With the expertise and dedication of these three, our team was successful in fulfilling the Big Brothers Big Sisters mission to "provide children ... one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever."

Though some may not realize it, the need for mentoring in our valley is wide and deep. Even as our program closed last week, almost 30 children remained on the waiting list for "bigs" and we are sure that many more local children are in need of the positive adult relationships that mentoring provides.

Our gratitude to Bronwyn, Heather, Terry and the many other kind hearts in our community who stepped up to support Big Brothers Big Sisters cannot be sufficiently put into words. Thank you, thank you. Over and over.

Steve England, Teresa Espedal, Emily Koleno, Barbara Sawicz, and Leslie Silva

Members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Committee

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