Sunday, March 5, 2023
Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters honors an outstanding Big Brother/Little Brother and Big Sister/Little Sister. The nominees are the perfect illustration on how the mentoring relationship helps Littles achieve their biggest possible futures and makes a long-lasting impact on the Big too. Celebrate with our agency and learn first-hand from our matches how our volunteer Bigs positively impact their Littles' lives and defend the potential of youth in our community.
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Our 2022 Winners!
Big Brother of the Year: Sam Kerce, pictured with Little Brother River
Big Sister of the Year: Katie Butoft, pictured with Little Sister Dashia
Sam and River
Sam and River have been matched together for the past eight years! Throughout the years, Sam has been there for River in good times or bad, struggling or thriving. Whenever River has a breakdown, Sam talks him through it and lets him know he can reach out anytime. Recently, Sam got married and River was one of his groomsmen! He was included in all the wedding activities including stealing a dance with the bride!). River's guardian Jennifer says, "Sam demonstrates the strength of character it takes year after year to mentor young men. He has never once backed away from a challenge for River in anyway. He always steps forward." River says that Sam should be Big of the year "because he represents everything that a Big Brother should be. He should be the face of Big Brothers Big Sisters. We have been together for 8 plus years now."
Katie and Dashia
Katie and Dashia were matched in 2019 and have been together for over two years now! Katie is very understanding with Dashia which has allowed Dashia is to open up and become very comfortable. Katie truly cares about Dashia and her whole family and goes above and beyond with everything she does. Dashia believes Katie should be Big of the Year "because she's a very sweet person and she deserves to be nominated." When Dashia thinks of a special moment with Katie, "It's hard to pick just one! But I like to go out to eat and have somebody to talk too. My favorite place to go with her is Lofty Pursuit. Katie is very understanding and a very good listener. She's just like having a big sister. :)"