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Posted April 12, 2012
Big Brothers Big Sisters holding community breakfast

CEDAR RAPIDS — Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for the 7th annual Big Magic Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott.

All community members are invited to attend this one-hour inspirational event to learn more about the mentoring program that is currently serving more than 700 children in our community. As a leader in youth mentoring, agency programs focus on long-term, one-to-one mentoring relationships between an adult (Big) and a child (Little). These adult volunteer mentors provide children with positive role models and work with them to develop their personal assets, such as self-confidence and school performance.

Local statistics suggest that our community has more than 9,000 at-risk youths who may benefit from this program. It is with the continued support of the community that Big Brothers Big Sisters continues to grow and serve at-risk children, such as one Little Brother who said, “He (the Big) taught me to know what you want to be and go to college.” 

CBS2 and Fox 28′s Tiffany O’Donnell will emcee the event, introducing President Linda Henecke. Former Little Sister Faith will perform a vocal solo. Audience members also will hear inspirational messages from current Little Brother Marcis and Katheryn Foxx, mother of three former program youths. A video produced by KCRG-TV9 will be featured.

The breakfast is free to all in attendance, but seating is limited. This event is sponsored by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, TrueNorth Companies and United Fire. Through these sponsorships every donation made will go directly to helping children in our community, providing them with positive mentoring relationships.

To attend, RSVP to Big Brothers Big Sisters: (319) 377- 8993 or email heidir@beabigcr.org

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids and East Central Iowa, BeABigCR.org, provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated.

As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”). Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to facilitate the success of children living in our community by encouraging education and school attendance through providing focus in three competency areas:  Connectedness, Attendance, Resources, Extra Curricular (C.A.R.E). Big Brothers Big Sisters has already seen that the Character Building Project is a springboard for greater success for the children served. The Character Building Project is an initiative of Big Brothers Big Sisters to help children grow as individuals through education and exposure to a variety of competency areas.

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