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Posted May 3, 2012
Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Magic Breakfast results

CEDAR RAPIDS — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cedar Rapids & East Central Iowa is pleased to announce results from the April 25, 2012, Big Magic Breakfast at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Community members came together to help children Dream, Empower and Achieve succes.

The purpose of this breakfast was to educate and inspire community members about the positive impact youth mentoring makes for area youths and the whole community.

“Our community has stepped forward in significant ways to ensure that all children achieve success in life,” shares Linda Henecke, president and CEO.  “Over 300 guests attended to learn about the needs children face.  Many provided valuable donations, resulting in $140,000 of support for youth mentoring.  We’re thankful to each person who is sharing their time, talent and treasures to help children.” 

More than 70 individuals and companies are members of the Big Magic Society, committing $1,000 or more per year for five years to support youth mentoring. President Linda Henecke; Marcis, a current Little Brother and high school freshman; Katheryn Foxx, parent to three youths matched in the program; and Bob Haag, member of the Board of Directors, spoke passionately about the value of youth mentoring.  In addition, a video produced by KCRG-TV9 was featured.  CBS2 and Fox 28′s Tiffany O’Donnell emceed the event, advocating for the need to be involved in the community.

This event was sponsored by Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, TrueNorth Companies and United Fire Group.  To learn more about the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters, call (319) 377-8993.

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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