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Katie Lianez

Public Relations Officer




Big Brothers Big Sisters Recognizes Matches at Annual Luncheon

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec.1 2012- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio recently honored the three matches of the year at their annual luncheon.

Matches were honored in three categories, community based, school based, and dual. The dual match started in the school based program and later became a community based match.

The community based match honored was John Hawley and his little Jeremy. Christie Thompson and her little Tolly were honored in the school based program, and Sharyn Rigsbee and her little, Brandy were recognized as the dual match of the year.

In addition the recognizing these honorees, two Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni spoke at the luncheon. Mayra Flores, a member of the inaugural school based program, Project Mentor, talked about her experiences in the program. Flores, who has just started her first year of college, is a nice example of a BBBS success story.

The second speaker, a “little” now in his forties, was David Sturgill. “It was a neat touch, David was actually John’s [Hawley] little when he was in school,” said Mary Palkowski, marketing director with BBBS.

To end the luncheon, CEO Ed Cohn gave an overview of the years successes and finally thanked the matches for another year of hard work.

Next on the organizations agenda is their biggest fundraiser of the year, Bowl for Kids’ Sake. The 2013 event will be held in March at the Columbus Square Bowling Palace. Everyone is welcome to organize a team and join in on the fun.



Big Brothers Big Sisters is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of promising, underprivileged children by encouraging friendships between children and adult volunteers. Volunteers can participate in school based programs such as Project Mentor or the traditional community based programs. If you are interested in volunteering there is always program to fit your time schedule.


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