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Big of the Year 2017 Announced
Mentors celebrate at this special Annual BIG Appreciation Social for January Mentor Month 

Charlotte -- January 19 2017 -- It was an inspiring night for January National Mentor Month, as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the national leader in mentoring, celebrated with many of its mentors here in the Charlotte community.  At Suite in the Epicenter, mentors mingled with each other and their Big Brothers Big Sisters liaisons to catch up on the lives of themselves and their "Littles" (mentees).

It was a great opportunity to honor and recognize the role of “Bigs” – what it means to be a mentor and the impact mentors feel they have had.  “Our mentors are the heart of Big Brothers Big Sisters.   Each of them not only impacts a child’s life today, but helps transform their potential for tomorrow,” shares  Donna Dunlap, CEO.

One mentor, Jonathan, described his experience this way "I meet with my Little every week.  He is in his teen years now, and I can tell he needs me.  I can see that I have shifted his path a little, and I am excited to see where he goes from here."

Seven nominees were recognized and one particular mentor was presented as Mentor of the Year for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.  

 "You may not know it today, but that Little (mentee) will help break the cycle of poverty in their home environment" said Donna Dunlap, CEO, in her remarks to the group.  

Winner this year was Tyrell Brown, nominated by his Little Jaden. Mom is a working mother taking care of her family, and seeking a strong male role model for Tyrell.  Tyrell is always only a phone call away, and has focused on the value of education and humility. Big Brother Tyrell is very intentional about the outings he and Little Brother Jaden do together. They have consistently spent their past five years volunteering and giving back to the community together.

As a surprise to winning Mentor Tyrell, Jaden's mom spoke.  "You will forever be in our lives.  There is an unbreakable bond with all of us.  We love you."

 Joseph Butler, Senior Director Community Engagement, closed out "Thank you all.  Because of you, we have served children in this community for 45 years.  Because of you, we served over 1500 children this past year.  Because of you, we will be realizing a dream of expanding to serve South Carolina in 2017."


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