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Contact: Development Director
Office:  319-377-8993

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Hosting Community Breakfast

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa, Thursday, April 12, 2012 - Join Big Brothers Big Sisters for the 7th annual Big Magic Breakfast on Wednesday, April 25th, 7:30am at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. There’s no better time to help children Dream, Empower and Achieve success!

All community members are invited to attend this one-hour inspirational event to learn more about the mentoring program that is currently serving over 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 there are over 9,000 at-risk youth in our community 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 act as emcee for this event introducing President Linda Henecke. Former Little Sister Faith will perform a vocal solo. Hear inspirational messages from current Little Brother Marcis and Katheryn Foxx, mother of three former program youth. In addition, a video produced by KCRG-TV9 will be featured. 
 

The breakfast is free to all in attendance, however, 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. If you are interested in attending, 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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