Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrate matches

Mar 22, 2014
Jennifer and her Big Sister, Kristi Severson, take on rock wall together at the Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport during the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program Celebration.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine hosted more than 175 Bigs, Littles and their families at its annual Program Celebrations, held in January and February at the Penobscot Bay YMCA in Rockport and at the Boys & Girls Club and YMCA at the Alfond Youth Center in Waterville.

Matches from Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties enjoyed hours of activities, food and festivities, including swimming, rock wall climbing, basketball, arts and crafts, games and an awards ceremony recognizing distinguished community and school-based matches.

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps kids facing adversity by providing professionally-supported, community and school-based one-to-one mentoring programs throughout its six-county service area. The event brought together Littles and Bigs to celebrate program success, community support and the agency’s 532 youth served this year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is pleased to recognize this year’s award recipients from the Midcoast readership area:

Community-Based Match of the Year awards were presented to Bob Beck and Micah. Honorable mention certificates were presented to: Melanie Langmeyer and Julia.

School-based Match of the Year awards were presented to: Lilly Kassen and Jason of Lincolnville Central School. Honorable Mention certificates were presented to matches at their respective schools: Catherine Moores and Cullin at Warren Community School; Ashton Harvey and Madison atMiller Elementary School in Waldoboro; Brittany Rykty and Austin at Rockland's South School.

Emma Silverton and her Little, Kyle, from Lincolnville Central School, won this year’s Program Celebration Design Contest.

Twenty-two matches were celebrated for reaching anniversary milestones. Community-based matches celebrating seven years — Mary Jane West and Antyna; Bob Beck and Micah; five years — Linda Leonard and Chantelle, Melanie Langmeyer and Julia, Karen Matthews and Kaytlyn.

Littles and their high school Bigs honored for three or more years as school-based matches included: Hannah Olsen and Brittany from Lincolnville Central School; Chris Bresnahan and Logan from Hope Elementary School; Briana Fowles and Hannah from Medomak Middle School in Waldoboro; Meredith Laliberte and Kylie from Waldoboro's Miller Elementary School; Trenton Stewart and Adam from Warren Community School.

To learn more about volunteering, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine at 236-2227, email info@bbbsmidmaine.org, or visit bbbsmidmaine.org.

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