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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County held their annual Mentor Appreciation Breakfast and Awards Ceremony January 28th at First United Methodist Church as they begin their 5oth year of service to Jackson County.  This event is held during National Mentoring Month as a celebration of the investment of the community in the young people they serve.

Hosted by Tony Hollow, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County, awards were presented to mentors, volunteers and donors; many of whom brought their little brothers and sisters. 

In celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of BBBS of Jackson County, Carolyn Bloodworth of Consumers Energy Foundation presented a $50,000 check.

 “As Consumers Energy celebrates our 130th anniversary of calling Jackson our home, we are pleased to make this donation to an incredible community asset and we applaud your work in creating relationships that change lives for the better.” Bloodworth said.

Following a keynote address by John Willis, Neighborhood Outreach Coordinator for the City of Jackson, staff and board members distributed the awards:

Community-Based Big of the Year:  Olivia Outhwaite

Site-Based Big of the Year:  Lydia Perry

Jr. Advisor Awards:  Moriah Bristow, Kamryn Barrett, Molly Nutt

Site-Based Big Brother of the Year:  Conner Pelham

Jr. Advisor Award:  Mason McClougham, Brett Haynes

New Big Sister of the Year Community-Based:  Lori Frewen

New Big Brother of the Year Community-Based:  Joshua Guy

New Big Sister of the Year Site-Based:  Pam Maynard

New Big Brother of the Year Site-Based:  Jordan Lawe

Mac Gwinn Consumers-Retiree Service Award:  Kathy Alexander & Jack Decker

Media Advocate of the Year:  JTV, Karen & Bart Hawley

Marketing Contributor of the Year:  Tripp’s Auto Shop & Collision Center, Phil Tripp

Contributing Organization of the Year:  First United Methodist Church, Judy Licking

Community Supporter of the Year:  Cheryl Enger & Byron Crary

Educator of the Year:  Matt Desmarais, Michigan Center High School

Educational Partner of the Year:  Northeast Elementary, Jackson Public Schools

Dave Mulholland Social Media Communicator Award:  Gary Swartzlander

Volunteer of the Year:  Lynn Kenworthy

Event Supporter of the Year:  Faruk Pilav

All Event Friend/Fundraiser:  Sheets Family Dentistry, Dr. John Sheets

Activities Supporter of the Year:  Rhonda Rudolph

Foundation of the Year Award:  Consumers Energy Foundation, Carolyn Bloodworth

Big Sister of the Year (Community-Based):  Dawn Gehlbach

Big Brother of the Year (Community-Based):  Arthur Turner

Big Brother of the Year (Site-Based):  Will Johnson

Big Sister of the Year (Site-Based):  Sherry Kail




The next major event for the organization is Bowl for Kids’ Sake, March 10th at Airport Lanes.  Openings remain for teams which consist of five bowlers.  Volunteers are also appreciated.  To sign up, call 517-784-7181 or visit bbbsjackson.org.

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