5th Annual Celebrity Wait Night

Posted Nov 17th, 2014 by Emily Loss  Category: Arts & Entertainment


Join Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio for its 5th Annual Celebrity Wait Night on Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:00pm- 8:00pm, at Forrester’s On The River, 26 Main Street, Toledo, OH 43605. You will enjoy a delicious dinner while listening to inspiring and heart-warming Big Brothers Big Sisters success stories. Television Channel 13 personality, Kristian Brown, will serve as the emcee for the evening.

This exciting fund-raising event helps support more than 350 children who are in one-to-one matched relationships with a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister. It takes about $1000 each year to recruit, make a match and support a matched relationship between a child and qualified mentor. There are still about 150 children on the waiting list for a positive role model to make a difference in their lives.

“This night means a lot to us and the children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. We feel so grateful to get some of the community together for a fun night that will help us continue to be a beneficial force in these children’s lives,” said Johnny Mickler, Sr. President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Some of the Celebrity Waiters include: Raymond Wood, president, UAW Local 14; Jeff Lumpp, BBBS board member and vice president/CFO Fifth Third Bank; Pete Culp, served on several boards (Lucas County Housing Authority, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Lucas County Children’s Services); Michael Freeman, BBBS board member and attorney; Dr. Marie Bush, retired Toledo Public Schools educator and BBBS board member; Brian Byrd, BBBS board member and deputy fire chief of Toledo Fire and Rescue Department; Odessa Rowan, retired educator and former manager of Kent Branch Library; Michael Ashford, state representative, and director of Wayman Palmer YMCA; Yvette Harris, outreach coordinator for Care Source; and Deb Ernsthausen, vice president of client and community relations at PNC Bank.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio: The mission of this organization is to provide one-on-one mentoring relationships between qualified adults and children. Big Brothers Big Sisters strives to help children develop into competent, confident and caring individuals. The agency provides services to more than 600 children annually. It is our vision that every child who needs a mentor gets one. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio is partially funded by United Way of Greater Toledo, The Lucas County Mental Health & Recovery Services Board, Lucas County Workforce Development Agency, Lucas County Children Services, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

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