Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party Was a Success

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


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio held their annual holiday party on December 9, 2014 at Cedar Creek Church. It was nothing short of heart-warming; all had a fun time and am remarkable amount of volunteers donated their time.

There were more than 300 participants that attended the party and an astonishing 150 volunteers showed up to make sure that everything went as planned. Volunteers helped with everything from serving food and passing out gifts, to making sure that each child had the chance to take a picture with Santa Claus.

“We couldn’t have pulled this party off without our wonderful volunteers. They dedicated their precious time to make sure that the night ran smoothly, and for that we could not be more grateful,” said Johnny Mickler, Sr, President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio.

There was plenty of food, games and crafts, a photo booth and even prize drawings that had everyone on the edge of their seats. Along with taking a special picture with Santa, each child in attendance, those that are currently in one-to-one matched relationships with a mentor and those that are still on the waiting list, went home with a beautifully wrapped gift.

“The children were able to play games and win play money that they could then use to purchase a gift for their sibling, that was a huge hit,” said Mickler, Sr.

The children on the waiting list got to experience a “mentor for the day”, in which they were matched with some of the event sponsors staff in hopes of become on-going mentors.

The major sponsors of the Agency’s Annual Holiday Party was Gilmore Jaison Mahler, the largest locally owned public accounting firm in Northwest Ohio, along with Eastman & Smith who have provided a wide variety of legal services to business and individuals for over 170 years.

The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio is to provide one-to-one mentoring relationships between qualified adults and children in order to help children develop into competent, confident and caring individuals. The agency provides services to more than 650 children annually in several different mentoring programs. It is the agency’s 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 and Lucas County Children Services.


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