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Two Nights of Live Music to Support Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Come out and support Big Brothers Big Sisters at
SCENE & REHEARD 2014!
The Dry Dock in Harvey on Friday, July 25th from 9pm-1am
Fast Eddie's Blues Trust
All Star Jam
The Ore Dock in Marquette on Saturday, July 26th from 8pm-12am
Wrecking Ball (Featuring members of Blind Ambition, Queen City Rockers, & The Crunge)
**Suggested $5 Donation at the door**
Go BIG for Kids
Big Brothers Big Sisters would like to give a BIG thank you to everyone who participated, donated, volunteered, and sponsored our 32nd Annual Go BIG for Kids 10K & 2 mile! Because of you, we're able to continue to match local kids with a positive, caring adult.
We hope to see you next year!
Burt & Brandon
Matched since May 2009
Burt and Brandon were matched in May of 2009. Burt and his son Scott had volunteered their boats for the Big Brothers Big Sister’s fishing tournament the previous year, and had such a good time they decided to become Big Brothers themselves. Brandon’s mom Susan was looking for someone to make a long term commitment to her son.
When she was told about Burt she thought it was the ideal situation. On their first outing, Burt took Brandon out fishing on the boat, and Brandon was hooked on fishing ever since. Burt also brings Brandon hunting every year, where he gets to hunt with another Big Brother/Little Brother match. While they do many other things, fishing and hunting continues to be their favorite pastime.
Susie is grateful for the time that Burt has spent with Brandon saying, “this is more than I expected, and never dreamed that it would be this good. These are probably some the best people in the world”. Burt, along with the South Shore fishing group continue to put on an annual fishing tournament for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In 2009, Brandon took first place with a 26 pound fish.
They also give back to the community by doing the beach clean up almost every year. Burt goes down to Florida every winter now, but continues to keep in contact with Brandon while he is gone. When he returns in the Spring, just in time for the ice to melt, they pick right back up where they left off, and hit the lakes for more fishing. Brandon’s grandma commented, “Burt is the best thing that has ever happened to Brandon, they really needed a strong male role model for the family and they got it.”
Congratulations to Burt and Brandon on being matched for 5 years!
Dog Sledding Adventure at Snowy Plains