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October 28, 2016 - Great Lakes Bay Region- Holly Miller has been named the next Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Currently the Vice President of Communications and Community Impact for United Way of Midland County, Holly will officially assume this new role on November 7, 2016.

“Holly’s experience and talents are a great fit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Her vision and leadership will help further our mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever,” said Charlie Schwedler, Chairman of the Board. “I consider our agency very lucky to welcome such a passionate and knowledgeable leader.  We, the board, believe that Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to grow and thrive under Holly's leadership.”

A national search was conducted to find candidates with experience in strategic planning, finance, community relations, staff relations, board development and leadership, along with a passion for helping at-risk youth in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The committee also put a priority on seeking a candidate with excellent fundraising skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all of the agency's stakeholders, including donors and foundations, the local business community, other non-profits and community leaders. “We are fortunate to have found just the right person in Holly Miller,” Schwedler said.

As Vice President of Communications and Community Impact for United Way of Midland County, Holly oversees the organization's communications efforts.  She has assisted with United Way’s strategic direction for over nine years and has been instrumental in implementing United Way’s new community impact investment process.

“I have witnessed the compassion and care that the team at Big Brothers Big Sister have for the children and families they serve. It inspires me. It is an honor to join such a dedicated and innovative team,” Miller said, “My life-long passion for impacting kids is a perfect fit with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ vision for changing lives.”

 

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October 28, 2016 - Great Lakes Bay Region- Holly Miller has been named the next Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Currently the Vice President of Communications and Community Impact for United Way of Midland County, Holly will officially assume this new role on November 7, 2016.

“Holly’s experience and talents are a great fit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Her vision and leadership will help further our mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever,” said Charlie Schwedler, Chairman of the Board. “I consider our agency very lucky to welcome such a passionate and knowledgeable leader.  We, the board, believe that Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to grow and thrive under Holly's leadership.”

A national search was conducted to find candidates with experience in strategic planning, finance, community relations, staff relations, board development and leadership, along with a passion for helping at-risk youth in the Great Lakes Bay Region. The committee also put a priority on seeking a candidate with excellent fundraising skills and the ability to work collaboratively with all of the agency's stakeholders, including donors and foundations, the local business community, other non-profits and community leaders. “We are fortunate to have found just the right person in Holly Miller,” Schwedler said.

As Vice President of Communications and Community Impact for United Way of Midland County, Holly oversees the organization's communications efforts.  She has assisted with United Way’s strategic direction for over nine years and has been instrumental in implementing United Way’s new community impact investment process.

“I have witnessed the compassion and care that the team at Big Brothers Big Sister have for the children and families they serve. It inspires me. It is an honor to join such a dedicated and innovative team,” Miller said, “My life-long passion for impacting kids is a perfect fit with Big Brothers Big Sisters’ vision for changing lives.”

 

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. For over 60 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region has been serving children and youth in Midland, Bay, Saginaw, and Isabella counties. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region visit www.bbbsgreatlakesbay.org.

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Midland, MI., April 8, 2015 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region wrapped up another successful Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser thanks to the efforts of bowlers and sponsors across the area. With all five bowling events now complete, more than $58,000 has been raised to support positive mentoring relationships for our region’s youth. This year’s theme, "Shake, Rattle & Bowl," was a nod to the 1950’s as the agency celebrates 60 years of serving children since 1955.

“We are humbled and want to thank the hundreds of bowlers who raised money on our behalf, our business sponsors, and the businesses who generously donated prizes for the events,” said Susan Putnam, president and CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. “We would especially like to thank the bowling alleys who offered their facilities to make this fundraiser a success—Riverwood Lanes of Mt. Pleasant, Valley Lanes of Midland, State Lanes of Saginaw, and Monitor Lanes of Bay City—as well as the support of local media in helping us spreading the word.”

All money raised from the event will go directly to support programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region that enhance volunteer recruitment and screening, support existing matches, and create events to bring Bigs and Littles together.

“Without these funds, we would not be able to continue to grow our matches and impacting children who urgently need the positive influence of a mentor,” said Putnam.

In 2014, over 650 children benefited from these vital mentoring programs. With over 100 children on the waiting list, Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for mentors who want to change the life of a child for the better, forever. For more information please visit www.bbbsgreatlakesbay.org or 989.631.5360.

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Leman'sIn celebration of Leaman's 125th anniversary celebration, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region has been invited to host our very own weekend - September 13th & 14th, 2014. Wear purple and come out and learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoy all the goodies and fun at Leaman's!

If you are a Big Brother or Big Sister bring your ID Card and get free admission. There are lot's of fun things to do: hayrides, apple picking, crafts, petting zoo and so much more! Visit their website: www.greenapplebarn.com to learn more.

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The 24th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Golf for Kids’ Sake 4 person scramble will be held on Thursday, August 14th at the Saginaw Country Club.  Two flights are available for golfers to choose from, an 8 a.m. or a 2 p.m. shot gun start.  Cost for the morning flight is $140 per golfer (includes continental breakfast & lunch buffet), afternoon flight is $170 per golfer (includes lunch buffet and after party appetizers).  Each golfer will also receive a special gift from our sponsor Gavin & Associates for participating.  Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.

 

To register or for more information call 989.631.5360 or e-mail april@bbbsgreatlakesbay.org.  You can also register online or download a brochure from our website www.bbbsgreatlakesbay.org and click on the events tab.

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