Jackson County Big Brothers/Big Sisters Honor Mentors with Appreciation Dinner
JACKSON, MI – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Jackson County celebrated National Mentoring Month by honoring individuals and organizations that provide and support mentorship for local children.
The 2022 Mentor Appreciation Dinner and Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, April 21 at City View 520 at the Commonwealth Commerce Center in downtown Jackson.
Local speed painter Evan Struck entertained the crowd of 175 and shared his beliefs on the importance of nurturing children through art.
Related: Meet the 19-year-old artist behind the beautiful art on Jackson-area buildings
The awards given are:
Community Supporter of the Year – Gary and Lynn Kenworthy
Volunteer of the Year – Sue Shirkey
CB Big Brother of the Year – Jason Butterfield
CB Big Sister of the Year – Anita Siryk
SB Big Brother of the Year – Bill Blakemore
SB Big Sister of the Year – Danielle Mackey
Foundation of the Year – Alvin Glick Foundation
Contributing Organization of the Year – LJ Ross Associates
Media Advocate of the Year – Tripp’s Auto Shop & Collision
“Mac” Gwinn Consumers Retiree Service Award – Kathy Alexander and Jack Decker
Council Member Recognition Award – David Hawkin
BBBS Board Service Award – Emilie Walainis
Dave Mullholand Social Media Communicator Award – Greg O’Connor
Planned Giving Contributor of the Year – Flagstar Bank
Activity Supporter of the Year – JTV (Karen, Bart & Andy)
Event Supporter of the Year – Jack V. Butterfield Investment
All Event Friends / Fundraising Supporters – Bruton Electric
Littles Godfather of the Year – Danny Amanati
Educator of the Year – East Jackson, Earl Kenyan
SB Jr. Big Brother of the Year – Central Michigan – Brady Sova and East Jackson – Bryce Johnson
SB Jr. Big Sister of the Year – Central Michigan – Olivia Shown and East Jackson – Courtney Overholt
Educational Partner – Central Michigan Schools. Honorable Mention – East of Jackson
Five+ Year Longevity Award – Rebecca Armstrong, Emily Walainis, Daniel Kaser, Kristen Hanna, Lori Frewen, Gilbert Blanks, Pamela Maynard, Darlene LaVoy, Annie Steward, Myeshia Jones, Kimberly DePew, Christina Martoia, Faruk Pilav and Jason Butterfield (age 10).