The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

November 29, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters grateful for volunteers and sponsors

The Clinton Herald

---- — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton hosted their successful annual fundraisers —Breakfast with Santa and Dueling Pianos — this past weekend.

Almost 300 children and adults enjoyed a hearty breakfast while they visited and took photos with Santa during the Breakfast with Santa event. Plus, the Midwest Dueling Pianos didn’t disappoint and entertained dinner guests with many hours of laughs and fun at the Dueling Pianos fund-raising dinner.

Proceeds from both of these fundraisers help us to support and create one-on-one mentor matches between adult volunteers and area children facing adversity. It’s the generosity of our volunteers, sponsors, donors and event attendees who make Clinton a great community to live and work in.

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors and all the area at-risk children that benefit and will benefit from the services provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters, I would like to thank:

• Ashford University for coordinating our fifth annual Breakfast with Santa. The dedication, time and creativity that Shelly Mohr, Betsy Vanausdeln, Matt Sieverding, Karen Tack and the rest of the Ashford Heroes and volunteers put into the event every year really shows and it wouldn’t be a success without them.

• Ashford University, Citizens Bank, Homers Deli/Sweetheart Bakery and the area businesses that provided cash and food donations for Breakfast with Santa. Without their generosity over the years we wouldn’t be able to support so many wonderful mentor matches

• Kohl’s for their wonderful Kohls Cares volunteers who helped feed and guide our Breakfast with Santa attendees.

• Wagner Pharmacy, Ashford University, ADM, Citizens First Bank, DHCU, Hampton Inn, Miner, Gilroy and Meade and Sethness for their contributions to our annual Dueling Pianos fundraiser. Their continued support shows how involved they are in the community and their dedication to our mission.

• Big Brothers Big Sisters board members for their dessert contributions for the Dueling Pianos auction.

We at Big Brothers Big Sisters are always looking for children ages 5-17 who could benefit from having an adult mentor in their lives. We also welcome adults and couples, 18 and over, who would like to have the life-changing experience of mentoring a young adult. Mentoring has been proven to help a child with life issues overcome obstacles and improve the odds they will graduate from high school.

If you would like to help mentor a one of the 16 children on our waiting list, feel free to contact me at 243-4223 or You can also get more information on our website at

Kellie Hillis, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Clinton