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Start Something Breakfasts BIG Successes So Far!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa has raised $30,000 at our annual Black Hawk, Bremer/Butler and Floyd County Start Something Big Breakfasts so far. The agency hopes to reach its goal of $40,000 by the last breakfast on the season, which will be for Fayette/Buchanan Counties and held January 12, 2018 at the Oelwein Community Plaza.

The money raised will be used to match waiting youths with mentors in the community. The organization can serve up to 580 youths in 2018 in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Fayette and Floyd Counties.

During the breakfast events so far, the agency presented mentors the Big of the Year Award for the difference they have made in their Littles’ lives.

Rookie Big of the Year recipients were Isaac Newsome, Wendy Smith, Pam Novotny, Blaine Sage and Cindy Kuehn. Big of the Year recipients, mentors matched with the same Little in a long-standing relationship, were Andrew Green, Marcus Weymiller, Dennis and Dixie Kehoe, Monica Severson, Griffin Brennecke and Christine Rimrod.

The agency honored businesses from Northeast Iowa that have supported BBBSNEIA for many years by committing financial resources, volunteers and in-kind donations. The Big Businesses of the Year were University of Iowa Community Credit Union (Black Hawk); CUNA Mutual (Bremer/Butler); and Zoetis (Floyd).

The agency presented two Service Organization of the Year Awards to the Panthers Allied with Local Schools and Waverly Exchange Club.

The agency also presented the School Liaison of the Year award to Ann Cunningham and Micky Bahlmann. Three Program Champion of the Year awards were presented to Tara Thomas, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa and Terri O’Brien.

This year’s Volunteer of the Year awards recipients were Bonnie Sadler, Marcia Swanson and Gloria Carr. 

Fayette & Buchanan County winners will be announced at the Oelwein event on January 12th. To RSVP, email  

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