Sunday, December 11, 2016

Jim Larson and Rough Risers Recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters

December 9, 2016 - It was 7:00 on a Friday morning.   Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa held their Start Something BIG Breakfast at the Cedar Falls Hilton Garden Inn to celebrate the organization's Bigs (Adult Big Sisters and Big Brothers), Littles (Little Brothers and Little Sisters), and those who have supported the organization over the past year.  The room was filled with sharing, caring, and love.  Bigs shared their experiences.  Littles shared their stories.  People were thanked for their participation and support.  Over 300 people attended the breakfast.

Fourteen Rough Risers attended the breakfast (thanks for encouraging us to come, Emily!)  The food was great and our day was about to include some BIG surprises . . .

Xavier and Jim Larson
Our first surprise was when Jim Larson was recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters as the Black Hawk County 2016 School-Based Big of the Year.   This is an award that was a total surprise to Jim but a well-warranted recognition.
Congratulations, Jim!!!!

Prez Alan Czarnetski w/Award
This surprise was followed by an even more startling revelation as our Cedar Falls Kiwanis Rough Risers club was recognized as the Black Hawk County 2016 Service Organization of the Year. 

It was a wonderful way to start the day.  We are thankful to be able to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa and all of the work that they do to make a difference in people's lives across Iowa.

Here is the hungry gang that joined together for another breakfast.
Table 1

Table 2

Katie Orlando - Club Member & Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO

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