Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrates bigs and littles

“Little Brother” Austyn Wilmot, left, and his “Big Brother” Gilliad Munden from Knox County received the 2017 Big Brothers Big Sisters “Never Miss Life Award” at the agency’s Program Celebration in Bangor recently, celebrating mentors, volunteers and the 700 youth served by BBBS of Mid-Maine.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine hosted Bigs, Littles and their families at its Annual Program Celebration January 28 at Bangor Boys & Girls Club. Matches from Androscoggin, Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Penobscot, Somerset and Waldo counties enjoyed a Winter Carnival with games, refreshments, indoor bounce house and an awards ceremony recognizing distinguished community and site-based matches and volunteer coordinators.

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps kids facing adversity by providing professionally-supported, 1-to-1 mentoring programs throughout its seven-county service area. The event brought together Littles and Bigs to celebrate program success, community support and the agency’s 700 youth served this year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters is pleased to recognize the 2017 award recipients:

“Never Miss Life Award” named in memory of Little Sister Jessica Breault – Gilliad Munden and Austyn Wilmot (Knox County).

Community-Based Match of the Year Awards – Jaclyn Stratton and Alana Fancy, Tabitha Fillion & Ally Beeman (both from Knox County).

School-Based Match of the Year Awards – Sydney Costa and Trystan Mitchell (Penobscot County) Marlys Rietdyk and Kyle Van Doren Crooker (Kennebec County), Kaitlyn Woods and Kalona Sanborn (Penobscot County).

School-Based Coordinator of the Year Award – Ian Palmer and Keith Marino (Bangor Boys & Girls Club).

Twenty-seven community and school-based matches were celebrated for reaching anniversary milestones and being matched between 3 and 10 years through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The event was sponsored by BBBS community partners at Bangor Boys & Girls Club, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Shaw’s Supermarket, Bangor Mall Cinemas 10, Midcoast Recreation Center and Camden National Bank with activity donations from Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta and Mount Merici Academy in Waterville.

To learn more about changing a child’s life as a volunteer or donor, call Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mid-Maine at 236-2227, email, or visit


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