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Big Brothers Big Sisters still 'hitting for the kids'

January 16th, 2012 3:01 am by Staff Report

Big Brothers Big Sisters still 'hitting for the kids'

Arbico East, LCC, president and Big Brothers Big Sisters trustee Don Shawl, left, donated a Hank Aaron bat and signed baseball to Debbie Boggs, BBBS community development coordinator, as a highlight of January's National Mentoring Month. Contributed ph

  In 1986, major league baseball player Hank Aaron visited the Tri-Cities as a spokesperson for Arby’s. During his visit, Aaron presented a bat inscribed with “These hits are for the kids” to Arbico East, LCC, president and Big Brothers Big Sisters trustee Don Shawl.



   Aaron’s visit launched a successful three-year corporate fundraising campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS), establishing it as a valuable Northeast Tennessee mentoring program. Recently, Shawl donated Aaron’s bat and a signed baseball to Debbie Boggs, BBBS community development coordinator, as a highlight of January’s National Mentoring Month.



   “We’ve always believed in the power of giving back to the communities that we serve,” Shawl said. “Mentoring makes a powerful difference and I’m proud to be part of an effort that gives the entire community an opportunity to contribute.”



   In 2010, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provided more than 1,015 children in need with one-to-one mentoring that changed their lives for the better.

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