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March 20, 2014

Friends for Kids holds reunion

It was a time of reminiscing and reconnecting as members of the Friends for Kids of Daviess County organization, both past and present, gathered for a reunion. Approximately thirty people attended the event, which is the first time such an event has been held according to the organization’s director Laura Sims.

“We have always been about the kids”, said Sims, “but we thought it would be nice to get the Bigs and Littles from the past together for an event. We’re really happy with how it turned out and the testimonies that were shared have given all of our current Bigs the motivation to continue on.”

Kevin Swartzentruber and his wife Amanda have been active as Big Friends in the organization and will be resigning from the board of directors after ten years of service at the end of this year. Mr. Swartzentruber assured those in attendance that “you are making an impact on the futures of these young children. And while it may seem right now that you don’t have a shining success story to share Jesus teaches us in the book of Matthew that “in as much as you have done it unto the least of these, you have done unto me.”

Former Washington mayor Dave Abel served as one of the event’s keynote speakers. Abel elaborated on how he became involved in the organization in the late 1970s when it was still known as Big Brother Big Sister. It remained as Big Brother Big Sister for a few years when the Evansville chapter served notice it no longer had sufficient funds to support the Daviess County branch. It was then renamed as it is currently known. He stayed with the organization until being elected to his first term of Mayor of Washington in the early 1980s.

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