TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Mentors are special people who can help a child reach his or her full potential.
They were celebrated on Friday at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Big Bend.
Former and current Bigs, as BBBS calls them, gathered at the organization's Tennessee Street headquarters for their Big Friday Tailgate luncheon.
They talked about the impact mentors make on the children they nurture and the impact the children make on them.
Former mentor Steve Evans spoke about the child he once mentored. That boy, Jimmy, later grew up and tracked down Evans to tell him how much the mentoring meant. Jimmy died a short time later.
"That meant more to me than anything in life to know the impact that you could have on a young man, in my case this young man, just through a small period of time in my life," said Evans.
BBBS has over 400 children on a waiting list to be matched with a mentor in the Big Bend. Over half of those children are boys in need of a male mentor.
To help with that mission, ABC 27 and The Scripps Howard Foundation donated $10,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters on Friday.