2010-10-14 / Living

Arby’s awards $7,089.55 to BB/BS

GENESEE COUNTY — Arby’s restaurants recently awarded $7,089.55 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint through the 2010 Arby’s Foundation National Community Fundraiser. Arby’s customers who came into local restaurants from May 3 through June 15 could donate a dollar and sign a “Help Us Help Kids” pin-up to hang on the walls of the restaurants. The campaign is a national partnership effort supported by the Arby’s Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to benefit Big Brother Big Sisters’ affiliates throughout the country.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint is grateful for the longtime support and commitment of the local Arby’s Restaurant and its customers. Each year, the efforts of Arby’s and its team members strengthen the financial resources that ensure mentoring services for local children through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint. Arby’s employees have participated in the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Bowling Challenge fundraiser for 30 years. They raised more than $2,000 in 2010 and they have committed to join us again for Bowling Challenge 2011 with their traditional 20 plus teams.

As a part of Arby’s commitment to making a difference, Arby’s established the Arby’s Foundation, Inc. in 1986. The Foundation focuses on supporting leadership, education and youth-mentoring initiatives. Because of Big Brothers Big Sisters' vision “to provide a mentor for every child who needs or wants one," Arby’s has selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as its national corporate charity.

The focus of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Flint is to provide children, primarily from single parent homes, with the friendship of a positive role model. For 66 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been impacting thousands of children in Genesee County through its mentoring outreach and support.

Fundraising and mentor recruitment endeavors ensure the increased capacity of the organization to respond to needs in the community. — Natalie Blythe

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