Friday, July 28, 2006

Raising Visibility and Dollars for Tutoring/Mentoring

On July 20th Cabrini Connections and the Tutor/Mentor Connection hosted their 11th Annual Jimmy Biggs Memorial Cabrini Connections Golf Benefit.

Steve Miller, President of Legacy Mortgage (shown 2nd from left in photo) was the chair. The golf benefit is named in memory of Jimmy Biggs, a youth who participated in Cabrini Connections from elementary school through high school, then joined the staff after he graduated. Jimmy helped create the golf benefit in 1995 and his goal was to recruit 100 CEOs to be leaders and donors who would provide the support to make programs like Cabrini Connections available to more kids in more neighborhoods. Jimmy died suddenly in 2000 before he could realize that dream, but the Golf Benefit keeps the goal alive.

You can learn more about the Golf Benefit, and make your own donation, at .

This event, and events like the MY HERO AWARD Lunch, hosted by the Lend A Hand Program, read , kick of the annual August/September volunteer mobilization campaign led by the Tutor/Mentor Connection.

There are thousands of youth who would benefit from tutor/mentor programs and every program in the city is looking for volunteers as school is starting. Visit the Program Locator at to see our list of programs.

The reality is, there are not enough programs, especially in the South part of the city and the South Suburbs. This is where business leaders need to step forward. With your support of events like the Golf Benefit and the MY HERO Lunch, you can encourage others to get involved, and you can help us build the infrastructure and dollars needed to support programs like Cabrini Connections.

If itis to be, it is up to you and me.

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