Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates 50 Years

Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated 50 years with the Start Something Big Gala Friday, Nov. 4, at The Society Room in Hartford.

"Proud to have reached this milestone; we are not afraid to show our silver hairs," said Andy Fleischmann, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters president and CEO, about the organization's milestone birthday. "We are proud to have reached 50. We are looking ahead to 60 and 75 and 100 and we are feeling great about the 65,000 children we have served."

"It's just a tremendous program," said Hartford Mayor and guest Luke Bronin. "The organization is as strong as ever and a really important part of building community."

Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions and a strolling gourmet dinner with live musical entertainment. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Tim Lammers of Fox 61.

Other guests included Donna Collins of the Hartford Business Journal; Susan Lane, director of public relations and community engagement at Hoffman Auto Group; Christy Ossowski of Vernon and teacher Melanie Olmstead of Wolcott; Terry and Jim Bedard of Glastonbury; and Jillian Comolli, Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters event coordinator.

Since 1966, the organization has paired adult volunteer mentors ("bigs") with children ("littles" ) throughout the state.

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