Big Brothers Big Sisters Shawano Program Celebrates Big Anniversary

Kristen Mihaljevic
(920) 498-2227

October 15, 2015 – Green Bay, WI

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin (BBBSNEW) is celebrating the first anniversary of program services in Shawano County. October 29, 2015 will mark the anniversary of the first match made in Shawano County after introducing services to the area.

Since the first match of Big Sister, Idell Johnston and her Little Sister, Lily, Programs Lead, Chris Marcks has made 40 additional matches, and kicked-off site-based program services to Hillcrest Primary School, Olga Brener Intermediate School, Sacred Heart Catholic School, and Gresham School.

To fund the mentoring programs, a start-up grant was donated by the Egan Family Foundation, as well as additional support from Screaming Head Buzz, TimberPro, BMO Harris Bank, ThedaCare, Shawano Optimists, Shawano Lake Gold Course – Wednesday Morning Ladies League, and Shawano Rotary Club.

The community is invited to attend a tree planting ceremony on Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm behind Hillcrest Primary School. The tree symbolizes the start of something BIG in Shawano, and a plaque will be presented to the community recognizing the initial supporters. In the event of inclement weather the ceremony will move to the Commons area of Hillcrest Primary.

Community Relations Director, Kristen Mihaljevic sites the strong sense of community driving the extraordinary growth of the Shawano programs. “From day one we’ve gotten nothing but enthusiastic support from the schools and business in Shawano,” recalls Mihaljevic looking back fondly at the past year.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is the premier youth mentoring organization in the area serving Brown, Oconto and Door counties. The agency’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Since 1972, this donor and volunteer supported non-profit organization has expertly matched youth ages 7 and up with volunteer mentors. For more information, visit