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Wednesday, March 21, 2018 10:16 am

Verbatim: Big Brothers Big Sisters to Host 45th Annual Gourmet Dinner

Local non-profit organization celebrates donors, raises funds to help area children

The following was released on Wed., March 21, 2018 from Big Brothers Big Sisters: 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI) is excited to announce that its 45th Annual Gourmet Dinner will take place Tuesday, May 8 at the Grand Wayne Convention Center to benefit the agency and its mission to help local children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentor relationships. Since its establishment in 1973, the Annual Gourmet Dinner has grown to be one of the area’s premier charity events with a guest list including more than 800 of the community’s most notable business leaders. 

The Annual Gourmet Dinner offers its guests a reception, followed by a multi-course gourmet meal, keynote speaker and grand prize giveaway. BBBSNEI is proud to announce that the 2018 keynote speaker is former pro football quarterback and Hall of Fame inductee, Terry Bradshaw. Ticket prices start at $300.


45th Annual Gourmet Dinner Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Reception at 6:00 PM ? Dinner at 6:45 PM

Grand Wayne Convention Center ? 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. 

For more information, call 888-456-1600

In addition to our keynote speaker for the evening, Big Brothers Big Sisters also will announce its annual Don Wolf Award recipient. Established in 1999, the Don Wolf Award is given to an individual who exhibits an exceptional commitment of service to children in our community. The founder and long-time CEO of Do it Best Corp., Wolf coordinated the launch of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in northeast Indiana in 1972. Past recipients of the Don Wolf Award include Senator Dan Coats, Jim Kelley, Dale ‘Mr. Mac’ McMillen, Sr., Louis Delagrange, Rick McCampbell, Richard and Harriet Inskeep, Tyler Lehman, Dr. Mike Mastrangelo, Jerry Henry, Keith Busse and most recently Tom Kelley. 

BBBSNEI would like to thank the sponsors of the 45th Annual Gourmet Dinner: Indiana Physical Therapy, Seely Office Solutions, Five Star Distributing, BKD CPAs & Advisors, PNC, Heritage Food Service, Midwest Pipe and Steel, Wings Etc, AccuTemp Products, Kelley Automotive and Northwestern Mutual. BBBSNEI also would like to thank its 2018 Corporate Community Partners: Ambassador Enterprises, AT&T, BKD CPAs & Advisors, Chase, Coca Cola, DeKalb Molded Plastics, Do it Best, First Merchants Bank, Indiana Physical Therapy, Lutheran Health Network, Markey’s Audio Visual, Old National Bank, PNC, Wagner Meinert LLC, and WFFT Local News.


Terry Bradshaw is a former quarterback who spent 13 years in the NFL.  Since 1994, he has been a TV sports analyst and co-host of Fox NFL Sunday. Bradshaw is also an actor, having participated in many television shows and films, most notably starring in the movie Failure to Launch. He played for 14 seasons with Pittsburgh, won four Super Bowl titles in a six-year period (197419751978, and 1979), becoming the first quarterback to win three and four Super Bowls, and led the Steelers to eight AFC Central championships. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989, his first year of eligibility. Bradshaw was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.

A tough competitor, Bradshaw is known for having one of the most powerful arms in NFL history. He also called his own plays throughout his football career. His physical skills and on-the-field leadership played a major role in the Pittsburgh Steelers' history. During his career, he passed for more than 300 yards in a game only seven times, but three of those performances came in the postseason, and two of those in Super Bowls. He played very well in the Super Bowl, and in four career Super Bowl appearances, he passed for 932 yards and 9 touchdowns, both Super Bowl records at the time of his retirement. In 19 post-season games, he completed 261 passes for 3,833 yards.

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