Big Brother Dale Long and his Little Brother Michael Johnson

Big Brothers Big Sisters recently celebrated its 95th anniversary in Dallas, with more than 100 alumni of the program in attendance.

Those in attendance included former parents, Littles, and Bigs from across the state of Texas. Some former Bigs and Littles reconnected for the first time in 50 years, and the event highlighted the generational impact of mentoring on the lives of those children and families BBBS serves. Those in attendance represented the families, board members, children, staff, and volunteers that have helped change countless lives through the power of one-to-one mentorship over the past 95 years.

About 430 kids in Dallas are on the waitlist for a mentor via Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the organization is always looking for volunteers.

Big Brother mentor Dale Long, who spoke at the gathering, joined the program in 1971.

“My grandmother taught me that we must dedicate our lives to give back to others through service,” Long said at the event. “We must defend the potential of all children. The option to do nothing is unacceptable.”

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