The luncheon-fashion show hosted by Oneonta’s World Outreach Center March 21 was a celebration of Big Brothers/Big Sisters’ successful organizational year in Blount County.
Speaking to some 150 guests, Lynette Glatzer, board chairman and driving force, summarized all the reqirements that had to be met in order to become an approved, functioning agency dedicated to matching big brothers to little brothers needing guidance and encouragement and big sisters filling the same roles for little sisters. One not active in the program could hardly imagine the qualifications that must be met by those who are affiliated.
Glatzer had many to thank, especially recognizing Jim Tuttle, who initiated the organization here, and those who worked tirelessly to get it off the ground; World Outreach, which provided, prepared, and served the salad luncheon, then directed proceeds from ticket sales to Bigs/Littles; those who bought tickets; merchants who provided fashions for the show and those who smartly modeled as if they did it every Saturday.
Glatzer’s daughter Michelle Humphrey, who wrote the script and emceed, and her granddaughter, Delancy Humphrey, who made modeling a three-generational thing; 3-year-old Sydney Clyde who sang “The Lord’s Prayer,” her melody charmingly off but her words flawless; Susan Moore Big Brother, Junior Chavez, who spoke of coming to the States with his parents to obtain an education, and who perhaps could have used a Big Brother himself; Susan Moore for being the first school in the county with an established program; and all those who have supported it or will do so when they learn more about it.
It was a fun event; more than that, it was an inspiring one.