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Grand Haven woman named Big Sister of Year

• Feb 17, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore has been in West Michigan since 1969 matching caring adults (Bigs) with a child in need of a positive role model (Littles).

Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore awards a Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year. Bigs must be matched at least one year to be eligible to be Big of the Year. Littles and their families can nominate their Bigs to receive this award.

This year’s Big Sister of the Year was awarded to Amy Urick of Grand Haven. Urick and Katt met while volunteering for another organization and became friends. Urick contacted BBBS to add structure and legitimacy to their friendship, just one of the ways we can make matches. They were officially matched in the program in June 2014.

Urick and Katt have attended the BBBS’s bowling events, as bowlers and as volunteers. Katt was accepted to Blue Lakes Fine Arts Camp, and Urick helped her set up a budget and raise the funds for the tuition.

Lisa Hegenbart, BBBS Executive Director, surprised Urick with the award at a Kiwanis club meeting, where she is a member.

The Big Brother of the Year is Eddie Bullinger of Holland. Bullinger was originally matched with Sean in 2008. They were matched for seven years and the matched closed when Sean graduated from high school.

In October 2016, Bullinger was matched with his second Little, Gabe. Bullinger and Gabe raised money and bowled in the BBBS Holland event last year, and are planning to bowl again in March.

Both families attended the annual Volunteer Recognition Event to see Bullinger receive this award.

Amy, Katt, Eddie, and Gabe all teamed up and bowled together in the 2017 Bowl for Kids’ Sake event in Holland.

Both Urick and Bullinger are making a tremendous difference in the lives of their Littles,” said Lisa Hegenbart of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Lakeshore. “They work to inspire the importance of education, building the confidence of the child as well as building the importance of relationships in their lives with family, friends and peers. ... Through the relationships with their Little Brothers and Little Sisters, Eddie and Amy are changing he lives of their Littles for the better, forever.”

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