Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrate At Annual Gala

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bbbsgala3Everyone needs an adult to look up to and that was the reason for the celebration at The Hartford Golf Club Friday as the Nutmeg Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated with its ”Start Something Big” gala.

“I remember my Big Brother, his name was Tim Ruark and he was an actuary at CIGNA,” said board member Mike Mascaro, now a Big Brother himself. “He was great and we are still friends,” said Mascaro, whose former Big Brother now owns Simsmore Tennis in Simsbury. “He meant a lot in my life.”

Thebbbsgala1 evening included dinner, dancing, auctions and magic courtesy of David Garrity who said his mentors included Ellington resident and Connecticut magician Bryan Flint. For many others it was former teachers that were recalled as cherished mentors.

Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO/president Andy Fleischmann credited a college professor for such support. “I was lucky because there were several people in my life that helped me along the way but I would probably say Gary Gerstle, a history professor I had at Princeton as one that stands out,” said the non-profit executive who is also a state legislator. “He was so patient with me.”

“I think everyone needs some adult they can look up to,” said Trudy Stuart, a Hartford resident attending her first Nutmeg gala. “That’s what is so great about this organization,” she said. “It’s not about money or who you are. It’s about something simple, just being with a child who needs a grown-up to count on.”

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