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Kick-Off Press Conference #1 – 12/10/2007


Kick-Off Press Conference #1 – 12/10/2007 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Will and Grundy Counties kicked off a million capital campaign on December 10, 2007, in a conference room so crowded it drove home the campaign’s appeal. “We know without question we need a new facility, said campaign co-chairman Jim Roolf, president of First Midwest Bank Joliet and a member of the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors. He said unprecedented growth in Will and Grundy counties demands a larger facility to serve the needs of the increasing number of at-risk boys and girls from single-parent families, some 500 of whom are now being helped. He said the goal can be “achieved pretty quickly, despite launching a campaign near the holidays, a difficult time of the year for many with expenses.” “If everyone in Will and Grundy counties gave , we would almost accomplish our goal,” noted Roolf. He introduced two boys, Nick Sayers of Morris, who has just been matched with a Big Brother, and Demetri Morris of Naperville, who has been on the ready-to-be-matched list waiting for a Big Brother for more than a year. “Nick and Demetri, you’re what it’s all about. You are our future, and our future starts today.” Co-chairman Paul Ganzert, an investment adviser, said Big Brothers Big Sisters started locally in 1972 and told about his experiences volunteering in the 1970s and 1980s as a Big Brother to two different boys. “Today, both are very good citizens,” he said proudly. Dana Agnich of Morris, Nick’s mom, said that since being matched with


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