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June 13, 2012

Nation's Leading Mentors Recognized by Big Brothers Big Sisters, Comcast and NBCUniversal

By Calvin Azuri, TMCnet Contributor

Comcast (News - Alert) and NBCUniversal are the sponsors behind the Big Brothers Big Sisters' 2012 National Leadership Summit. During the summit, the top two mentors will be officially recognized for their contributions. Brent Hartsfield and Shari Wahlin will be recognized for how they motivated and helped mentees perform.

In a release, Charisse R. Lillie, VP of Community Investment for Comcast Corporation and president of the Comcast Foundation, said, "We are extremely proud of Brent and Shari, who are national role models for quality mentoring. Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2008 has provided us with the unique privilege of honoring the 'Bigs of the Year,' as well as the opportunity to experience the organization's one-to-one mentoring programs firsthand as employee Bigs."

Delaitre graduated six months early from high school and is now a candidate in the Tallahassee City Commission election. He is an 18-year-old Tallahassee City College student who credits  Hartsfield for his performance, as Hartsfield stood by him and believed in him in trying times for over six years and never quit being his Big Brother.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America co-CEO, Max Miller said "Comcast and NBCUniversal's investment in our program nationwide demonstrates its understanding of the benefits of long-term quality one-to-one mentoring and the company's appreciation for what it means to be National Big Brother of the Year or Big Sister of the Year. Brent and Shari and the stories of their Littles are why parents, schools, and community partners seek Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring support."

Wahlin served as a Big Sister to Kirsten for close to four-years and was a wonderful mentor.  Kirsten went through a lot as she dealt with her mother’s sickness and eventually her death. Kirsten is now all set to start college at the end of the summer and is grateful to Wahlin for her continuous guidance, emotional support and strong friendship.

Edited by Brooke Neuman

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