LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- It is hats off to the graduates of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana.
More than 40 high school and college graduates who have been mentored in the BBBS program received special recognition at a program held at Louisville’s Bellarmine University Frazier Hall. The graduation is also a ceremony to say goodbye to the students who have turned 18 and are also leaving the mentoring Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
In addition to honoring guests and graduates, the event included a tribute to Doug Proffitt and Gary Roedemeier of WHAS 11 News. The organizers recognized the 25-year partnership between Big Brothers Big Sisters and WHAS-11 TV.
Proffitt and Roedemeier have profiled Big Brothers Big Sisters matches weekly for the past 25 years and as a result, hundreds more children in our community have been matched with a Big Brother or Sister.
The weekly reports started in 1989 when Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Jeri Swinton contacted Roedemeier and asked him if he would be interested in highlighting a mentor match on the evening news.
The series started and remains and enduring part of the WHAS-TV newscast. Proffitt continued the tradition when Gary retired from the evening news in 2009.
As another surprise, the longtime CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters was honored for her 25 years leading this organization in Kentuckiana.