Tarry Market Event Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters

Mentors Needed for 76 Children on Wait List

Port Chester, NY— Supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester dined on specialty foods and celebrated the program recently at Tarry Market on Main Street in Port Chester. FSW established a local chapter of the highly regarded national mentoring program in 1958 and works with 200 matches each year in the community, at schools and workplaces.   Currently, BBBS of FSW has 76 children on a wait list, hoping for a mentor to meet with them eight hours a month, to play basketball, go to the movies or just share stories and meals. Seventy-five percent of the children on the wait list are boys, and most of them reside in southern Westchester.

“We encourage people to think about making a difference in just one person’s life,” notes Marsha Tom, Director of BBBS of FSW. One of the highlights of the party was the talk presented by Debbie Linder and her “Little,” 17-year-old Zhane Edwards. The two were matched nine years ago and still meet regularly to shop, do arts and crafts, volunteer together or discuss books they have both read. To learn about becoming a mentor or to make a donation to BBBS of FSW, contact Marsha Tom at mtom@fsw.org.   For more information about FSW’s program and mission, check out the organization’s website at www.fsw.org.

Mayor Douglas H. French of Rye and BBBS Advisory Board Chair Deborah Boillot