Pictured L TO R:Fire Chief Peter O’Leary, Tammy Young, Executive Director Big Brothers Big Sisters and Erick Gerritson, Assistant Chief, Training

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue, Fond du Lac Police Department and Flight for Life took part in National Night Out at the Fond du Lac Fairgrounds park on August 2.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, better places to live.

New this year was a Tug of War event that showcased Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue competing against the Fond du Lac Police Department.  Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue won the event, receiving $2000 from the Fond du Lac Elk’s Lodge #57.  They were able to choose where the money was donated to, electing to divide the money up and give it to 4 different organizations.  Big Brothers Big Sisters was the proud recipient of $500.

“As I told Chief O’Leary,’ said Tammy Young, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, the $500 donation made our Friday afternoon when it showed up in the mail.  Every dollar we receive at Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a BIG difference!  We are very thankful that Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue donated the money to our organization.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) assists children with social, emotional and character development through one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring adults.  Children in the program come from a wide variety of backgrounds, many coming from single parent households, living at or below poverty level.  Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children with Big Brothers, Big Sisters, Big Couples or Big Families in a community or school based program.  Children aged 6 through 13 can enroll in the program through a parent or guardian referral.  Volunteers need to be at least 18 years old and have a valid driver’s license for the community based program, 16 years old for the school based program.  For more information about the program or to volunteer, call 920-922-8200.