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Big Brothers Big Sisters brings back Community Picnic at Franklin Square Park

On Saturday, July 9, 2022, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence hosted it’s 17th Annual Summer Picnic, a free, fun-filled day of food, face painting, carousel rides, arts and crafts, scavenger hunt, dunk tank, balloon art, games and more. Despite a threat of rain, Bigs (adult mentors), Littles (youth mentees) and their families came out in full force to enjoy the festivities. Attendees were especially excited since the picnic was put on hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the global pandemic.

The event was made possible thanks to sponsors including AmeriHealth Caritas, the Mitchell Benson family, and Beasley Media Group. Beasley Media Group’s, Steve Morrison, of The Preston and Steve Show (WMMR 93.3FM) was also on site to meet and talk with fans and attendees.

The day also feature several fitness workout sessions including Morning Yoga with Jade Javon, Bodyweight Workout with Asher Freeman, and Chen Style Taiji with Caleb Arnold.

Vice President of Program, Rich Berry, was particularly popular as the person to be sunk in the dunk tank. Both youth and adults lined up for hours waiting for their chance to send him below the water’s surface, and they didn’t disappoint. Thanks to several accurate throwers, Rich was waterlogged shortly after it opened.

For more than 100 years, BBBS Independence has delivered a one-to-one youth mentoring model with a proven record of success. This unique event provides a special opportunity for the extended family members of both Bigs and Littles to spend time together in a fun atmosphere—and to witness firsthand the positive influence and notable impact Bigs and Littles have on each other’s lives.