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Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrate the Holidays, Receive Big Gift

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio celebrated the holidays by treating their little brothers and sisters and their families to a day of bowling, gifts, food and Santa Claus at Southwyck Bowling Lanes on Heatherdowns but it was the agency itself that received the biggest gift of the day.

For the 10th year, the local accounting firm, Gilmore Jasion Mahler, Ltd, hosted the annual holiday party, providing gifts for all the kids and the dinner. GJM brought along approximately 70 volunteers as part of their effort and an estimated 300 guests – about 160 children and their families – were served.

Dean Sengstock, RSM partner; Linda Hillstrom, GJM partner; Kevin Gilmore, GJM managing partner; Marie Bush, board president of BBBS; Duke Smarnoff, RSM partner; Johnny Mickler, executive director of BBBS

In addition, this year, GJM had a surprise in store for the agency which has been facing some fundraising issues this year.

GJM, Ltd is a locally-owned and managed accounting firm, established about 22 years ago. The firm has an affiliation with the national accounting firm RSM US LLP, the fifth largest accounting firm in the nation. As part of RSM’s commitment to service, they ask their affiliated firms around the country to apply for a donation once a year for a good cause in their communities.

This year GJM submitted a proposal for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Ohio and won the national first-place prize of $15,000. That check was presented to BBBS on Sunday afternoon during the party as two RSM partners, Dean Sengstock of Minneapolis and Duke Smarnoff of Chicago, came to Toledo for the presentation ceremony.

The party continued after the ceremony. The guests bowled, received their gifts, dined and had the opportunity to make sure Santa got the word.



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