Big Brother windfall

Winston-Salem kids’ group receives biggest one-time gift ever.

By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — With a hand from one of its volunteers, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services in Winston-Salem has received $15,000 from the New York-based Citigroup Foundation, the largest one-time gift ever for the nonprofit.

Helping to secure the gift was James Ring, manager of the Lexington branch of Citifinancial, a subsidiary of New York City-based Citigroup, and a volunteer big brother for a 13-year-old boy in Winston-Salem.

With an annual budget of $575,000, 40 percent of it from the United Way of Forsyth County, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services depends on special events and individual donations to cover its remaining operations, says Bert Grisard, president and CEO.

The nonprofit, an affiliate of Philadelphia-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, hopes to net $180,000, up from $165,000 last year, at its annual bowl-a-thon, which will be held Feb. 28 at Major League Lanes.

The nonprofit also aims to raise $50,000, up from $30,000 last year, from an annual mail appeal and party it will hold this spring or summer.

And satellite offices the group operates in Mocksville in Davie County and Elkin in Surry County are responsible for generating $50,000 a year each to cover their costs.

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