Posted at: 03/01/2013 10:30 PM
Updated at: 03/01/2013 10:46 PM
By: Dayna Landgrebe & Darren Danielson
After 75 years, Mentor Duluth program is still going strong in its mission to make a difference in the lives of children.
On Friday night, the program celebrated its anniversary with a carnival for the very kids it serves at Duluth's DECC.
The event also featured the presentation of the Albert and Louise Ordean Making a Difference Award. The award goings to a Mentor Duluth match that goes above and beyond expectations with their mentee. This year, Mercedes Anderson and Annette Strom took the recognition, are celebrating their 7th year as a match.
Cassie Flynn, Program Advocate with Mentor Duluth, said the entire mission of the program is to connect kids with positive adults who want to make a difference by building meaningful relationships.
"A lot of kids come from single family homes and parents don't have enough time to spend doing things with these kids," Flynn said. She said having another positive adult to care and have fun with kids is critical.
Currently, there are 250 kids on the waiting list who still need mentors. Friday's event is part of a kick-off to recruit 75 new mentors in 75 days, celebrating 75 years of mentoring in the Duluth community.