We had to take a three year break from having the Annual Mentor and Volunteer Appreciation Banquet, but this year we were able to once again recognize those who give of their time to support Family Connection Programs. The 53 mentors who mentored 78 students were recognized with a special luncheon and gift. Special speakers were Larry and Marcie Culpepper who shared their experience of mentoring two Primary age boys and told of some of the tips and tools they use. Also, Dylan Stone, a junior at Union County High School talked about his mentor, Rick Maddox and what his mentor means to him. Dylan and Rick have been meeting since Dylan was in 2nd grade! What an impact his mentor has had! Rick also spoke of Dylan and how he has watched him grow into a smart, determined, and caring young man and how he expects great things from him. We were also able to recognize Judy Mears, a mentor of 16 years. A big thanks to The Sawmill Place for the delicious meal. Chick-Fil-A supported us by providing gift cards as door prizes. Thank you to the Union County Civic Center for hosting us and the Alternative Education Program for allowing their students to help us set up and clean up the space. Union County Family Connection staff and board members, as well as UC CPAW board members also helped with set up, clean up and food serving. Of course we could not have the program without the support of Union County Schools, local churches, organizations and businesses who allow us to recruit mentors, and the caregivers and students who participate. Thank you all for making this event possible. If you are interested in learning more about the Mentor Program, please contact our office at 706-835-4351.