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Big Brothers-Big Sisters fundraising event
Last night, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Northwest Florida celebrated their 25th anniversary with a big party they called "A Diamond in the Rough."
400 people attended the gala at New World Landing in downtown Pensacola tonight.
The fundraising event offered wine tastings, gourmet food, entertainment, dancing and auctions.
Channel 3's Sue Straughn and Lewis and Belle Bear, were honored tonight as founders of the local chapter and their 25 years of service.
Pamela Woodiwiss said, "It really all started because of a Navy Chaplain. She moved to Pensacola, wanted to be a big sister, and we didn't have a chapter here. So she actually contacted the Chamber of Commerce, and that's where they contacted Sue Straughn, and Lewis and Belle Bear, and that's how this all got started."
Big Brothers-Big Sisters finds adult mentors for children ages 6 through 18 who come primarily from single-parent homes.
In its 25 years, the group has helped more than 5-thousand children in Northwest Florida.