SPOKANE-- Big Brothers, Big Sisters held one of its biggest fundraisers of the year. KREM 2's Ashley Korslien served as the emcee for the big event. She had the privilege of being one of the nearly 300 people who attended the annual benefit breakfast Friday morning.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Darrin Smith served as keynote speaker. The former Seattle Seahawk was a little brother himself growing up. He said his big brother in the program helped shape him into the man he is today.
"He was able to help me re-focus and help me understand the importance of hard work and using my time wisely," said Smith. "It really allowed me to become a success in life."
One of Smith's biggest fans at the even is current "little" 11-year-old Zae.
"I got his autograph and I talked to him and he said my name a few times on the podium so I was kind of happy," said Zae.
Zae is one of many children in the Inland Northwest whose life has been positively impacted by a big brother.
"It's a blessing to my heart knowing they have someone in their life that cares about them. That's going to really help guide them and direct them and give them that support as they continue to grow," said Smith.
It is that kind of support that Zae hopes other boys, just like him, have a chance to experience.
"For everybody who is not sure if they want a big brother, get one because it's fun. You'll have a fun time no matter where you are, no matter what you do with them. They will be awesome...you'll like it," raved Zae.