COLUMBUS – Michael Mohr was recognized Sunday evening by Big Pals Little Pals as the Big Pal of the Year.
Big Pals Little Pals held their annual awards banquet Sunday evening, to both recognize their current Big Pal Little Pal matches, in addition to announcing the Big Pal of the Year. After bing nominated by his Little Pal, Mohr was recognized with the Columbus organizations highest Big Pal’s honor. Mohr says the award is something he wasn’t expecting.
“No I wasn’t, I didn’t think I’d win it,” says Mohr, “I was just surprised.”
Mohr’s Little Pal Brady Hanks says his Big has always been their for him whenever things may become overwhelming, and says he is someone he’s always been able to rely on.
“He’s been on of my greatest people in my life. He’s always been there, he’s always been my friend. He’s always just had my back no matter what I’ve done or the mistakes that I’ve made, or the falters that I’ve done. He always just picks me up and helps me keep going,” says Hanks.
Match Coordinator Mary Ann Humphrey says Mohr has been a great part of the organization and is well deserving of this year’s honor. During the banquet, Humphrey talked about the the time when Mohr helped Hanks restore a desk that had been passed down in his family, but had suffered a broken leg .
“He’s been with Brady for over 4 years now and he’s one of his best friends and they do a lot of things together. And he showed him the special skill of how to refurbish furniture. and not everybody gets to know that talent and they fixed a broken leg and they revarnished it and now it’s a beautiful family keepsake,” says Humphrey.
There are currently 50 matches in the Columbus Big Pals Little Pals program, and both Jo Gillette and Brenda Vermeire are the longest participating active Big Pals at 12 years. Board President Lisa Cherry and Board Member Cheryl Noonan stepped down from their positions but will remain with the organization as Big Pals.