Big Brothers Big Sisters Inaugural Puppet Theater Performance Set For Saturday At Fern Forest Nature Center

Jul 10, 1997, 01:00 ET from Arby's Foundation

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of
 Broward will culminate their 1997 Arby's Rockin' Hat Ranch program with the
 unveiling of a new puppet theater at the Fern Forest Nature Center and an
 inaugural performance set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the center.
     The project is part of an ongoing commitment to community service
 developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward's V.I.S.I.O.N. (Volunteers In
 Service In Our Neighborhoods) Committee in conjunction with the Arby's
 Foundation's Arby's Rockin' Hat Ranch program.
     The puppet theater was created by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward to
 educate children who visit the nature center about Florida's animals, their
 natural habitat, and environmental conservation.  The Fern Forest Nature
 Center staff often uses puppetry to educate the more than 7,000 school
 children who visit every year, but did not have the funding or manpower to
 develop a true theater.
     Bigs and Littles from the Broward agency, which already had a relationship
 with the center through a previous volunteer project, began work on the
 theater in April.  Sine then, matches have designed a set, constructed a
 stage, created puppets and developed a script for the play which will debut on
 Saturday.  Those who participated in the project earned community service
 points that entitle them to a weekend trip to the Space Camp Outer Space
 Adventure Tour in Titusville this fall.
     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward incorporated community service into
 their programming last year after participating in their first Arby's Rockin'
 Hat Ranch.  In 1996, 10 matches from the agency refurbished a storage room
 into a playroom for patients of North Broward Medical Center's pediatric care
 unit.  Bigs and Littles who were involved in the project continue to staff and
 upgrade the Arby's Rockin' Hat Ranch Playroom as a service to the hospital.
     The ranch program was developed by the Arby's Foundation to provide a
 setting in which children at-risk and their mentors learn leadership and life
 skills while providing a service to the community.
     "Young people, as part of their journey to a productive and fulfilling
 adulthood, need to see that they have a stake in the community, a meaningful
 role to play in it and reasons for investing in the future," said Ana Cedena,
 director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward.  "Many of the developmental
 needs of youth can be met through the mission of this community service
 learning program.  They can derive a sense of increased self-esteem, a deeper
 sense of confidence, a more comfortable feeling of belonging, security, and
 trust as well as a more developed sense of responsibility."
     Arby's Foundation Chairman Roland Smith said the ranch program has
 positive implications for ranch participants and the communities in which they
 live.
     "The rewards for participating matches and their communities are
 tremendous.  The community benefits from the service that is performed, such
 as the creation of a playroom for hospitalized children or the refurbishment
 of a public area, while the Littles and their adult volunteers experience the
 satisfaction of helping others," he said.  "The children and their mentors are
 to be commended for the work they've done in Broward County, and for their
 ongoing dedication to improving life for others in this community."
     The public is invited to attend the program on Saturday.  There is no
 charge for admission to the center, which is located at 201 Lyons Road South
 in Pompano Beach.
     The Fort Lauderdale-based Arby's Foundation, chartered to nurture families
 in need and their children, has contributed more than $8.5 million to Big
 Brothers Big Sisters of America since becoming the organization's national
 corporate sponsor in 1986.
 
 

SOURCE Arby's Foundation
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Big Brothers Big Sisters of
 Broward will culminate their 1997 Arby's Rockin' Hat Ranch program with the
 unveiling of a new puppet theater at the Fern Forest Nature Center and an
 inaugural performance set for 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at the center.
     The project is part of an ongoing commitment to community service
 developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward's V.I.S.I.O.N. (Volunteers In
 Service In Our Neighborhoods) Committee in conjunction with the Arby's
 Foundation's Arby's Rockin' Hat Ranch program.
     The puppet theater was created by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward to
 educate children who visit the nature center about Florida's animals, their
 natural habitat, and environmental conservation.  The Fern Forest Nature
 Center staff often uses puppetry to educate the more than 7,000 school
 children who visit every year, but did not have the funding or manpower to
 develop a true theater.
     Bigs and Littles from the Broward agency, which already had a relationship
 with the center through a previous volunteer project, began work on the
 theater in April.  Sine then, matches have designed a set, constructed a
 stage, created puppets and developed a script for the play which will debut on
 Saturday.  Those who participated in the project earned community service
 points that entitle them to a weekend trip to the Space Camp Outer Space
 Adventure Tour in Titusville this fall.
     Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward incorporated community service into
 their programming last year after participating in their first Arby's Rockin'
 Hat Ranch.  In 1996, 10 matches from the agency refurbished a storage room
 into a playroom for patients of North Broward Medical Center's pediatric care
 unit.  Bigs and Littles who were involved in the project continue to staff and
 upgrade the Arby's Rockin' Hat Ranch Playroom as a service to the hospital.
     The ranch program was developed by the Arby's Foundation to provide a
 setting in which children at-risk and their mentors learn leadership and life
 skills while providing a service to the community.
     "Young people, as part of their journey to a productive and fulfilling
 adulthood, need to see that they have a stake in the community, a meaningful
 role to play in it and reasons for investing in the future," said Ana Cedena,
 director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward.  "Many of the developmental
 needs of youth can be met through the mission of this community service
 learning program.  They can derive a sense of increased self-esteem, a deeper
 sense of confidence, a more comfortable feeling of belonging, security, and
 trust as well as a more developed sense of responsibility."
     Arby's Foundation Chairman Roland Smith said the ranch program has
 positive implications for ranch participants and the communities in which they
 live.
     "The rewards for participating matches and their communities are
 tremendous.  The community benefits from the service that is performed, such
 as the creation of a playroom for hospitalized children or the refurbishment
 of a public area, while the Littles and their adult volunteers experience the
 satisfaction of helping others," he said.  "The children and their mentors are
 to be commended for the work they've done in Broward County, and for their
 ongoing dedication to improving life for others in this community."
     The public is invited to attend the program on Saturday.  There is no
 charge for admission to the center, which is located at 201 Lyons Road South
 in Pompano Beach.
     The Fort Lauderdale-based Arby's Foundation, chartered to nurture families
 in need and their children, has contributed more than $8.5 million to Big
 Brothers Big Sisters of America since becoming the organization's national
 corporate sponsor in 1986.
 
 SOURCE  Arby's Foundation