Local News Release

Contact Information:
Kori Jock
Director of Development
269-382-6800 ext. 103

For Immediate Release
June 3, 2019

Two-time plane crash survivor, former U-M basketball player Austin Hatch to headline Big Brothers Big Sisters’ 2019 Benefit Dinner

Kalamazoo, MI — Austin Hatch will be the featured guest speaker at Big Brothers Big Sisters 42nd Annual Benefit Dinner on Monday, June 10 and will be available for media interviews prior to the event. Hatch is a two-time plane crash survivor, former member of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, and inspirational speaker. He will share his story of overcoming great odds to fulfill his dream of playing Big 10 basketball and help inspire others towards continuous improvement.

DATE: Monday, June 10, 2019

TIME: Interviews will be scheduled in 30-minute blocks between 2 and 4 p.m.

SCHEDULING: Please contact Kori Jock at KoriJock@bbbsmi.org or 269-382-6800 ext. 103 to schedule an interview.

PLACE: The Stone Theater, in the Lower Level of the Radisson Plaza Hotel

EVENT INFO: Members of the press are invited to cover Hatch’s speech later in the evening (approximately 8:30 p.m.). Prior arrangements must be made with Kori Jock (contact info above).

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Benefit Dinner Facts

  • This is the 42nd Annual Benefit Dinner.
  • The funds generated at the Benefit Dinner account for more 40 percent of the agency’s annual revenue.
  • Past Benefit Dinner speakers include Tim Lester, John Beilein, Tom Izzo, Jim Schwartz, Greg Jennings, Lindsay Tarpley, Mark Dantonio, Sparky Anderson, Kirk Gibson, and Bo Schembechler.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters

For more than 100 years nationally and 61 years locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (Bigs) and children (Littles).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing support and evaluation that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that Littles will perform better in school, have increased self-esteem, avoid situations that could limit their future success, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Big Brothers Big Sisters, A Community of Caring serves children in Kalamazoo, Allegan, Calhoun, and Van Buren counties. Learn how you can defend children’s potential by donating or volunteering at www.ThinkBigToday.org.