One in three youth in Dallas lack a mentor in their lives. For children facing adversity, a one-to-one relationship with a caring adult can change their lives forever.
ORIX Assistant General Counsel Mike Wurst passed away a little over a year ago, but his legacy lives on through a $25,000 grant established to honor his lifelong journey of helping others. Mike was particularly interested in working with nonprofits that inspire young people to succeed.
On Valentine’s Day, the ORIX Foundation spread Mike’s love for helping the disadvantaged in our community by presenting the Mike Wurst Community Leadership Award to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas (BBBS). Mike’s wife Robin Minick joined ORIX to present the $25,000 grant that will support BBBS’ Bigs in Blue initiative that connects youth, fire fighters and police officers through mentoring.
“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Dallas is thrilled to be honored with the Mike Wurst Community Leadership Award,” said Bill Chinn, Greater Dallas Market President of BBBS. “The associated funds will be used to match children in the Dallas Area facing adversity with mentors from the Police and Fire Departments.”
The Mike Wurst Community Leadership Award was developed to recognize nonprofits in the Dallas area that show exceptional leadership in the mentorship and development of children. The grant is awarded during ORIX Foundation’s annual grant cycle.
“I knew and worked with Mike for over a decade, and know he would have been proud to support Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bigs and Blue program,” said Jim Dunn, Head of ORIX Real Estate Americas, ORIX Foundation board member, and board member and mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters. “It’s an honor to carry on Mike’s legacy by recognizing a charity that demonstrates his values and shares his passion for serving our community.”