Tallahassee Big Brother Honored by President Obama in Washington

By: Matt Galka Email
By: Matt Galka Email

TALLAHASSEE -- June 18, 2012 --

On the porch of the Taylor Museum in Frenchtown, Delaitre Hollinger, 18, and Brent Hartsfield, a little older, chat like two old friends. That's because at this point, they are.

"I met Delaitre about seven years ago, that's when I became his Big Brother. He was 12 years old and at that time, just a kid," said Hartsfield.

"The past seven years have been really wonderful, and it's been great having a father figure and someone I can really talk to about any and everything," said Hollinger.

Their seven year friendship was recognized nationally on June 12th, 2012. Brent was honored at the White House as the 2012 National Big Brother of the Year, and right by his side was his little brother, Delaitre.

"We met the President in the Oval Office, which is a very cool experience, he shook my hand and said 'Thank you for being a mentor and a Big Brother," remembered Hartsfield about the trip.

Hartsfield didn't get involved with the program for recognition, he didn't even know there was an award for Big Brother of the Year. He got into it to help kids like Delaitre.

After the honor, they'll still do all the things they did before, like go to museums and their favorite Chines restaurant. Delaitre will be the first to tell you, this honor for Brent has been a long time coming.

"It means so much to me because Brent has been my Big Brother of the Year for the past seven years."


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