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Senator secures $200,000 for program that helps inner city Charlotte kids

Bilange Katungu and Sequoia Southerland hold on tight while tubing behind a boat during the 10th annual Big Day at the Lake event in Cornelius in July 2014.
Bilange Katungu and Sequoia Southerland hold on tight while tubing behind a boat during the 10th annual Big Day at the Lake event in Cornelius in July 2014. Charlotte Observer file photo

N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Cornelius, has secured $200,000 in discretionary money from the state’s general fund for Charlotte-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.

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N.C. Sen. Jeff Tarte, R-Cornelius Charlotte Observer file photo

Tarte said he has seen the positive difference the non-profit makes in children and teens.

He and his family have hosted kids from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas each summer as part of the all-volunteer Big Day at the Lake initiative. The event matches the kids with volunteer boaters such as the Tartes for a fun day on the lake. The kids fish, boat and swim, enjoy a cookout and make lasting friends with the hosts and their families.

Tarte presented the check to leaders of the organization at the Cornelius home of Big Day at the Lake co-founders Dave and Tracy Yochum on Friday.

“This is a good way to put money into a successful program with a demonstrated track record,” Tarte told the Observer, hours before the gathering.

Big Day at the Lake has raised almost $1 million for Big Brothers Big Sisters over 13 years. The state contribution brings that to about $1.15 million, Dave Yochum said. The next Big Day at the Lake is July 22. Details: http://bigdayatthelake.com/ .

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak

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