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Bristol man is Big Brother of the Year

A local man is the Indiana Big Brother of the Year.

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 1:00 a.m.

ELKHART — A local man is the Big Brother of the Year for the state of Indiana.

Brock Welch of Bristol is a board member and volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County, according to a press release from the organization. He was selected as the state’s Big Brother of the Year from more than 20 agencies in Indiana for his friendship and guidance to his Little Brother, Damien.

Welch has been matched with Damien since June 2007.

Welch is an active member of the agency’s board of directors, fundraising efforts and a champion of one-to-one mentoring, according to information from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Elkhart County.

“We are so proud of Brock and for all the ways that he goes the extra mile to help his Little and the agency,” said Stephanie Patka, executive director of the local agency, in the release.

Welch is the third “Big” to be recognized at the state level in the past four years. Past recipients have included Big Brother Randy Moore in 2009 and Big Family David and Karen Rohm in 2011.

Big Brothers Big Sisters requires each adult mentor, or “Big,” to spend between four and eight hours a month with the child each is matched with. For more information or to volunteer contact 875-1039 or

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