Tuesday night, April 7th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Alabama will host an inspirational evening called 'Shining Stars' at Cypress Inn Pavilion. 

Tickets are still available for this once in a lifetime night with special guest speaker, Coach Gene Stallings, featuring Jay Deas. Plus, former "Littles" and "Bigs" will share their stories of how much being a part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) program has impacted their lives.

BBBS is a non-profit organization whose goal is to help all children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with volunteer mentors.

They're one of the oldest and largest youth mentoring organizations in the United States and mentor children of all ages in communities across the country.

I can speak first hand, as a former "Little," the impact of this program on a child and their mentor is immeasurable. My Big Brother Jimmy was more than a "Big," he was my friend and someone I could talk to about anything. My biological father was a part of my life but we lived in different states. My mother's reasoning for signing me up with BBBS was so that I could have a male figure in my life on a more regular basis. Her decision changed my life and made me the man I am today.

A very limited number of tickets are still available online or by calling 205-758-5734.