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Carolina Panthers linebacker Thomas Davis was the keynote speaker and Wanda Starke was honored for more than 20 years of service at An Evening of Magic, celebrating 40 years of mentoring magic, thanks to donors and volunteers like you! Watch as Wanda's little sister Courtney surprises her at WXII the day of the event! 


Wanda Starke, WXII-12


In July of 1995, I was assigned to do a story about Big Brothers Big Sisters. During this assignment, I attended a picnic where I met a little girl named Courtney. I learned that she was growing up without a mother. Courtney and her story grabbed my heart that day.

After much thought, I decided that I could find an hour a week to be a friend to a child like Courtney, and I signed up. Can you imagine my delight when I found myself matched with the little girl from the picnic? Yes, Courtney was going to be my new little sister.

As we got to know each other, Courtney and I became fast friends. She reminded me of myself at her age, because she also loved reading and the theatre. We had a great time together. Courtney and I continued our match through her graduation from high school. One of my greatest joys, and proudest moments, was seeing her graduate from college, where she was a great student.

It’s been more than 20 years since I first met the little girl who followed me around at the Big Brothers Big Sisters picnic. This relationship was so life changing for me, that I went on to matches with two additional little girls…Aniya and Khamiya. 

While I know I have made a difference in the lives of these three little girls, I know that in many ways, I am the one who received the most from my relationship with them. I am truly a better person for having known and spent time with these remarkable young ladies.


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