As managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company, James “Jim” Ahern arranges financing for public and private organizations. Beyond his activities at Laidlaw, James “Jimmy” Ahern serves on the board of overseers for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay.
Throughout the year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay hosts a number of events to raise money to continue its programs for youth in need. The organization is preparing for several upcoming events, including its annual YPG (Young Professionals Group) Casino Night.
Hosted by the Young Professionals Group Executive Committee, Casino Night is a fun evening featuring drinks, hors d’oeuvres, dancing, and casino-style gaming. Prizes are awarded to the top casino players, and attendees have a chance to win items in a raffle.
All funds raised through YPG Casino Night benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay. Online registration is open for the organization’s next Casino Night, which will take place on the evening of Saturday, April 21, 2018. For more information, visit www.bbbsmb.org.
Bigs in Blue
Since 2010, James “Jim” Ahern Laidlaw has serves as managing partner and head of capital markets at Laidlaw & Company. To give back to his community, Jim Ahern Laidlaw is heavily involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay (BBBSMB).
Recently, BBBSMB announced a partnership with the Boston Police Department to launch a Bigs in Blue mentorship program. This program will connect young people from around the greater Boston area to current police officers. Ideally, this pairing results in a lasting relationship not just between the two individuals, but also between communities and law enforcement.
BBBSMB ultimately envisioned the program after witnessing the strained relationship that exists between current police officers and the communities in which they serve. Bigs in Blue aims to inspire greater trust in law enforcement among Boston youth and provide police officers with a different perspective of what living in the community is like.
The first Bigs in Blue Program launched with the Barnstable Police Department in December. The larger Big Brothers Big Sisters of America plans to raise $5 million to support the Massachusetts program and similar ones in other cities across the nation.