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Boys gain new mentors at 'Ties That Bind' luncheon

Nearly 40 young men now have a new necktie hanging in their closet thanks to Phoebe’s fifth annual “Ties That Bind” luncheon on Thursday. / Mary Green

Nearly 40 young men now have a new necktie hanging in their closet thanks to Phoebe’s fifth annual “Ties That Bind” luncheon on Thursday.

The event connects boys in absent-father homes with male community mentors.

Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer at MCLB Albany, addressed the group on the importance of finding and developing mentors as they follow their dreams.

“Don’t let the obstacles determine your success in life,” he told them.

Wise words, especially considering the obstacle at hand: tying their new ties.

Each boy learned this valuable lesson from his new mentor.

Jacorie Daniel, a 12 year old from Atlanta who’s in Southwest Georgia for the summer, paired up with Gunnery Sgt. Jimmie Smith from MCLB Albany, who admitted he had to brush up on his tying skills via YouTube before the event.

Thankfully for Daniel, Smith had other advice to offer as well.

“Stay humble to himself and the community, and he’ll go far,” he said.

It’s something all 40 of the day’s mentors are already living out.

“It’s very important for us to get out there and touch bases with everyone and find out what they need and what we can contribute to them to make their life a whole lot better,” Smith said.

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