Charles Gamble, of Woodbridge, was recently named Big Brother of the Year by Big Brother Big Sisters of Connecticut. The award was presented at the Mark Twain House & Museum in Hartford at the organization’s Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Year Awards event. The event was held live after 2 years of being staged virtually, due to the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis.
Gamble, who’s the Chief Operating Officer at New Haven-based Inbox Health, is a Big Brother (adult mentor) in the Big Brothers Big Sisters community-based program. He currently mentors a young man named Rell, who lives with his family in New Haven. This isn’t Gamble’s first experience with mentoring. He was a Big Brother when he was a college student in Washington years ago. Also, prior to mentoring Rell, Gamble was Big Brother to Rell’s older sibling T.J. for 5 years.
Since Gamble started mentoring Rell in 2020, the two have had many mentoring adventures together. One they still talk about involved taking off from a local airfield in a small plane and soaring high above the Connecticut skyline. Gamble received the flight as a gift and decided to share it with Rell, who got to sit next to the pilot in the co-pilot’s seat and stare out the window in awe as they cruised over Hartford like hawks on the wing. It was Rell’s first time in an airplane and he was beyond thrilled.
“Charlie Gamble is a committed and exceptional mentor,” said Tara Gill, Director of the Community-Based Program at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut. “He’s provided caring, consistent mentoring, first for T.J. and now for T.J.’s younger brother, Rell.”
Pictured at the Mark Twain House & Museum the evening of the awards event is Big Brother of the Year Charles Gamble and his Little Brother Rell