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Pay It Forward nominee spreads anti-bullying message to youth in the community

On behalf of Independent Bank and NBC 25, Dr. Brian Ivory is our Pay it forward nominee this week with a check for $500.



Let us introduce you to NBC 25â??s latest Pay It Forward nominee and by some stretch of the imagination, you could say that it goes to not one but two individuals.



After graduating from Michigan State University and then a clown college in the mid-80s, Mott Community College's Dr. Brian Ivory followed a dream and, for ten years, worked as a professional clown.



Dr. Ivory said, â??Once I started the service class here at Mott it was just a matter of time until I convinced myself that I wanted to bring out the old clown boots and grease paint and encourage students to join me in the community.â??



Since their first performance in 2012, Dr. Bubba, as he's called when performing, and his students have shared laughter and a serious message about anti-bullying to 6,500 students in performances like this one.



â??Just to see them enter the space and their eyes and their attention, um, and their inquisitiveness goes up immensely,â?? Dr. Ivory says.



NBC 25 asked, â??Do you think you're making a difference?â??



Dr. Ivory says, â??Absolutely. Absolutely.â??



Because of the impact on his Mott Community College students and his selfless devotion to spreading an anti-bullying message to the youth of our community.



On behalf of Independent Bank and NBC 25, Dr. Brian Ivory is our Pay it forward nominee this week with a check for $500.



Dr. Ivory said, â??Thank you, thank you very much. This will go right to the troupe. This will go right to our school shows and we couldn't be happier. Thank you very, very much.â??



If you'd like to nominate someone from our community for our Independent Bank NBC 25 Pay It Forward Award and win $500, click here.

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