Meet the 2016 Bigs and Littles of the Year!
Rays named Knight Parade grand marshals, select BBBS as community partner
The Tampa Bay Rays have been named the grand marshals of February’s Krewe of Sant’ Yago Knight Parade and have selected BBBS of Tampa Bay as their special guests, a tribute to the great relationship between the Rays and our organization. A Tampa tradition since the 1970s, the illuminated parade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 13, in historic Ybor City. “The Rays have a tremendous impact on our community and we look forward to highlighting their great work,” said Louis Campanello, Krewe of the Knights of Sant’ Yago member and parade chairman. As guests of the Rays, BBBS will be able to have representatives on both the Grand Marshall and Rays floats, have volunteers march in the parade, and have a special viewing area for our supporters. BBBS will also be involved in several other parade-related activities, as well as other events connected to the month-long Gasparilla celebration, which will provide excellent opportunities for promotion, fundraising and recruitment. Thanks you, Rays, for inviting us aboard!
#GivingTuesday donations reach $5,355
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay participated in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving, on December 1st and the Tampa Bay community responded with $5,355 in donations, our largest #GivingTuesday total yet! On behalf of all the staff, volunteers and children we serve, please accept our thanks for your kindness. Because of your generosity, we will be able to match four children from our waiting list with caring adult role models. Last year, more than 27,000 organizations in 68 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. Thank you, Tampa Bay, for helping change the lives of children throughout our community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters adds 345 new applicants during “100 Men in 100 Days” Campaign
A 100-day agency-wide initiative by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay to recruit more male volunteers resulted in 345 new applicants between July 1 and Oct. 8. The majority of the approximately 1,000 area kids who are waiting for a mentor are boys, so the organization embarks on an annual campaign to raise awareness and recruit new potential Big Brothers. This year’s efforts included numerous special events, including happy hours throughout the Tampa Bay area, an afternoon at the Ferrari of Tampa Bay dealership in Palm Harbor, and attending a Bucs morning practice during summer training camp. BBBS of Tampa Bay has several programs that match caring, positive role models with children facing adversity in the Tampa Bay area. For just a few hours a month you can make a difference in the life of a child by spending quality time together at a sporting event, going to the beach, attending art shows or whatever activities you and your “Little” find appealing.
Left, former Big Brother Bill Patchett, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO Pam Iorio, Port Richey Police Chief Rob Lovering. Patchett and Chief Lovering were matched through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and were reunited at the Gala, after losing touch 20 years ago.
Donations generated at the 17th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay Art of Helping Children Gala, held at the Mariott Waterside for a sold-out crowd of 660 supporters, will help match and support more than 300 new relationships between volunteer mentors and area children facing adversity. The event, sponsored by The Broadrick Family Foundation and entitled “An Evening of Wine & Roses” raised more than $400,000 and included an emotional reunion after 20 years for Port Richey Police Chief Rob Lovering, a Little Brother while growing up in New Jersey, and Bill Patchett, his former Big Brother. The evening also honored Alan Cohen and 13-year-old SirGiorgio, the Big and Little Brother of the Year, as well as Tammy Curtis and Heather, the Big And Little Sister of the Year. In addition, the organization announced they would designate an honorary Big/Little match each year in honor of Ron and Tami Sheehan-Broadrick for their longtime support of BBBS. Former WFLA anchor and current Big Sister Gayle Sierens served as emcee.
Read Tampa Bay Times columnist John Romano's story about Port Richey police chief Rob Lovering and his surprise reunion with former Big, Bill Patchett Romano column
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay Receives Top Recognition as Local Non-profit of the Year and Gold Standard Winner through Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
The local agency is honored for leadership, growth and dedication to helping area youth
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay is being recognized locally and nationally for outstanding service to kids in the community. The nonprofit provides caring adult mentors (called ‘Big Brothers’ or ‘Big Sisters’) to children (called ‘Little Brothers’ or ‘Little Sisters’) who are facing adversity. The children may be coping with a parent who is incarcerated or perhaps, they’re being raised in a single-parent home.
The mentoring organization was named the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2015 Nonprofit of the Year in the area of Public and Societal Benefit at an award luncheon June 11th. Each year the TBBJ honors organizations that demonstrate strong financial best practices to help meet service goals.
The agency also received the Gold Standard Award from the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Leadership Council. The Gold Standard Awards recognize the very best agencies that have increased their revenue by at least 5-percent, grown their overall annual number of Big/Little matches in 2014 and other quality metrics. In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay served nearly 3,100 children. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay got its start in 1964 and now serves seven counties: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk, Pasco, Citrus, Hernando and Sumter.
“Awards like this are never a singular accomplishment. This is not just a Big Brothers Big Sisters achievement; it signals growth for our entire community,” said Stephen Koch, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc. “We strive every day to support area children through mentorship. It is truly a testament to the work done on the front line by our program staff as well as great volunteers.”