BBBS Jungle Gala gets Wild!
Nearly 700 guests were treated to an elegant evening in the jungle at this year's 18th Art of Helping Children Gala, held Sept. 10 and sponsored by USAmeriBank. The theme was a favorite, as guests were able to put a wild spin on their outfits, and were entertained by several exotic animals from Lowry Park Zoo.
Guests enjoyed a special presentation by Tampa Bay Rays’ president & BBBS Board member Brian Auld, who inspired many guests to invest in our programs by sponsoring new ‘matches’. Afterward there was music and dancing powered by the Ethan Parker Band.
Thanks to your support and generosity, including silent and live auctions, BBBS of Tampa Bay was able to raise nearly $400,000 to support our matches! View a photo slideshow HERE and see one of the videos starring former Little turned Big, Tiffany HERE!
USAmeribank sponsored the event, and also has employees in our new School To Work program. See the video HERE!
Candid photos HERE!
Set Up And Auction Items HERE!
Allegiant Flys into the Hearts of Littles!
As part of its “$1 Million Summer” promotion, Allegiant Airlines has donated $15,000 in free flights (75 round-trip tickets) to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. The tickets can be used on any Allegiant flight to the more than 50 cities the airline services out of St. Pete-Clearwater Airport, and can be used by Little Brothers and Little Sisters and their family members to visit college campuses and other trips that they otherwise could not afford. Allegiant is also one of the businesses at St. Pete-Clearwater Airport that will be part of a new workplace mentoring program for juniors at Clearwater High School beginning this fall. “We could not be happier with this partnership with Allegiant Air,” said BBBS of Tampa Bay president and CEO, Stephen Koch. The donation is part of Allegiant’s commitment to donate $1-million in free airfare to deserving organizations throughout the county. Check out the Facebook Live video HERE!
Matches Get the TB Rays on Field Experience!
Some of our matches got to visit the field at the Rays game this week! Before the Tampa Bay Rays took on the Padres, the matches had the opportunity to meet Chris Archer and Evan Longoria! For some of the Littles, this was their first MLB game. What a way to get introduced to baseball!
Bigs and Littles Splash and Slide to Fun!
Our school-based matches had a chance to reconnect on Friday night, when more than 200 site-based Bigs and Littles attended a summer swim party at the Highland Family Aquatics Center in Largo! Aside from the water slides, volleyball and other activities, the matches were treated to all-you-can-eat pizza and ice cream. A good time was had by all! Check out photos from the event HERE!
Graduating Littles Celebrate Together!
We saw our Littles successes first hand as they came together for the first annual Littles Graduation Party! Littles, their families, and their Bigs celebrated and were honored by Big Brothers Big Sisters staff members. This is just more proof. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay works. Congrats to all the graduating Littles!
Rain brings Bigs and Littles together at match picnic!
Our match picnic at Hillsborough River State Park was a success, despite the rain! The weather didn't shy away our matches, and our Bigs let a little of their kid spirit out. Check out photos from the event HERE!
Support Bowl For Kids' Sake!
Please support our 2016 Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser! You can help Big Brothers Big Sisters raise critical dollars to support our mentoring programs and change the lives of children facing adversity for the better, forever, across Tampa Bay. Even Steven Souza Jr. is doing it! Souza Jr. joined our VIP bowl last week, and everyone had a great time! Thanks to your support, we raised over $41,000! Check out photos from the event HERE! To create your own team and find locations of bowls near you, visit: BBBSTampaBay.org/Bowl.
Meet the 2016 Bigs and Littles of the Year!
School To Work Comes To Tampa!
BBBS launched its first School-to-Work program in February, a collaboration between the agency, Nielsen and the Hillsborough County School District. Under the program, the first of its kind in Tampa Bay, students from A.P. Leto High School are bused once a month to the Nielsen campus in Oldsmar, where employees serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters to the students. The matches, which continue through the students’ junior and senior years, will focus on individual support, guidance and friendship, as well as help preparing for life after graduation. This program helps students feel empowered and motivates their academic performance to obtain a higher level of education. Big Brothers Big Sister is always looking for new School-to-Work corporate partners! Contact DallasR@BBBSTampaBay.org for more information..
Little Helps On Big Day!
February 25th was the investiture of the Honorable Daryl Manning as a Judge of the County Court 13th Judicial Circuit for the State of Florida.Video. Tampa Bay Times article.
Judge Manning has been a Big Brother to Noah for over two years and asked Noah to hold the Bible as he took his oath with the Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court. In his remarks at the end of the ceremony, Judge Manning said he sees himself in Noah and wants to help encourage him through life as his parents did for him.
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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.”