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“Character Counts!” and United Way of Martin County Awards BBBS $500.00 for the #LittleActsBigChange Challenge!

By | November 15th, 2017|Categories: News, Upcoming Events|Tags: , , , |

 

November 2017 – “Character Counts!” of Martin County awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. $500.00 towards the #LittleActsBigChange Challenge. Watch for our Littles and Bigs in the month of February 2018 completing “Random Act of Kindness.” The challenge would begin with a match activity that explores the Six Pillars of “Character Counts!” and how each pillar could be put into actions through random acts of kindness. The Matches will then come up with ways to promoting “Character Counts!” during “Random Acts of Kindness” week.  Big Brothers Big Sister of Palm Beach and Martin County, Inc. provides service project for its Littles and Bigs regularly to teach a sense of community and propose to our Littles. Our Matches will spread awareness of “Character Counts!” in Martin County through “Random Acts of Kindness” and social media posting. United Way of Martin County has provided “Character Counts!” program to Martin County children since 1996.

To learn more about “Character Counts!” Contact: hlaiben@unitedwaymartin.org or visit the United Way of Martin County webpage at http://www.unitedwaymartin.org/CharacterCounts

 

Freedom Boat Club “Boating Big!” Campaign for Big Brothers Big Sisters

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Events, News, Uncategorized|

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties are very appreciative of several individuals who help to provide experiences of a lifetime to youth in Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Barry Weintraub, a member of Freedom Boat Club of the Palm Beaches, wanted to share his boating experiences with others. He knew that many children in our programs would never experience boating, the beaches, or fishing even though they live just miles from the ocean. Barry is a generous and giving individual.  He became involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties in 2011 when he became a Big Brother mentor.

Barry began by committing to a fishing trip the first Saturday of each month rain or shine for Big Brothers Big Sisters mentors and their Littles. This experience has taken off and is Big Brothers Big Sisters most highly sought after event, serving about forty children and volunteers each year. The matches spend the morning cruising around the Intracoastal on the boat with Captain Barry and his Co-Captain, Realtor Adam Gutmann. They drop a few lines and hope to catch fish, and then enjoy lunch provided by Freedom Boat Club. 

Freedom Boat Club of Palm Beach and Martin has started their own “Boating Big! All Aboard for Littles” fundraising campaign. For the 2nd year in the franchisor’s 26-year history, Freedom Boat Club’s corporate ownership and franchise owner’s/operator’s will work together in a cause marketing program and platform to raise both awareness and funds for this well-respected 111-year old organization.  “We are very excited and enthusiastic to continue working with Big Brothers Big Sisters and to support the outstanding work they do in serving young people,” said Dan Lund, owner, Freedom Boat Club Palm Beach & Martin Counties.

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTER’S BIG TASTE OF MARTIN COUNTY RAISED ATTENDANCE, AWARENESS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND MONEY FOR PROGRAMS

By | October 20th, 2017|Categories: Events, News, Upcoming Events|

BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTER’S BIG TASTE OF MARTIN COUNTY RAISED ATTENDANCE, AWARENESS, COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND MONEY FOR PROGRAMS

October 20, 2017- (Stuart, FL) – Known as the Big Taste of Martin County, this annual fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties was held for the first time at The Stuart Jet Center on Tuesday, October 10th.

This premier food and wine festival of the Treasure Coast delighted hundreds of attendees.
The jet hanger was a great place for this fundraiser. Nearly 700 people attended from the community to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.

There was wall to wall food and drinks by restaurants throughout Martin County sampling and serving up bites of their signature dishes. All attendees were invited to vote on their favorites.
The winners were: Best Beverage -Cultured Cocktails, Best Frozen Dessert- Whit’s Frozen Custard, Best Appetizer –Stuart Boathouse, Best Dessert- Martin County Highschool Culinary Arts, Best Soup- The Gafford, Best Entrée’ and Best Presentation- Kyle G’s Prime seafood & Steaks.

The community came together for an evening of fun, food, wine, and music.  Emceed by Virginia Sinicki (a former Big Sister) from the KVJ Show on 97.9 WRMF, the entertainment from the Samantha Russell Band kept the music going all night long from pop hits to country chart toppers. By the end of the evening guests were dancing.

The silent auction and raffles were a big hit as many bid on the sought-after prizes from places like Disney, Aquatica, SeaWorld, Marriott, Florida Panthers and many more. For an upgrade, guests could enjoy the new Hospitality Tent area that was sponsored by: JetLoan Capital, Laird Smith and Treasure Coast Estate Buyers.
The evening brought together everyone for an incredible cause as the Big Taste of Martin County supported their mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever throughout Palm Beach and Martin Counties. The event raised over $50,000 allowing Big Brothers Big Sisters to continue to impact lives of young children of our community.

“The Taste of Martin County has showcased the generosity of our community and local restaurants for 21 years. This year we were excited to welcome beverage vendors as well. We are grateful for partnerships like this that allow us to offer career, community and educational experiences that positively change children’s lives” says Yvette Flores, Executive Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
Signature Sponsor: Publix Super Market Charities; Benefactor Sponsors: Treasure Coast ENT, Rick Carrol Insurance, Southern Eagle, Treasure Coast ENT, FPL, Bayview Construction Corp., Von Ohlen Team, Byers, and Independent Financial Solutions, Inc.; Sponsor a Child for a Year Sponsor: Macy’s, Avonda Raymond James, Advantage Ford, and JetLoan Capital; Corporate Sponsors: Wallace Volkswagon, Thrivent Financial and Freedom Waste/Portalets. Hospitality Sponsors: Laird Smith and Treasure Coast Estate Buyers. Media Sponsors: Stuart Magazine, Localdines.com, TC Palm, Alpha Media, Seabreeze Publications, Pineapple Post, Ocean Media, and the Coast 101.3fm radio.

*Taste of Martin County Photo Gallery*


Upcoming Events: The Santa Claus open Golf Tournament-December 8th & Pre-tournament Cocktail party- December 7th to be held at the Stuart Yacht & Country Club. For more information visit: www.mentorbig.org.


About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties:
BBBS provides children facing adversity aged 6-17 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide. BBBSA recognized CEO William P. Bee Jr. as “CEO of the Year- Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

Media Contact: Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
JSS Marketing and PR
(561) 891-7278
jssmarketingpr@gmail.com

Thank you to School to Work Supporters

By | August 4th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|

On behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, we would like to thank you for supporting the School to Work Program. On the night of Wednesday, August second, twenty four youth shared their appreciation to the businesses, mentors, guest speakers, peers, guardians, and supporters for the opportunity to complete hands on learning and internships at several Palm Beach County businesses. The children completed the program feeling a sense of direction for their future, pathways to achieve successes, and new relationships to support their dreams. We wanted to share just one thank you note from a student who successfully completed the program:

I would like to personally show my appreciation for your out most impacts in my life. Thank you for the laughs, the lessons, the motivations, thank you for the inspiration and all others things you guys, and your guest speakers have implanted in my life. Thank you to the sponsors and everyone that have  put their heart into creating such an enriching program, though I only stayed with you guys for a few weeks, your impacts will be remembered for a life time. Most of all thank you for pushing my dreams of change in the world. I hope to let you guys see your impact in the future through my actions. Again I say thank you.

Although many of you know that mentoring changes lives for the better forever, we would also like to share a success story that started five years ago. The guest speakers for the evening were Willie Perez, Marshon Brown and Jameriah Robinson. Mr. Perez is Regional Security Manager and an Alumni Big Brother mentor. In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters introduced him to his mentees Marshon and Jameriah. During their mentorship, they patrolled the CityPlace, wrote essays, and met local business owners. Perez saw the impact he was creating and hired the two young men as CityPlace Ambassadors. Almost five years later, Perez shares that although he volunteered to change their lives, he learned more from them then he can ever thank them for. Both of the young men plan on giving back to their community and want to continue into law enforcement. Perez has saved all of their essays and plans to give them to Marshon and Jameriah at their police academy graduation. Please enjoy graduation photos here

Thank you again to our current partners including Palm Beach County Youth Services, Lost Tree Village Charitable Foundation, William and Helen Thomas Charitable Trust, The Jim Moran Foundation, NetOne Technologies, Ranger Construction, Chen Moore and Associates, Village Of Wellington, West Palm Beach Police Department, Salvation Army, Delray Medical Center, Mandel Public Library and BusOne. Also thank you to guest speakers Barbara Wymer, Kyle Cheerangie, Alicia Abrahams, Kim Gibbons, Portia Culley, Gizelle Reyes, Lourdes Sanchez, Lynette Levy, Vivi Ahrenstein, Jean Fadael, and Alexandria Cunningham. Lastly this program would not be possible without the School to Work Committee including Bob Schafer, Richard Bova, Todd LaVogue, and Samantha Reilly. Thank you!

 

BBBSPBMC’s Tournament “Driving for a Future” was a BIG Success

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: News|

Stuart-April 4th, 2017– The weather was perfect and the generosity was flowing. Treasure Coast Estate buyers, Andrew Hunt, and the Yacht & Country club partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBSPBMC) for our 21st annual Big Golf Tournament. The Big tournament typically held in conjunction with the Taste of Martin County was a standalone event this year due to the Taste being changed to October 10, 2017 in its new location, the Stuart Jet Center.

The festivities were located at the scenic private Yacht & Country Club in Stuart. Golfers enjoyed a brunch, barbeque dinner, along with refreshments on the course, and goody bags filled with gift certificates to Gaffords, golf balls, Hi-Tide sunglasses, and much more. Mr. Laird Smith was the proud winner of our live auction a Foursome to the Medalist Golf Club. Thanks to the generosity from local businesses and the golfers who participated in this year’s event BBBSPBMC was able to raise funds to support mentoring programs that help change children’s lives for the better, forever.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity aged 6-18 with volunteer mentors who serve as positive role models. Since 1986 the organization has provided mentors to children in Martin County and since July 2010 in Palm Beach County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) recognized the Martin County organization in 2007 as one of the 35 best performing agencies nationwide.  South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. In 2015, the agency was awarded the Doyle Award for Nonprofit Excellence by the Sun Sentinel. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

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