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Treasure Coast Square Macy’s nominated for Philanthropic Initiatives

By | November 9th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: |

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties was proud to nominate Geoff Lieberman of Macy’s for the prestigious Spirit of Philanthropy Award. Geoff is a leader in our community and always at the helm of cause giving. Geoff Lieberman is currently the Macy’s Volunteer Program Manager, Partners in Time.  Geoff leads a team of Macy’s stores in the district in Give Back, but also drives every initiative to the highest level down including mentoring colleagues. Geoff has won many awards from Macy’s regarding his “Magical” giveback results.

The Macy’s Jensen Beach Treasure Coast store was also nominated  in the Corporate Philanthropist Category.  It was a very proud night for the Macy’s team, pictured below, on November 7, 2018 at the National Philanthropy Day Event hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Treasure Coast Chapter.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Thanks you for Joining the Village at “An Evening to Remember”

By | May 1st, 2018|Categories: News|

Big Brothers Big Sisters Thanks you for Joining the Village at “An Evening to Remember”

On Saturday, April 28th Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties held its  annual recognition ceremony “An Evening to Remember” It Takes a Village presented by Dex Imaging. Honorees David Pittinos and Richard Bova received the Raising a Child and Raising Children Award, a special recognition given to individuals and businesses who are committed to changing young lives. Guests enjoyed a fun night of cocktails, culinary delights, croquet, and entertainment provided by the talented children in our programs Rhiannon, Sarah, and Sophie. The evening raised almost $25,000 to benefit mentoring programs.

In addition, volunteer mentors were honored with the annual “Big of the Year” title. Congratulations to the winners are Workplace Partner Kim Gibbons, Teen Big Kyla Shelling, Big Brother Richard Werkmeister and Big Sister of the Year Markella Haynes. Congratulations also to those who were nominated including volunteers Helen Porter, Jamie Irwin, Tara Bachinsky, Lindsey Bond, Sophie McClung,  Eric Salvati, Ashley Sagar, Natasha Chen, and Wanda Phillips.

Click here to watch a Video about Big Brothers Big Sisters

Click the link to view the Evening to Remember 2018 Photo Album

“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: or visit the United Way of Martin County webpage at


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.


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


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,, 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:

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 to learn more.

Media Contact: Jennifer Sardone-Shiner
JSS Marketing and PR
(561) 891-7278

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