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Local Restaurants Give Back to Martin County

By | March 28th, 2011|Categories: News|

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Thornberry

kthornberry@mentorbig.org

Phone: 772-283-8373

 

Local Restaurants Give Back to Martin County

Stuart, FL (March 28, 2011)- 28 local restaurants, chefs and bakeries have signed up to participate in the 15th Annual Big Taste, the major fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS). For just $30 per person or two for $50 (advanced ticket sales) Martin County residents can enjoy a taste from these delicious, and philanthropic, local businesses.

 

“We invite everyone to please join us on April 5th at The Evergreen Club in Palm City to support Big Brothers Big Sisters, and remember these restaurants the next time you’re looking for a place to go out to eat!”  said BBBS President/CEO Bill Bee. “The Big Taste provides an opportunity for us to come together as a community and celebrate the generosity and dedication of these restaurants. We are lucky to live in such a charitable community.”

 

Committed restaurants include: Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Artichoke Cafe, Big Apple Pizza, Carmella’s Brick Oven Pizza, Charlie’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Chef Mark Muller, Edible Spirits, Ian’s Tropical Grill, Indian River State College School of Culinary Arts, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Keylime Cafe, La Bortaga, Manero’s, Martin County High School Culinary School, Mulligan’s Beach House, Padrino’s Original Hoagies, Palm City Grill, Palm Cove Sports Grill, Panera, Pei Wei Asian Diner, Publix Super Markets, Southern Pride, Splash Poolside Bar and Grill, The Chef’s Table, The Evergreen Club and TooJay’s.

 

For a complete list of restaurants and their entries, please visit www.thebigtaste.net.

 

Discounted advanced tickets are on sale now at www.thebigtaste.net, BBBS offices at 5033 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart FL 34997 or any Martin County branch of Seacoast Bank for $30 each or two for $50. Tickets will be available at the door for $40 each.

 

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

BBBS provides at-risk children ages 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. BBBSA recognized CEO Bill Bee as “CEO of the Year – Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS Martin County in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.mentorbig.org to learn more.

 

 

The Big Taste Welcomes Returning Restaurants

By | March 21st, 2011|Categories: News|

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Thornberry

kthornberry@mentorbig.org

Phone: 772-283-8373

 

The Big Taste Welcomes Returning Restaurants

 

Stuart, FL (March 21, 2011)- Virtually all of the contestants from 2010 are returning to compete in the 15th Annual Big Taste, to be held at The Evergreen Club in Palm City on April 5th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. The Big Taste is the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS), and over 1,200 attendees are expected this year.

 

“Not only do we get to support a great organization, we get a lot of exposure for participating in The Big Taste,” said Key Lime Café owner John White, 2010 winner for Best Salad. “The event allows us to showcase our food to potential customers while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters. It keeps us coming back year after year.”

 

“The Big Taste is a fundraiser, of course,” said BBBS President and CEO Bill Bee. “But we work hard to make sure it has a good return for our restaurants and sponsors as well as for the agency. However, we always try to make this a community event.”

 

“We look forward to The Big Taste every year,” said Lillian Chase with Publix Supermarkets, who also serves on the Board of Trustees for BBBS. “It’s a great way to show our support.”

 

All of the following 2010 competitors will return this year:

Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Big Apple Pizza, Charlie’s Neighborhood Grill, Ian’s Tropical Grill, Indian River State College School of Culinary Arts (2010 Winner- Best Dessert), Key Lime Café (2010 Winner- Best Salad), Manero’s, Mulligan’s, Palm City Grill, Panera, Pei Wei, PRP Wine, Publix, Southern Pride and Too Jay’s (2010 Winner- Best Presentation).

 

New contestants this year include:

Carmela’s Brick Oven Pizza, Mark J. Muller Private Chef, The Chef’s Table, Edible Spirits, Martin County High School Academy of Culinary Arts, Padrino’s Original Hoagies, Palm Cove Golf and Yacht Club, Splash Poolside Bar and Café and The Evergreen Club.

 

Tickets are on sale at www.thebigtaste.net as well as at the BBBS offices at 5033 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart FL 34997 and at all Martin County Seacoast Bank branches. Advanced tickets are $30 each or two for $50, or $40 at the door.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

BBBS provides at-risk children ages 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. BBBSA recognized CEO Bill Bee as “CEO of the Year – Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS Martin County in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.MentorBig.org to learn more.

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc Seeking Donations For Annual Prom Dash

By | March 21st, 2011|Categories: News|

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Thornberry

kthornberry@mentorbig.org

Phone: 772-283-8373

 

Stuart, FL (March 16, 2011)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc. (BBBS) is asking for donations of formal dresses for the 2011 Prom season.  Any girl at Jensen Beach, Martin County and South Fork High Schools struggling with the costly expense of Prom is invited to schedule a confidential appointment to select a dress. The BIG Boutique will be open starting March 28th, 2011.

 

“Prom is such a special event for teenagers. Prom Dash helps our local students have an incredible night they will always remember,” said Cheryl Salerno, Match Support Specialist with BBBS. “Everyone deserves to enjoy their Prom. We’re asking for dresses and shoes of all sizes. Gift certificates for dry cleaning, makeovers and up-dos are also really appreciated. Just think of everything that made your Prom special- these girls want the same thing.”

 

“Students always look forward to their Prom night,” said Ms. Jacqueline Townsend, teacher at South Fork High School. “It’s fantastic that Big Brothers Big Sisters is able to help so many of our teenagers have a memorable experience.”

 

Donations can be dropped off at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties’ offices, located at 5033 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart FL 34997, or at Plato’s Closet 2464 SE Federal Hwy, Stuart FL 34994. For more information about Prom Dash and how you can help, please call 772-283-8373.

 

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

 

BBBS provides at-risk children ages 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. BBBSA recognized CEO Bill Bee as “CEO of the Year – Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS Martin County in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.MentorBig.org to learn more.

 

Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Sobel, Bush & McCluskey, LLP Sponsoring The 15th Annual Big Taste!

By | March 15th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kara Thornberry
Kthornberry@mentorbig.org
Phone: 772-283-8373

Stuart, FL (March 15, 2011)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc is proud to announce Fox, Wackeen, Dungey, Beard, Sobel, Bush & McCluskey LLP (Fox Wackeen Dungey) will be the Signature Sponsor for The Big Taste. Fox Wackeen Dungey has been the signature sponsor of The Big Taste for the last three years, contributing over $15,000.
The Big Taste will be held on April 5th from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at The Evergreen Club in Palm City. All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc (BBBS) and their mentoring programs serving over 300 children in the community. The Big Taste is preceded by The Big Tournament, also hosted by The Evergreen Club. Tickets to The Big Taste are on sale now at www.thebigtaste.net for $30 each or two for $50 and tickets will be available for purchase the day of the event for $40 each. Tickets are also available at all Martin County Seacoast Bank branch locations.
“Fox Wackeen Dungey has a long history of supporting beneficial programs in our community like Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said law firm partner George Bush. “It is important that children in our neighborhoods have the opportunity to excel and achieve their potential. We’re excited to be a part of that process.”
“We are grateful for the continued support from Fox Wackeen Dungey,” said BBBS President/CEO Bill Bee. “Community partnerships are imperative to our success and we are glad to count Fox Wackeen Dungey as one of our strongest partners.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

BBBS provides at-risk children ages 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. BBBSA recognized CEO Bill Bee as “CEO of the Year – Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS Martin County in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.MentorBig.org or call 772-283-8373 to learn more.

Neiman Marcus Partnership Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties

By | March 7th, 2011|Categories: News|

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kara Thornberry
kthornberry@mentorbig.org
Phone: 772-283-8373

Stuart, FL (February 28, 2011)-Neiman Marcus stores across the country helped raise over $175,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America this holiday season. Through an in-store promotion from December 7-10 customers were invited to donate $25 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. In return, customers received a $50 gift card to Neiman Marcus. Proceeds were divided between the national and local organizations based on the location of each store. Neiman Marcus of Boca Raton and Neiman Marcus of Palm Beach both participated on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties.
“We are excited to work with such a fantastic company,” said William Bee, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. “Everyone we spoke with was helpful and accommodating. We were invited to present at each store’s staff meeting to explain how our programs work and the impact we have on the lives of children in our community. Without the support of local business partners like Neiman Marcus we could not provide our much needed services.”
“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a fantastic charity, and we’re glad we could help,” said Lauren Johnson, Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus in Boca Town Center. “Our staff and customers were very receptive to the program. Who doesn’t love an opportunity to help local children while getting a gift?”
“Palm Beach has historically been a very generous community,” said Marilyn Connor, Public Relations Manager for Neiman Marcus in Palm Beach. “We were happy to continue that tradition this holiday season.”

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
BBBS provides at-risk children ages 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. BBBSA recognized CEO Bill Bee as “CEO of the Year – Small Agency Category” in 2007. South Florida Business Leader Magazine ranked BBBS Martin County in 2009 and again in 2010 as one of the top 100 South Florida small businesses. Visit www.MentorBig.org to learn more.

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