21 12, 2017

Santa Open Participants Make a Big Impact for Children This Holiday

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Stuart, FL (December 19, 2017) – The Santa Claus Open Cocktail Party & Golf Tournament was a wonderful way to “meet & greet” some of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach & Martin Counties (BBBS) most ardent supporters. Andrew Hunt presented the merits of mentoring and BBBS’s partnership with The First Tee & Sigma Phi presented BBBS with a $20,000 check from donated from their Queen of Hearts fundraiser.

At the annual event hosted by Stuart Yacht & Country Club, the community members in attendance opened their hearts, and wallets, for the children and donated 100 toys for the agency. There was a multitude of auction items, which drew a crowd to the presentation areas, and enthusiastically guest began bidding. A few highlights of auction items include a round of golf for four at Trump National in season, a round at Old Palm, a round of play for three with member Ryan Deasy at Medalist, and brunch at the Equestrian Center during competition. Mr. Laird Smith made a tremendous impact on the lives of local children, with just one bid. The event was a smashing success and raising over $74,000. 

Thanks to the generosity of Santa Claus Open golfers, Young Professionals of Martin County and Little Smiles of Florida & the Martin County Sheriff’s Office Grill Team who made hot dogs for BBBS’s annual Christmas Party. There were many smiling faces as little’s opened their presents which were donated by attendees of the event. 

15 11, 2017

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

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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


8 11, 2017

The Batchelor Foundation donates $40,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc.

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About The Batchelor Foundation

The mission of the Batchelor Foundation is to provide philanthropic support to qualified, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on promoting the good health, education and wellbeing of children, animal welfare, and the preservation of the natural environment in the South Florida community. The Batchelor Foundation was established in 1990 by its founder and sole benefactor Mr. George E. Batchelor, visionary aviator, business entrepreneur, and philanthropist. To learn more about The Batchelor Foundation Contact:

7 11, 2017

14th Annual Santa Claus Open Swings into Holiday Season

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November 3, 2017 (Martin County, FL)-Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties (BBBS) will be hosting the 14th annual Santa Claus Open Golf Tournament at the prestigious Stuart Yacht & Country Club. Community members are invited to attend a fabulous cocktail party and auction to be held on Thursday, December 7th and to play a round of golf followed by lunch and awards on Friday, December 8th. Treasure Coast Estate Buyers and Publix Super Markets are proud to be the 2017 Co-Signature Sponsors for the upcoming event.

Golfers will enjoy the pristine setting, a challenging game and the chance to win exciting prizes! All proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Players are requested to bring an unwrapped toy for a child participating in our programs.

BBBS is currently accepting sponsors, foursomes, auction donations and raffle prizes to be featured at the event.  Registration is $250 per golfer and $900 per foursome until November 27th. Each registered golfer will receive admission to the pre-tournament cocktail party and additional tickets may be purchased for $50. Registration is currently available online at or in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Martin County office located at 101 SE Central Parkway, Stuart, FL 34994. For more information about registration, sponsorship opportunities, and/or auction donations contact Courtney Buckel at or 772-283-8112.

Frank Byers at Santa Claus Open Golf Tournament at Hobe Sound Golf Club. Photo provided by Judy Swan.

2 11, 2017

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

By | November 2nd, 2017|Categories: Events, News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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.

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