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April 2011

The 15th Annual Big Taste and Big Tournament Raises Big Money

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

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

The 15th Annual Big Taste and Big Tournament Raises Big Money For Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties
Stuart, FL (April 14, 2011)- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties, Inc (BBBS) is excited to announce the 15th Annual Big Taste and Big Tournament raised an estimated $60,000 on April 5, representing an increase of over 30% from the previous year despite weather concerns.

“We are proud to be the recipient of such community generosity,” said BBBS President/CEO Bill Bee. “The food was fantastic- our presenters really outdid themselves this year. Everyone enjoyed themselves while supporting our programs for local children. We are lucky to live in such a charitable and giving community, and we thank everyone for their support. As our community knows, we will use these funds efficiently and effectively to improve the lives of our local children.”

2011 Taste Winners
Best Soup: Artichoke Cafe for Bistro Soup
Best Salad: Key Lime Cafe for Triple Cherry Berry Salad with Grilled Chicken
Best Appetizer: Ian’s Tropical Grill for Hawaiian Escolar Sashimi
Best Entree: Palm City Grill for Parmesan Crusted Seabass
Best Dessert and Best Presentation: Edible Spirits for Banana Coconut Rum Cake

Competitors included- Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, Big Apple Pizza, Big Kahuna, Carmella’s Brick Oven Pizza, Charlie’s Neighborhood Bar and Grill, Chef Mark Muller, Indian River State College School of Culinary Arts, Jersey Mike’s Subs, La Bortaga, Manero’s, 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.

 

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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March 2011

The Palm Beach Opera Family Opera- A “Big” Treat

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

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara Thornberry

kthornberry@mentorbig.org

Phone: 772-283-8373

 

The Palm Beach Opera Family Opera- A “Big” Treat

Stuart, FL (March 23, 2011)- Children and mentors participating in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties programs were excited to see the Family Opera presentation of Cossi Fan Tutti on February 26th.

 

This special performance included a full orchestra, lavish scenery, large chorus, and Palm Beach Opera’s talented Young Artists in an abridged 90 minute version of Cossi Fan Tutti. It featured the best musical highlights of the opera as well as narration of the story and translations projected above the stage so children could understand every word. Set changes took place with an open curtain, giving children an exclusive glimpse into how the magic happens on the opera stage. Pre-performance in the Lobby guests visited “education stations” featuring musicians, singers, make-up artists, costume designers, and more. After the performance, meet the artists for photos and autographs in the theater lobby.

 

The Palm Beach Opera donated tickets to this unique experience to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. Mentors and children from both counties jumped at the chance to attend.

 

“It is a change for our students and an opportunity for them to experience another realm of reality”, said Principal Lockhart of Palm Beach County’s Roosevelt Middle School.  “For sure it is something they may never forget.”

 

“Big Sister” Analia Borges and her “Little Sister”, Cindy Velasquez with some of Cindy’s family.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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