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

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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.

20 10, 2017


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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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