A group of matches enjoyed a beautiful summer day aboard the Grand Lady docked at the Holiday Inn in Grand Island! The 2-hour cruise included points of interest on the Buffalo shoreline and interesting facts about Buffalo’s waterways. For many of the kids this was their first time on a boat. A special thanks to the Holiday Inn-Grand Island for generously donating the delicious lunch served while we were aboard!
Twenty of our Little Brothers and Little Sisters enjoyed the Buffalo Bills Annual Children’s Holiday Party. The Jim Kelly Club at the stadium was transformed into a winter wonderland with trees, holiday scenes and even a working “Polar Express” train for the kids to ride! The children also enjoyed having dinner with the Bills and the Jills. After dinner, Santa arrived bringing each child a bag full of gifts! A few of our kids were surprised when several of the Bills, working as Santa’s helpers, came riding out to give them their very own new bike! A BIG thanks to the Buffalo Bills players, the Jills, the staff and their families for making this wonderfully generous and memorable event possible.
The first mixer hosted by our Big Mirror Initiative Committee at The 2nd Cup Café in downtown Buffalo was a BIG success. Over 50 guests joined us throughout the evening to learn more about our initiative to provide a more diverse pool of mentors to the children in our program. Guests that evening included community members and representatives from several local corporations, political offices and professional organizations. Everyone enjoyed networking with like minded individuals and 9 guests signed up to become Bigs! Currently, 0ver 80% of the children waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister identify themselves as an ethnicity other than Caucasian. The goal of the Big Mirror Initiative is to provide a mentor, if the child wishes, of the same ethnic background.
A BIG thank you to our sponsors, golfers & donors for making the 9th Annual Fore the Children Golf Tournament presented by PCB Piezotronics a success! We had beautiful weather for our participants that enjoyed 18 holes of golf along with lunch & dinner, contests and auctions. Congratulations to Phil Petoniak on receiving the Hedwig “De” Moss Leadership Award for his outstanding support of BBBSEC and other local charities. To view photos & a list of sponsors, click here.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Susan Gastle as this week’s featured Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! This summer, Susan will be celebrating 10 years of friendship with her Little Brother, Josh, through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County. Susan’s role as a Big Sister is unique since typically BBBSEC matches Big Sisters with Little Sisters. However, due to a shortage of Big Brothers, boys under the age of 10 can be matched with a Big Sister. Susan gladly took on this role and has been an amazing Big Sister to Josh, who was just 6 years old when they met. Over the years, they have enjoyed trying new foods, attended numerous local events and participated in agency sponsored…
We are so excited to celebrate National Mentoring Month(NMM) with all of our Bigs & supporters and look forward to encouraging others to get involved! A special thank you to our NMM Media Sponsor, WGRZ-TV 2 for creating and airing a PSA encouraging the community to get involved. To learn more about the opportunities during NMM and your options to help make a BIG difference in the life of a child click here!
We are excited to announce that we have a monthly blog on the Good Neighborhood. Based in Buffalo, New York, The Good Neighborhood is all about community. Daily you can get an online dose of good news and information about upcoming events around town that usually have a local cause associated with them. The Big Brothers Big Sisters blog will appear the last Friday of every month and features agency news updates and inspiring stories about our matches. To visit the Good Neighborhood and read our most current blog click here To get minute to minute updates from the Good ‘hood, get social with them at: https://www.facebook.com/thegoodneighborhood