We are excited to announce that the video submitted by Big Sister, Emily Felmet, that was a finalist in First Niagara’s 2016 Mentoring Matters Grant Giveaway Contest. won the top prize of $10,000! Thank you to all who voted and shared the contest with friends, family and colleagues through Facebook and to First Niagara for this wonderful opportunity. A BIG thank you to Big Sister Emily & Little Sister Quinn who shared their 5+ year friendship with the community to make this all possible. To view the final results click here. To view the video, created by Odessa Pictures, click here.
12th Annual Fore the Children Tournament a Success!
Our 12th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters “Fore the Children” Golf Tournament held Monday, July 30th was a BIG success!! It was a beautiful day that raised nearly $50,000 to help provide local children facing adversity with the Big Brother or Big Sister they need and want. Thank you for making a BIG difference for children in our community! A very BIG thank you to all of our event sponsors – especially our Presenting Sponsor PCB Piezotronics – An MTS Company, our supporters and our golfers! Congrats to our our 1st Place Foursome- PCB Piezotronics, 2nd Place Foursome- Hodgson Russ and 3rd Place Foursome- BRD, Inc. A special congratulations to Donald B. White on receiving the Hedwig “De” Moss Leadership Award for his commitment to making a difference in the lives of…
The BIG Give!
You can help us raise funds to match children waiting with a Big Brother or Big Sister! Between now and December 31, help us raise $15,000 to support our one-to-one mentoring programs by giving to one of our BIG Give Fundraisers or giving to the general BIG Give page. A BIG Thank You for your support!
Fore the Children a BIG Success!
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.
Mentors Who Move the City Honoree Gregory Straus
Gregory Straus – Defender of Potential Greg Straus is the a Licensed Real Estate Broker at 716 Realty Group and co-founder of Redline Rentals of Buffalo, a high performance and luxury company. Starting from a young age, Greg was instilled with a sense of community and help for others. Greg’s father took care of all the neighbors growing up. Eventually, Greg took over care for those elderly neighbors and started his first business shoveling snow. Being a product of catholic schooling, he always found himself volunteering in some way. Greg was moved to NYC after college for the local company he worked for and while he was there, he became a mentor to a young man named Joshua from Harlem, through a company-local school…
Everyone Loves the Puerto Rican Day Parade!
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, a group of Bigs, Littles and staff marched along side of our decorated Ford Friendship Van in the Puerto Rican Day parade. Our marchers handed out lollipops that included our contact information on the stick. It was a terrific parade and we had a wonderful time!
Women Who Move the City Wednesday- Congrats Gwendolyn Bork!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie County is honored to celebrate Gwendolyn Bork as this week’s featured Women Who Move the City Wednesday (WWMTC) Honoree! A NYS Board Certified Addiction Recovery Coach and Trainer, Gwendolyn is the Vice President of In His Name Outreach (IHNO); a non-profit, faith-based resource center dedicated to building and restoring the spiritual, emotional and physical health of our community. The organization won Best in Business for the Town of Cheektowaga in the Counseling/Coaching Category in 2015. As a member of the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Taskforce, she has been working diligently to spread the message of hope for families. As shared in her WWMTC nomination, “Gwendolyn cares so deeply about people and has a soft spot for youth in need. She is constantly…