Sundance Vacations recently served as one of the top sponsors of Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2017. The company, located in Wilkes-Barre Township, made a $3,000 donation to the event, which serves at the largest annual fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge program. Shown are Tina Down, co-founder of Sundance Vacations, and Alan K. Stout, community and resource development, Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge is a program of Catholic Social Services and works in partnership with the United Way of The Wyoming Valley. For more information, call (570) 824-8756 or visit www.bbbsnepa.org
Telethon runs from 12:00 noon to 8:00 p.m. It is being televised live from the studios of East Stroudsburg University. Talent will be provided by students from the local school districts and other local performers. Phone banks will be manned by local service organizations and administrators of local school districts. This year’s honorary chairperson is Ginny Kirkwood.
You can watch telethon live on YouTube by clicking here!
Several Monroe County Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers recently attended the Monroe County “Community Night,” which was hosted by the Children’s Roundtable. Also attending were members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge of Monroe County Board advisory board. Shown are: Aisha Pollite, Dr. Mark Wade, Jenna Sargent, Renee Killebrew, John Siptroth and Ken Gustafson. For information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge of Monroe County, please call (570) 421-2877.
We are pleased to announce the sponsors for our Game Night event on January, 14. For a complete list or for information about becoming a sponsor, click here!
VIDEO SLIDESHOW: Fantastic day at the Monroe County Telethon. The event raised more than $30,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge of Monroe County. Thank you to East Stroudsburg University, to all of the members of our Monroe County Advisory Board, to everyone that volunteered to work the phones, to those that helped provide live entertainment, to those that donated food and prizes, to all of our sponsors, and to those that called in and made donations. We will be back again next year. Thank you!
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge of Monroe County will be hold its annual telethon on Sunday, Nov. 1, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This special fundraising event will be broadcast on Blue Ridge Communications Channel 13 and will feature live entertainment throughout the day. Those who sing, dance or play a musical instrument and would like to showcase their talents on television and do it for a good cause are asked to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge to reserve a spot on stage. Those who work with students who are involved with such activities are also asked to contact Big Brothers Big Sisters to get their pupils on stage.
In addition to talent, the telethon is also in need of sponsors. Sponsorship levels vary and all come with several rewards, including exposure on television. Proceeds benefit the children of Monroe County.
For information about performing during the telethon, contact Greg Pershyn at (570) 856-0032 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact Ken Gustafson at 570-982-0963 or at email@example.com.
WE NEED YOUR VOTES!
Good news! Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bride is receiving a donation from Safeco Insurance, thanks to the Yeager Insurance Agency, LLC. Safeco selected the Yeager Insurance Agency, LLC, for a “Make More Happen Award” because of how they volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. The award comes with a $3,000 check from Safeco for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge and a chance to win up to $10,500 more in the “Make More Happen” contest. Help make that happen! Please vote for the Yeager Insurance Agency, LLC, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge team every day through May 18 at safeco.com/make-more-happen
Big Brothers of The Bridge of Monroe County held its annual telethon on Sunday, November 2. The show aired from 12 noon to 8 p.m. on Blue Ridge Cable Channel 13 and was broadcast from the campus of East Stroudsburg University. Throughout the day, dozens of volunteers manned the phone lines while an endless stream of entertainment was provided by members of the Pocono community. In total, nearly $19,000 was raised for the agency. Thank you, everyone, for the support! We’ll see you again next November!
Join us from Monday, October 6, to Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10am to 6pm to raise money to support the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Bring in your precious metals gold, silver and platinum in any condition, gold and silver coins, and sterling silver flatware to James Diamond National Jewelry in the heart of Mount Pocono. James Diamond will be buying precious metals and donating 10% of his profit to Big Brothers Big Sisters. James Diamond will also be donating 10% of his profit on sales of in stock inventory sold during that week. At James Diamond, they repair jewelry, create custom orders, and are remount specialist. Any of these services during this week, Big Brothers Big Sisters will receive 10% profit. They have a huge selection of gold, silver, diamond and fashion jewelry. Stop by to pick up a free gift. James Diamond is located at 1418 Pocono Blvd, Mount Pocono. Don’t forget the week October 6 through 11th. Bring your jewelry and coins, free evaluation and no obligation. Call for directions to the store at 570-839-8384 or visit their website jamesdiamondjewelry.com for more information.
James Diamond’s National Jewelry Manufacturing Company
1418 Pocono Blvd.
Mount Pocono, PA 18344
On July 24, Rocky from 98.5 KRZ arranged for a group of children from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge waiting list to spend a day at Knoebels Amusement Resort. The children were provided with round-trip transportation on a limo bus, a lunch picnic and all-day passes to the rides. Thank you, Rocky and KRZ!
WNEP did a great news piece on the needs of the program in Monroe County. Click logo or link below to see article/video clip.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, serving Monroe County, will host a benefit golf tournament on Friday, October 10, at the Fernwood Golf Course. Registration begins at 11 a.m. and lunch will be available. There will be a 12 noon shotgun start, with a four-person scramble format. An awards dinner will follow at 5 p.m.
Prices: $400 per foursome/$125 single; $35 for dinner only
There will be great hole-in-one prizes!
1. Awards Dinner Sponsor – $3,000, includes centerfold program ad, banner at registration and dinner, two foursomes, four hole sponsors.
2. Registration/Lunch Sponsor – $2,000, includes back cover of program ad, banner at registration, two foursomes, two hole sponsors
3. Gold Sponsors – $1,000, includes full page program ad, two foursomes and two hole sponsors
4. Silver Sponsor – $500, includes full page program ad, two hole sponsors and four dinner attendees
5. Hole Sponsor – $200
6. Program ad Sponsor – Full page, $100; half page, $50; quarter page, $25.
Please make checks payable to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. Please return, by September 15, to:
Bushkill Group, Inc.
P.O. Box. 447
Bushkill, PA 18324
Sponsorship ad copies can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cash donations and auction/raffle items are also being accepted.
Questions? Willing to volunteer? Call (570) 269-2060
For directions, visit: www.fernwoodresortpoconos.com
Students of Coughlin High School recently held a “Care Fair” at the Solomon Plains Educational Complex. The event featured food, entertainment, pony rides, a bounce-house and more. A portion of the day’s proceeds benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge and check for $1,068 was recently presented to the agency. Shown, from left: Patrick Patte, principal; Jennifer Perks, senior class advisor; Bridgette Ryan, class vice-president; Nima Patel, assistant class secretary; Ruben Bourdeau, class president; Sandy Frazier, Big Brothers Big Sisters; Michael Galli, senior class advisor; Alex Soller, Care Fair volunteer; William Poray, class secretary. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, call (570) 824-8756 or visit www.bbbsnepa.org
On Thursday, May 15, the Kiwanis Club of Wilkes-Barre honored Tanya Olaviany, program director Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, for her longtime service to area youth. Olaviany received the Tenth Annual Rev. Dr. Jule Ayers Spiritual Welfare Award, which recognizes selfless community service to children. The presentation was made at a noon luncheon at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Tanya has dedicated her entire career to youth advocacy. She received a bachelor of arts degree from Mansfield State College, where she majored in psychology and human relations and minored in social welfare and special education. She also earned a master’s degree in social work from Marywood University and has been a Pennsylvania licensed social worker since 1997.
Tanya has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge for 28 years and has served as program supervisor since 2002. Her previous positions include casework supervisor with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, caseworker with the Family Advocacy and School Team at The Bridge Youth Services, and runaway youth worker at The Bridge Youth Services. All are programs of Catholic Social Services. She also served as President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Pennsylvania State Association and had previously served as Secretary of the organization. She is currently the Northeast Regional Vice-President. She has also served as a practicum instructor for the Marywood University Social Work Department, a Sunday School teacher at the Larksville United Methodist Church and is currently a lay servant at the Luzerne United Methodist Church.
As program director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, Tanya’s responsibilities include fundraising, board development, volunteer recruitment and supervision of the professional staff and volunteers in five counties throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. She and her husband, Vic, have two daughters: Amanda and Caitlyn. They reside in Larksville.
We’d like to thank Holy Redeemer High School, Wyoming Valley West High School, Meyers High School, Luzerne County Community College and King’s College for recently allowing members of our staff to talk with students about volunteer opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge. We’d also like thank Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Wilkes-Barre POWER, BNI International and the Bloomsburg Kiwanis for also allowing us to help spread the word at their gatherings about the current need for Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers. If your school, church or community organization would like someone from Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge to visit you, please call (570) 824-8756, ex. 398.
On behalf of Big Brothers of The Bridge, I would like to thank the community for its tremendous support of Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2014, which was held on March 29. Our Wilkes-Barre event, which took place at Stanton Lanes, raised $139,000, making it the most successful Bowl For Kids’ Sake in its 32 year history. In total, our six Bowl for Kids’ Sake events, which in addition to Wilkes-Barre, also took place in Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Stroudsburg, Nicholson and Lehighton, raised $213,000 for the agency.
We would like to thank Katie Lambert and Neil Horn of McCarthy Tire & Automotive Centers, who served as our corporate chairs, brought energy and enthusiasm to the event, and were instrumental in helping increase our donation total. We would also like to thank Tom and Noreen Clark of WNEP-TV and Frankie Warren of Magic 93, who also brought energy and enthusiasm to the event while serving as our media chairs, and we’d like to thank all of the members of the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Advisory Board, all of the members of our Bowl For Kids’ Sake Committee, and of course all of the people that came out and bowled at the event and all of the local businesses that served as sponsors.
Bowl For Kid’s Sake is the biggest and most important annual fundraiser for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge program. Without its success, we would not be able to serve the children of Northeastern Pennsylvania in the way in which they deserve.
Again, we thank the entire community for its continued support.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge held its second annual “Walk For Kids’ Sake” on May 3 at Kirby Park. The 5K run and walk event served as a fundraiser for the agency and featured more than 60 runners and walkers. Congratulations to the top runners Chuck Kivlen and Briana Zablotney. Thank you for the support.
Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2014 was held on March 29 at six locations throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our Wilkes-Barre event, which took place at Stanton Lanes, raised $139,000, making it the most successful Bowl For Kids’ Sake in its 32 year history. In total, our six Bowl for Kids’ Sake events, which in addition to Wilkes-Barre, also took place in Hazleton, Bloomsburg, Stroudsburg, Nicholson and Lehighton, raised $213,000 for the agency. Thank you to everyone that came out and bowled and sponsored lanes! We’ll see you next March!
We have added photos from the February 2nd, 2013 Telethon.
LOCAL CELEBS TO HELP KICKOFF ‘BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE’
Mall patrons will have the chance to face off with radio and TV personalities during a fun morning of Wii bowling
WILKES-BARRE- “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013,” the signature fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge, is set for Saturday, March 23 at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre. Last year’s event attracted nearly 300 teams and raised $92,000 for the local chapter of the nationally recognized mentoring program.
In celebration and in anticipation of “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge will host a “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013 Kickoff” on Saturday, January 19 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Wyoming Valley Mall. The event, which will be held near the inside entrance to Sears, will feature “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013” honorary chairs Frankie Warren of Magic 93 and Tom and Noreen Clark of WNEP-TV and will offer mall patrons the opportunity to face off against them during a fun morning of video game bowling using the Wii. The “Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013” kickoff games with Frankie, Tom and Noreen will be “bowled” on a 72-inch flat screen TV. Bowlers will be chosen on a first-come basis, though those that register a team for Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2013 will be given the first chance to throw some strikes and try to outscore the Big Brothers Big Sisters supporters from radio and television.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of The Bridge is a program of Catholic Social Services and a United Way partner agency.
Wilkes-Barre, PA –Tom and Noreen Clark of WNEP-TV along with Frankie Warren of Magic 93 and his wife, Erin, are the honorary chairpersons for the 30th Anniversary of Bowl for Kids’ Sake benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge (BBBS).
The Clarks and Warrens are scheduled to attend a special kick off rally celebrating 30 years of Bowl for Kids’ Sake on Thursday, December 1 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. All former chairpersons, business leaders, board members and volunteers from past events will be invited as well as others who made Bowl for Kids’ Sake so successful in raising money to support youth mentoring in our area.
Tom Clark serves as WNEP-TVs chief meteorologist, a role he’s held for nearly 30 years. He volunteered each year for the last decade as a guest host for Bowl for Kids’ Sake at the Stanton Lanes location. Noreen Clark is also a meteorologist for WNEP and is popular regional celebrity promoting community events through her “In Your Neighborhood” segments on WNEP.
Frankie Warren has been the morning host on WMGS-FM, Magic 93, for 23 years. For most of that time, he served as a celebrity host of Bowl for Kids’ Sake and used his radio show to promote the important youth mentoring work of BBBS.
BBBS performs important youth mentoring work, matching up children with adult, college and high school mentors who become important role models in the lives of the youth. Research has shown that youth mentoring is an effective way to improve the lives of certain at-risk youth.
With the money raised for Bowl for Kids Sake 2011, donors helped the agency match 1,300 children with volunteers.
Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled for Saturday, March 31, 2012 at varies sites in our area. Simply collect pledges and donations and bowl one game on March 31. Bowlers raising $50 or more are eligible for incentive prizes including t-shirts, sweatshirts, and gift cards.
Businesses and community organizations can also be a sponsor of the event at various levels and share their community spirit with the 1,500 bowlers who participate locally each year. For more information and to register, visit www.bbbswb.org and click on the Bowl for Kids’ Sake link. Interested persons can also call the agency at 570-824-8756.
Tom & Noreen Clark
We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2011 summer raffle.
A big thank you to all who donated prizes, purchased tickets and helped make this a successful event.
|1||Vera Skiricki||Kinect for Xbox 360 w/Dance station with flat Screen TV|
|2||Bob Chopick||Penguin Box for a Game w/14 Tickets-Citizens Bank|
|3||Joe Brogan||$ 250 AAA Travel Certificate|
|4||Rita Stepanski||$ 250 AAA Travel Certificate|
|5||Homer Berlew||Golf “Goodie” Bag – Blue Cross of NEPA|
|6||Bernie Sabol||Assorted Kitchen Wares- First Liberty Bank|
|7||Gloria Dalessandro||Ladies Fashion Necklace from Lia Sophia > Blue Cross of NEPA|
|8||Robert Willson||Ladies Fashion Necklace from Lia Sophia > Blue Cross of NEPA|
|9||Joe Schwab||Ladies Fashion Bracelet from Lia Sophia > Blue Cross of NEPA|
|10||Paul G. Batyko III||$25 Bedwick’s Pharmacy & Gifts Certificate ross of NEPA|
|11||Marco DeLuca||$25 Grotto Pizza Gift Certificate y> ross of NEPA|
|12||Frank Yekel||$25 Oyster Restaurant Gift Certificate|
|13||Pat Smaka||½ hr Massage Gift Certificate – Time Out Wellness Center|
|14||Terri Stashik||Car Travel Items- First Liberty Bank|
The top prize, a get-away to Baltimore, Maryland, was awarded to Chris Bedwick of Wilkes-Barre, who raised $1,622. Wonderful job, Chris!! Mini-vacations went to the following winners: Bob Derlunas of Nesquehoning, Chad Weaver of Berwick, Audrey Hower of Bloomsburg, Jonathan Schwab of Bloomsburg, and Chris Ardizoni of Mount Pocono. The large screen TV was awarded to Jay Jarrett of Berwick. Congratulations to everyone!
We would like to thank everyone who participated in the raffle at Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011 in Wilkes-Barre. Below are the prizes and winners.
- W/B Scranton Penguins Signed Hockey Stick and Goody Bag – Mark
- $100 Gift Card – Nutrifitness Boot Camp – TJ
- $100 Gift Card – Nutrifitness Boot Camp – Gary
- Fresh Water Pearl Necklace – Valentines Jewelry & Accessories – Bob Michael
- $50 Gift Certificate for Hypnosis – Time Out Care Wellness – Kuchtz
- $50 Gift Certificate for Hypnosis – Time Out Care Wellness – Melida
- $50 Gift Card – Walmart – Amy
- $45 “Tuck Away Mate” Gift Card – Outback Steakhouse – Michelle
- $40 Greens Fee Pass (2) – Sand Springs Country Club – Mary Ellen
- $40 Greens Fee Pass (2) – Sand Springs Country Club – Sopers
- $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Jack
- $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Chelsey
- $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Bob
- $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Vince
- $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – M Alters
- $30 ½ Hour Massage – Time Out Care Wellness Center – Ken
- $25 Gift Certificate – Powerhouse Eatery – Brawley
- $25 Gift Certificate – Mattern’s Floral – Joyces
- $25 Gift Certificate – Bedwicks Pharmacy & Gifts – Ron W.
- $25 Gift Certificate – Connor’s Grillroom – Rick L.
- $25 Gift Certificate – Bear Creek Café – Karen G.
- $25 Gift Certificate – Circles on the Square – Angie L.
- $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – Bob
- $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – Gary
- $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – J Nolan
- $25 Gift Certificate – Grotto Pizza – Jenn B.
- Meal/Movie Deal – Januzzi’s Pizza – Tom T.
- Bath/Spa Gift Basket – Patty G.
- $20 Gift Card – Lucky’s Sporthouse – Rick L.
- $20 Gift Card – Lucky’s Sporthouse – A. Wellington
If you have any questions, please contact us at 570-824-8756 or email@example.com.
Only three of every 10 mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program are men leaving over 150 boys idle on the organizations waiting list, some have waited for mentors for years. To address the shortage Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge in the Wyoming Valley will launch its “30 Men in 30 Days” campaign on April 15 to recruit at least 30 male volunteers by May 15. Big Brothers Big Sisters is also asking businesses and organizations to get involved by allowing a BBBS representative to set up a recruitment table, at their business, during lunch and break periods to recruit employees who may be interested in signing up for this program.
Mentoring is no longer an issue of want it’s an urgency with community problems such as violence, truancy, drug and alcohol problems and dropout rates. According to Public/Private Ventures research, children in the one-to-one mentoring program are 52 percent less likely to skip school and 46 percent less likely to start using drugs.
Mentors known as “Bigs” are asked to devote at least one hour two to four times a month for a year. Big Brothers Big Sisters research shows that children or “Littles” often shine with no more than that amount.
Big Brothers Big Sisters is not looking for superheroes but for real men who are willing to spend a little time to make a big change in the life of a child and the community at whole.
For more information or to get involved today call 1-800-955-4376 or enter your zip code below.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge has received an $8,000 grant from the Citizens Bank Foundation to provide tutoring and literacy programs for Wyoming Valley children who participate in the agency’s after-school program. The program increases the chance children will advance to higher learning. At the presentation, from left, are Monsignor Joseph Kelly, Diocesan secretary for Catholic Human Services; Ron Evans, director; Christine DeMelfi-Ritter, resource and fund development coordinator; Donna Farrell, senior vice-president, regional manager, Citizens Bank; and Bill Joyce, vice-chairman of the board.
“Bowling with Bobby Soper”
Friday, January 14, 2011 at 1 p.m.
Stanton Lanes, Stanton Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Wilkes-Barre, PA – Bobby Soper, president and CEO of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, will demonstrate to all of Northeastern Pennsylvania just how easy and fun it is to be part of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake project when he demonstrates his bowling skills at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre on Friday, January 14 at 1 p.m. Soper will challenge representatives from other major Bowl for Kids’ Sake sponsors and Big Brothers Big Sisters board members.
The “Bowling with Bobby Soper” rally, marks the official beginning of the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraising project. Soper is the 2011 community volunteer chairperson for Bowl for Kids’ Sake in Wyoming Valley.
This kick off event is designed to bring public awareness to the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser that provides a major portion of the funds to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake is scheduled for Saturday, March 26, 2011. Last year’s event attracted nearly 1,400 bowlers to Stanton Lanes on a single day. Staff and volunteers will be hard at work between now and then raising money and recruiting volunteer bowlers for this March.
BBBS performs important youth mentoring work, matching up children with adult, college and high school mentors who become important role models in the lives of the youth. Research has shown that youth mentoring is an effective way to improve the lives of certain at-risk youth.
For more information, please contact Tanya Olaviany, program director, at 570-824-8756.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge has named Robert (Bobby) Soper, President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs as Chairperson for The Wyoming Valley’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011. Since January 2005, Soper has served as the President of Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, a harness racetrack, casino and entertainment complex in Plains, PA. Prior to his current position, he served for four years as a Senior Vice President at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut where he managed various divisions within the company. Bobby has been involved in the community both in Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Bobby has served on the Board of Directors of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southeastern Connecticut, Board of Directors and Treasurer of United Way of Wyoming Valley, Board of Directors of the Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees of Misericordia University, Board of Directors for WVIA Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors and Treasurer of the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute, Board of Directors of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Technology Institute, Board of Directors of the Scranton Chamber of Commerce and Board of Directors and Vice Chairman of Scranton Tomorrow. Soper resides in the Back Mountain with his wife and children.
Each year, for more than four decades, Bowl For Kids’ Sake has supported Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies throughout the country. The premiere fundraiser provides a way for mentors and their friends and families, as well as caring people who might not have time to mentor, to support Big Brothers Big Sisters. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge agency, part of the largest network of volunteer mentors of youth, relies on funding to carefully match volunteers with children and provide ongoing support to sustain long-term one-to-one mentoring friendships.
Independent studies find “Littles” are more likely to be successful in school, avoid violent, harmful and illegal behaviors and activities, and have strong relationships with their families and others. Children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters are primarily those of single, low-income or incarcerated parents. Those wishing to begin impacting children’s lives right in our community can participate by challenging themselves to raise $1,000 to help fund a child’s new mentoring opportunity. Corporate sponsorships are now available for personal businesses and organizations wishing to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge. Bowl For Kids’ Sake 2011 will be held March 26, at Stanton Lanes in Wilkes-Barre Pa. For more information or to help support the children of the Wyoming Valley visit: www.bbbsnepa.org or call 1-800-955-4376.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge is a program of Catholic Social Services and a United Way Partner Agency
|Adam Gawat||Donovan McNabb Autographed Philadelphia Eagle Jersey-donated by Virginia Barbecue-Vince & Alison Splendido|
|Brian Hitchings||James Harrison Autographed Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl Jersey|
|Ric Patton||Penguin Box for a Game w/14 Tickets-donated by Citizens Bank|
|Carl Mazaleski||Asus Eee PC 10.1″ Intel Atom Netbook- donated by Custom Computers|
|Bernie Sabol||Penn State Recliner- donated by Mahler Lohin & Associates LLC|
|Amanda Johnson||Penn State Recliner- donated by Mahler Lohin & Associates LLC|
|George Morgan||In Studio Portrait Sitting & 8×10 Wall Print- donated by A Photo Affair|
Jack Nolan and Doug Currin announce raffle winners at the Westmoreland Club.
Local new business, Virginia Barbeque, located in the Gateway Shopping Center, Edwardsville recently sponsored a Big Brothers Big Sisters Day where a portion of the day’s proceeds benefitted the mentoring program.
Pictured above: Receiving the check on the left is Tanya Olaviany, Program Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters, and to the right is Alison Splendido, proprietor of the local Virginia Barbeque franchise. The trio of “Pigs” are Adrianna Connolly, James Kreidler, and Nicholas Space.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bridge, a program sponsored by Catholic Social Services and a United Way agency, is currently completing its annual self assessment required the national agency, BBBS of America. The assessment involves an intensive three month process of examining program performance policies, standards, and operational procedures and is being conducted by the Program Committee of the BBBS Advisory Board. For more information on the BBBS program or to become a volunteer,
please call 1-800-955-HERO.
Shown at a recent work session are assessment participants:Seated are Chris W. Bedwick, Program Committee Chairperson, and Kay Pettinger, Committee Member Standing are Nick Michalisin, Ann Smith & Dennis Toomey, Committee Members; Tanya Olaviany, BBBS Program Director
Welcome to The New Big Brother Big Sisters of The Bridge Website.