From the Providence Journal:
Big Brothers Big Sisters raises $123,000 with ‘Big Night Out’
The event, which marked the nonprofit’s 50th anniversary, had a Classic Hollywood theme.
NEWPORT, R.I. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State celebrated 50 years of providing mentors to Rhode Island youth at their 9th annual gala, “The Big Night Out: Classic Hollywood.”
Guests danced to the sounds of Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band. Big Sister of the Year Sandra Cotrone and her Little Sister, Shanya, received a standing ovation for their singing and dancing performance.
Emcee Kelly Sullivan, WPRI 12’s 5:30 anchor and reporter, kept the 250 guests engaged, while auctioneer Jack Martone got the crowd in a giving mood, raising over $37,000 during a live auction and Fund-A-Match, which provides direct financial support to the agency’s mentoring programs. Overall, the evening netted $123,000 for Big Brother Big Sisters.
“The money raised from this event will allow us to continue to fund our mentoring programs,” executive director Katje Afonseca said in a news release. “Each mentoring relationship we have within our organization requires an extensive background screening for participating adults, along with on-going professional support from skilled BBBSOS case workers who provide training and free activities for our mentoring pairs.”
The organization’s mentors work with youth to help them make positive decisions, improve academic results and avoid risky behavior. Over 100 children are on the waiting list, most of whom are boys.
To find out more or learn more about becoming a mentor, click here or call (401) 921-2434.
Read the article on the Providence Journal web site here.