Big Brothers Big Sisters Salutes Valued Partners at Awards Gala

       Big Brothers Big Sisters Salutes Valued Partners at Awards Gala

Altria, Wells Fargo, JCPenney, the Oak Foundation, Jamie Foxx, L-Mani Viney,
and Don Carty recognized for their ongoing support of mentoring

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, June 18, 2014

CHICAGO, June 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
relies upon the support of its corporate and celebrity partners to continue
providing one-to-one mentoring matches of volunteers with more than 200,000
children throughout the country. During its 2014 National Leadership Summit
Awards Gala presented by Comcast NBCUniversal, Big Brothers Big Sisters
recognized Wells Fargo, JCPenney, Altria, the Oak Foundation, Jamie Foxx,
L-Mani Viney and Donald Carty for their financial and personal contributions
to the organization.

"Our partners who donate their time and resources to Big Brothers Big Sisters
are vital to fulfilling our mission of providing children who face adversity
with strong and enduring professionally supported, one-to-one relationships
that change their lives for the better, forever. They make it all possible,"
said president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Pam Iorio. "We
are grateful to the corporations, foundations and individuals whose generosity
allows us to provide youth facing adversity with a brighter future with
increased opportunities and, ultimately, better communities for all."

Altria received the President's Award, which recognizes a corporate,
foundation or individual donor whose investment has promoted a standard of
excellence throughout the Big Brothers Big Sisters network. Altria's
investment of more than $2.7 million in Big Brothers Big Sisters has enabled
us to make improvements to our school-based mentoring program, integrate AIM
nationally and develop the Youth Outcomes System into the Service Delivery
System. Altria's tobacco companies have also invested directly in local
agencies, particularly in the Southeastern U.S., helping Big Brothers Big
Sisters serve more than 35,000 children and families in that region.

Wells Fargo received the Chairman's Award for its philanthropic and
programmatic activities that have made a significant impact on the advancement
of Big Brothers Big Sisters' mentoring programs across the network. Wells
Fargo has contributed in excess of $1 million to more than 100 local Big
Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country, and has made a separate $1
million investment to help build infrastructure and the ability to support the
network-wide Agency Information Management system (AIM). In addition, Wells
Fargo employees served in a leadership capacity on 30 local Big Brothers Big
Sisters boards.

JCPenney was presented the Community Impact Award, which recognizes an
individual, corporate, or foundation donor whose unparalleled generosity has
had a transformative impact on the Big Brothers Big Sisters community.
Throughout the month of June 2013, JCPenney invited its customers to round up
their purchases to the nearest dollar to support Big Brothers Big Sisters.
With help from funds raised by its customers, JCPenney was able to donate $1.3
million to 303 local Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies, reaching 90 percent of
the organization's network. This unique JCPenney campaign was Big Brothers
Big Sisters' most successful national cause marketing campaign during the last
two years.

The Oak Foundation received the Enterprise Award, which honors a new or
long-standing individual, corporate or foundation donor whose vision and
investment has led to innovative programming. Through its contribution of more
than $340,000, the Oak Foundation, an international philanthropic
organization, is supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in efforts to
better understand how our mentoring systems are useful to students who
struggle academically. Our partners at the Oak Foundation are interested in
how hope and resiliency in young people can lead to improved academic and life
outcomes, particularly for youth with learning differences.

Academy® and Grammy® Award winning actor, comedian and musician Jamie Foxx
received the Common Good Award, which Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
gives to a partner who provides an investment of services to benefit the
common good of the organization and brand as a whole. Foxx has served as
national spokesperson for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since 2012, and,
through appearances, public service announcements and social media, has been
steadfast in his advocacy of the benefits of mentoring and encouraging adults
to become volunteers. In addition, Foxx has dedicated time and resources to
being a mentor. Recently, Foxx helped to launch the BE AMAZING! campaign.

L-Mani (el-MAH-ne) Viney received the Michael Baisden Inspiration Award, which
is presented annually to a company or individual who demonstrates consistent
generosity and dedication to helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
recruit African-American male mentors and increase its service to the
disproportionate number of African-American boys who are ready and waiting to
be matched with mentors across the country. Since 2012, Viney, a member of
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, has served on Big Brothers Big Sisters of
America's African American Advisory Council, a body of civic, community and
business leaders who help chart the organization's course for effectively
engaging the African-American community. A Social Studies teacher in
Piscataway, New Jersey, Viney has been a Big Brother for more than three
years.

Donald Carty received the Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award, which
recognizes individuals who have devoted substantial time and energy to the
cause of youth mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Carty, who is
chairman of Virgin America Airlines, Porter Airlines and Research Now Group,
served on Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Board of Directors for nine
years and is a former board chairman. He was the first board member to make a
pledge of $1 million to the organization and has also contributed significant
financial resources to Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star and Big Brothers Big
Sisters International. The Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award is
the organization's highest individual honor. Charles G. Berwind was a founding
father of Big Brothers of America and an architect of today's Big Brothers Big
Sisters of America federation.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported
mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to
achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky
behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships.
Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the
community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with
screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one
mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth
Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven,
positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas
linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and
college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of
single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or
serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported
one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better,
forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 110 year
history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters
serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and 200,000 volunteer
mentors. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

For More Information Contact:
Sarah Haney
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
469-351-3147
Sarah.Haney@bbbs.org

SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Website: http://www.bbbs.org
 
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