On Saturday, March 16th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) welcomed more than 500 participants to Brunswick Zone Marietta for our annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) event. With the help of all our bowlers and corporate and community partners, we raised a record-breaking $144K, directly helping BBBSMA support our Big and Little matches!
As our first fundraising event of the year, we are proud to have started the year off with a true STRIKE by exceeding our fundraising goal! From our radio hosts, Checka Cee with Wild 105.7 and Jazzy McBee and DJ Blak with Streetz 94.5, to the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders, to our very own BBBSMA Spokesperson, Lawrence Sidbury of the Atlanta Falcons, the crowd was full of special guests that kept everyone energized.
Thank you to all of our participating bowlers for joining the fundraising efforts and coming out to bowl! For every $1,000 raised, BBBSMA is able to support one Big and Little match for a year. A special congratulations to Big Sister Kelsey Ehlers, for earning the grand prize tickets to the NCAA Final Four weekend at the Georgia Dome with her Little! As the Top Fundraiser in our BIG Bowling Competition for our Bigs, Kelsey raised over $1,500 for the agency!
We’d like to give a big shout-out to the employees at KPMG, Georgia Commerce Bank, Peach State Health Plan and Ernst & Young for the teams that they supported. And we owe a very special thank you to our Presenting Sponsors, CHEP and QuikTrip, as well as all of our sponsors, AMB Foundation, Atlantic Trust, AT&T, Creative Excellence Marketing Solutions, Delta Air Lines, Ernst & Young, Gas South, Gene Kansas, Hendricks & Associates, Meristem Packaging, New South Construction, Shreeder, Wheeler & Flint, Subject Matter Experts, and Peach State Health Plan.
Thank you again to everyone for showing your support and helping BBBSMA SCORE big! We look forward to seeing you again next year at BFKS 2014.
Please check out the photos from our event at BFKS 2013 Photos.
NIKE EVENT AT BBBSMA’S NEW HEADQUARTERS FEATURES LOCAL PRO ATHLETES AND CALLS FOR LITTLES TO ‘BE BOLD, BE TRUE’ IN CELEBRATION OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH
In honor of Black History Month and to celebrate deserving youth, Nike hosted an intimate, grassroots event at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta (BBBSMA) for “Littles” (youth) and their “BIGs” (mentors) or parent/guardian. The private event, celebrating athletes that are “Rebels with a Cause,” featured multiple celebrity speakers, including (from L to R):
Janice McKenzie-Crayton, president and CEO of BBBSMA; Sam Crenshaw of NBC 11Alive, serving as the event emcee; Nike Shoe Designer, Jonathan Johnson-Griffin, the artist behind this year’s Black History Month custom-designed apparel; Warrick Dunn, retired NFL running back and former Atlanta Falcon; Anson Carter, retired professional hockey player; and Fred McCrary, retired NFL fullback and former Atlanta Falcon.
These special guests shared their journeys as athletes and professionals, described how they’ve strived to be fearless game-changers inside and outside of sport with a positive purpose, and what it means to “Be Bold, Be True.” – Nike’s theme for Black History Month 2013. Nike Sportswear Senior Footwear Designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin also spoke about his journey as an African American designer, and the inspiration behind the 2013 Nike Black History Month footwear and apparel collection, encouraging Littles to dream BIG.
Nike Designer Jonathan Johnson-Griffin demonstrates how to draw to inspired Little, Chris, while his BIG Brother, Matt Booth, proudly looks on.
Following the athletes’ stories of inspiration and a Q&A led by Sam Crenshaw, Little Vay and her BIG Sister, Daisy Graham, give a heartwarming hug to former Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn.
Janice McKenzie-Crayton, BBBSMA president and CEO, said, “We were proud to host such a special event celebrating Black History Month with Nike at our new location, ‘the House,’ in Midtown! Their inspiring stories of overcoming adversities, dreaming BIG and making BOLD moves in pursuit of their dreams while being TRUE to themselves, is very much aligned with our unique mentoring programs and
BBBSMA agency mission: Providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.” Similarly, Janice also spoke of BBBSMA’s bold move into the new house – with positive purpose – to expand our footprint in the community to help the growing number of children in need of mentors.
Our special thanks to Marques Oliver, EKIN-Atlanta, for his event vision and facilitation in making Black History Month a GREAT experience for Atlanta youth and to Coca-Cola and Jimmy John’s of Midtown for their in-kind donations of food and beverages.
See link below for 11Alive coverage of the event that aired during the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, raw interviews and event video, and photos from Chris Mitchell. You also can share your photos with your favorite athlete on FB at http://www.facebook.com/BBBSatl.
We're counting down the days until Bowl For Kids' Sake (BFKS), our first fundraiser of the year! This year’s BFKS is one you won’t want to miss—there will be a special appearance from some of our Atlanta Falcons players! You've seen them move down the gridiron; now watch them live in action and get a signed autograph and photo!
We encourage all corporate, community and individual supporters to participate in this fun teambuilding event! Rally your co-workers, friends or family and start a bowling team of 5-8 people. Each team will collectively raise $1,000, which is the cost of supporting one Big and Little match for a year! All the fundraising efforts are done online through your own personal fundraising page. To register online, or for more information please visit WWW.ATLANTA.KINTERA.ORG/BFKS.
All BIGS: we have an exclusive competition for YOU! You and your Littles are invited to compete for the BIG Top Fundraising Prize: 2 NCAA Final Four tickets! The Top three BIGs who raise $1,000 or more in the BIG Bowling Competition will qualify for the BIG Top prize drawing on March 16th. Raise $200 or more and you will also be invited to join the Bowling Party on March 16th with free bowling and pizza! Plus, all BIGs who sign on a $500+ sponsor will collect $100 credit toward their team goal. Two other Top Fundraisers will be drawn for other great prizes. Don’t miss out!
BFKS 2013 Logo Sponsors
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is excited to be launching some exciting new programs in celebration of National Mentoring Month!
We encourage our Bigs and Littles to get involved and join in the fun while raising awareness for mentoring!
National “I Am A Mentor” Social Media Day
Thursday, January 10
Although this event has passed, we encourage you to continue sharing your mentoring experiences with others on social media, like Facebook, Twitter and Google+. Be sure to tag Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta in your post. You can even change your social media profile picture to this awesome BBBSMA Mentoring Works icon. And don’t miss out on the opportunity to post your MLK Art submission for a chance to win cool prizes (see below for details*).
We hope you will share your positive mentoring experience with others!
National Thank You Day
Thursday, January 17
As a special thanks to our BIGs, we are unveiling a new BIG Appreciation Program. Look for information coming soon in the mail!
Martin Luther King Day
Monday, January 21
*MLK Art Contest with social media tie-in
Participants: BBBSMA current Littles
How It Works: Littles create art that celebrates the life or Dr. Martin Luther King for a chance to win cool prizes! Participating Littles are encouraged to use the words of Dr. King as an inspiration for creating visual art (any medium of choice) that not only celebrates his life and accomplishments but also explores the manners in which his principles and philosophies continue to influence contemporary life.
Entries (original art) along with the artist name and contact information must be received by January 31, 2013 at the house – 1382 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, GA 30309
BBBSMA will select top three (3) winners in each of the following age categories: ages 6-8; ages 9-12; ages 13+. The top three winners of each age category will then be potsed on social media sites to vote for winner.
Finalist artwork by Littles will be sold as an in-kind donation at future BBBSMA events. Non-finalist artwork is encouraged to be given to Bigs from their Littles as a thank you for their positive mentoring influence.
Before Carla was matched in 2009 with Cheyenne, her Little was quiet and shy. In just a few years, Cheyenne has blossomed and is much more lively and outspoken! Mom, Angela, said, “Cheyenne has become more cultured and they are always doing something wonderful and exciting together.” They also do a lot of volunteering and community service for the elderly and less fortunate. Cheyenne says, “Carla is everything I could ask for in a big sister, best friend and mentor all rolled in one. She makes me feel special when she listens as if I am the only person in the room.” Further, Cheyenne states, “ that her life has changed dramatically since I met Carla. I have more self-esteem and I am not afraid to speak my mind. Bigs are, without a doubt, the best thing that could happen to any child.”
We are very proud and thankful for the service and love both Don Freer and Carla Stocker have given to their Littles through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program in metro Atlanta. It is volunteers like Don and Carla that make such a BIG difference in the success of our organization, by changing the lives of the children of our community for the better, forever.
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