The 24th Annual Legacy Awards Gala was held at The St. Regis Atlanta on September 22, 2018. The gala benefited our youth mentoring programs in Metro Atlanta, and gave us the opportunity to recognize our 2018 honorees, Jeffrey Sprecher & Kelly Loeffler, who introduced their Big Futures Scholarship. We also recognized Peter Lauer with our 2018 V. Thomas Murray Founder's Award. Our Event Chairs were Paul & Lisa Brown, and our Master of Ceremonies was Sharon Reed.
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is proud to honor Jeff Sprecher and Kelly Loeffler as their 2018 Legacy Honorees for the example they set as leaders and mentors within the Atlanta community. Jeff is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Intercontinental Exchange (NYSE: ICE) and Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange. Kelly is Chief Executive Officer of Bakkt, a regulated, global ecosystem for digital currencies, and is a member of ICE’s Executive Management Committee. They were married in 2004.
Although both Midwesterners born and bred -- Jeff from...more
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta is an organization built on the principle that relationships have the power to create positive change. Our 2018 Founder’s Award recipient, Peter Lauer, has made a lasting positive impact on our agency, and on the youth of Metro Atlanta, by embodying the spirit of our agency’s core ideals and values.
The V. Thomas Murray Founder’s Award is given in memory of the founder of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta, V. Thomas Murray. This award is given each year to a person who has gone above and beyond in contributing to the success and...more
This August, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta introduced our new President & CEO, Kwame Johnson, to our corporate and community partners during a breakfast and lunch held at our offices. During this interactive event, guests were taken on a VIP behind-the-scenes tour with our Program Staff and donated supplies to our Back To School Drive. The event concluded with a presentation by Mr. Johnson who gave a summary of the agency’s future plans for growth and four year strategic plan. We also had some BIG laughs in our Funny Photo Booth!more
On July 30th, the Atlanta Falcons welcomed a group of Littles, Bigs, and Parents to a day at Training Camp in Flowery Branch, Georgia. Our group was greeted at the entrance by team representatives with swag bags filled with Falcons goodies. We were escorted to a VIP seating area to enjoy breakfast while the players warmed up.
Once the practice began, the Littles were amazed by the skills, size, and speed of these incredible, talented players. A few of the Littles, who play football for their school teams, wanted to get out on the field to mix it up with the pros! Maybe in a few more...more
This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta welcomed a new leader. Our President and CEO, Kwame Johnson, offers a wealth of experience in the non-profit sector, and a pragmatic philosophy that promises to move our organization in an exciting new direction. Here Kwame discusses the future of Metro Atlanta’s youth, and the part Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta will take in effecting positive change in our community.
What attracted you to the opportunity to lead Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta?
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by Kwame Johnson
I’ve been the President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta for only a few months now, but I’ve been a fan of the organization for the majority of my career for two reasons: the impact and the results. What is most vital about our approach is that it’s relationship-based. We believe that relationships change people, not programs. How can an individual form a relationship with another individual and change that person’s situation? That’s the power of change: regardless of what zip code they live in, regardless of their family dynamic, that relationship element has produced...more
On June 7, we held our annual Bigs Swing Fore Littles (BSFL) golf tournament at Topgolf Atlanta Midtown. There were approximately 150 attendees representing nearly 80 companies. We raised a total of $134,000 for our one-to-one mentoring programs and everyone had a great time in the process!
The day would not have been possible without our amazing corporate sponsors, especially Presenting Sponsor, IBERIABANK.
Gold Matchmakers included: The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Booster Enterprises, Booth Western Arts Museum/Tellus Science Museum,...more
In June, we pay tribute to our dads by celebrating Father’s Day. We can observe the day by flipping burgers with dad, gifting him the loudest tie we can find, and having a discussion about how surprising the Braves have been this season. While these are all great things to do on Father’s Day, we’d like to suggest another way you can honor the role your dad has played in your life.
What better way to honor the wisdom, advice, and quality time given to you by your father, or other male role models you’ve had, than by passing those things along to a child facing adversity?
On Saturday, June 2nd, we held our annual Graduation Celebration at Georgia State University. Each year, we gather to honor the achievements of our senior Little Brothers and Sisters who are graduating from high school. While this is the formal end of their time in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, the relationship that has been formed in this one-to-one mentoring relationship never truly ends. And we can't forget about our amazing Bigs, who officially become Alumni Bigs!
Board member Tim Wilkerson welcomed our Masters of Ceremonies, Big Sister Bianca and Little Sister Alexis....more