Race-y "Big Night Out" Raises Mentoring Funds for BBBSOS

Big Couple of the Year: Cindy & Anthony Capobianco and Little Brother Chann
 

 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) held its annual event this year at the Omni Hotel, Providence, raising over $160,000!

 

Mary Quadrini, Palmira Azevedo, Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz

The Big Night Out” was a Kentucky Derby-themed event which galloped into the guests’ hearts as Emcee Lindsay Iadeluca, NBC 10 News Reporter, engaged guests throughout the evening while auctioneer Jack Martone got the crowd in the giving mood, raising over $30,000 during the evening’s Live Auction and Fund-A-Match segments, which provide direct financial support to the agency’s local mentoring programs. Guests danced the night away to the sounds of Brass Attack, one of New England’s favorite bands. Oh, and there were cocktails and dinner, too.


Over 250 guests were in attendance to support BBBSOS and the impact mentoring has on the youth of Rhode Island and the local community.  The evening began with heartfelt videos announcing the Big Brother, Big Sister and Big Couple of 2018.  The honored were:

 

Big Sister of the Year: Jennifer Merrill and Little Sister Alexandra


Big Brother of the Year: Nicholas Rodrigues of Lincoln
Big Sister of the Year: Jennifer Merrill of Providence
Big Couple of the Year: Cindy & Anthony Capobianco of West Greenwich

Emcee Lindsay Iadeluca, NBC 10 News Reporter and her guest Michael Brennan

The 2018 Legacy Award was presented to MetLife Auto & Home for being a long time, significant donor in support of the agency’s mission.

BBBSOS Board President Brendan Kane challenged his friends and colleagues to support the agency’s mission and single-handedly raised $70,000.  That night he personally thanked the “President’s Circle Donors” for answering his call to action, and instilled a sense of pride by reminding them that they’ve “invested not just in the future of a child, but the community as a whole.”

 

Katie Neves, Monique St. Paul, and Carlos Neves


The organization was delighted with the results of the event, which supports its mission of providing mentors to the youth of Rhode Island who will motivate and empower them to make positive decisions, improve academic results, avoid risky behaviors, and grow in a way that will positively impact our community. Currently there are over 90 boys waiting for a mentor.  Tiana Ochoa, Program Director at BBBSOS said, “With more and more children applying for a mentor every day, raising money for our programs is becoming even more crucial. Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is committed to providing quality mentors and we need the community’s support to accomplish our mission.”

 

Big Brother of the Year: Nicholas Rodrigues and Little Brother Angell

 

To learn more about becoming a mentor to a child in Rhode Island, visit www.BBBSOS.org or call 401.921.2434 ext. 101.

 

 Big Sister of the Year: Jennifer Merrill and Little Sister Alexandra

 

Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz, Palmira Azevedo & guest

 

 BBBSOS Executive Director, Katje Afonseca and Board President Brendan Kane

 

BBBSOS Founding Mother, Dr. Dorothy Pieniadz, Little Sister Alexandra & Little Brother Chann

 

 Contributed photos

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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