GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Wisconsin (BBBSNEW) celebrated its 50th Annual Appreciation Banquet on Tuesday, May 3rd, 2022, at the Rock Garden Conference Center. More than 150 mentors, youth, board members, volunteers and donors celebrated this huge milestone highlighting their participation in the organization’s youth mentoring programs.
The evening’s award ceremony honored the following award recipients:
President’s Award – This award recognized the organization as the most significant contributor of time, talent and resources in 2021. This year’s award recipient was Schneider.
Marie Krohn Award – Board Member of the Year – In recognition for outstanding volunteerism by a board member, this year’s recipient was Wendy Koehler from Schreiber Foods.
Partnership of the Year Award – Recognition of a significant partner in the community. This year’s recipients were Wisconsin Document Imaging and Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream.
Paul J. Schierl Volunteer of the Year Award – Recognition of volunteer who, in the past year, has truly encompassed the mission and vision of what Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about. This year’s recipient was Samantha Sperberg.
Site-Based Match of the Year – A site-based match who has been together two+ years, has had a great connection, and goes above and beyond for each other. This year’s match was Big Brother Dennis Reckelberg and his Little Brother Daylin.
Community-Based Match of the Year – A community-based match who has been together two+ years, has had a great connection and goes above and beyond for each other. This year’s match was Big Sister Deb Whitelaw-Gorski and her Little Sister Rosemary.
As part of the 50th anniversary, BBBSNEW is launching an ambitious campaign to recruit 50 Bigs in 50 days.
“With nearly 90 children waiting to be matched in Northeast Wisconsin right now, our message is urgent. We need more volunteer mentors, and we need the public’s support to get the word out. If someone is thinking about being a mentor, they can find more info at www.bbbsnew.org/be-a-big/” said Executive Director Monica McClure.
The 50 Bigs in 50 Days Campaign began May 3rd, 2022, and runs through June 22nd, 2022. The ultimate goal is to increase awareness for those Littles still waiting for their Big. The campaign will feature community events, celebrations, friendly match competitions, and highlight current and past BBBSNEW matches in social media posts called Flashback Fridays. To find out more about the 50 in 50 Campaign, please visit the BBBSNEW website at www.bbbsnew.org.