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VOLUME 18

YEAR 20

X THIS YEAR ’S BOWL FOR KIDS’ SAKE WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS! WHO WON THE BIG PRIZES AND EVENT UPDATES HERE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

X A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BOARD MEMBER: JORDANA MCVEY. YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR, BIG SISTER AND MORE. . . . . . . 3

X SUPPORT BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS IN LITTLE WAYS EVERYDAY: IDEAS THAT YOU MIGHT NOT HAVE THOUGHT OF . . 4

THE

Big News 2010

OUR MISSION TO ASSIST CHILDREN AND YOUTH TO

ACHIEVE THEIR HIGHEST POTENTIAL BY PROVIDING Q U A L I T Y M E N T O R I N G R E L AT I O N S H I P S

WIth more and more little boys on the waiting list, these female volunteers are becoming friends and heros to these Little Brothers.

Being a Big Sister to a Little Brother Over 30 little boys between 7-14 are currently on our waitlist, waiting to be matched to a caring, volunteer Big Brother. Although finding Big Brothers would be ideal, it is one of our greatest challenges. Thankfully the story doesn’t just stop there. Some incredible female volunteers have been and are being matched to some of these Little Brothers. Angela and Nick are one such match. Angela, being a surfer, and Nick, a snowboarder, set out to not only become

friends but to teach each other their sports. Angela taught Nick to surf, and Nick taught Angela how to snowboard. Every year, Angela helps Nick wash cars to save money for a season pass to snowboard. They have many great photos of their adventures to prove it. (photo left) Some little boys definitiely want to wait for a Big Brother and wait anywhere from a few weeks to several years. To read about becoming a Big Brother or to apply, visit santacruzmentor.org.

Celebrating the Match of the Year

Joan Donato & Annangel, 2010 santacruzmentor.org/ AboutBBBS_ MatchoftheYear.html

On October 9, 2001, Fifty-nine year old Joan Donato was matched to an 8 year old girl, Annangel, in Big Brothers Big Sistersʼ One-to-One mentoring program. Their weekly time was spent going to museums, rollerskating and rollerblading, and other activities. As Ann Angel matured and developed, she struggled to make relational connections with peers and adults. Joan stood by. From helping Annangel find a gymnastics class to becoming what Annangelʼs mother Debbie called “a friend of the family”, Joanʼs consistency in support to Annangelʼs life and development was more than significant. Eight years later, sixteen year-old Annangel has grown into a confident young woman-- becoming a woman of relational strength and kindness. Despite any challenges this match may have faced, their relationship has grown and developed to the extent that they consider each other as family. The match celebrates their 8th anniversary this year, as well as having been awarded the first annual Match of the Year.


Bowl for Kids’ Sake a Big Success!

C ELEBRATING OUR M ATCHES

Over 550 Participants, over $106K raised for local youth mentoring, and a whole lot of fun for all!

8 YEARS Joan Donato & Annangel 6 YEARS Beverly Blach & Samantha Murray Nass & Edward Nicole Hopping & Ashley 4 YEARS Angela Gray & Nick John Marshall & Samuel Wendy Rae Johnson & Shiloh Julia Tinder & Charisse Fernan Moncloa & Jonathan Paul Bargetto & Noah 3 YEARS Ryan Velasco & Marco Chris Frost & Andrew Larry Sogolow & Parker Dan Misko & John Gail Maidson-Goodhue & Kena Adam Berg & Joia Richard Huffman & Richard Jae Pasari & Zach

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s annual bowl-athon, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake”, was a striking success, thanks to the 550+ participants ranging from agency volunteers to company CEO’s. Over $106K was raised to aid local youth mentoring programs. New this year were nineteen “Matchmaker Teams”– which each raised $1000 or more--

2 YEARS Mallee Sato & Noah August Materazzi & Collin Mahesh Grossman & Nick Jack Sparks & Kade John Parker & Isaa Tracey Ziomek & Timathy Deidra Czech & Seattle Zach Worthington & Clayton Aimee Kerr & Angilina

funding the cost of matching a mentor and a Little Brother or Sister. These teams were also entered in a special prize drawing donated by the Seaside Company: two tickets on the Chardonnay II, two all-day passes to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, and two BBBS water bottles-- for each winning team member. The winning Matchmaker team was Alan Bean, James Anderson, Jennifer Zabel, Soon-Young Apple, and team captain Lisa Murphy. JoJo Urbancic, who has participated in the event for over 20 years, raised $3520 in support of BBBS mentoring.

Thanks to our Major Sponsors: Ow Family Properties, Boardwalk Bowl, Cabrillo Lanes, Wells Fargo Bank, Granite Construction, Bay Federal Credit Union, Superior Foods, Santa Cruz Sentinel, GoodTimes, KWAV, Z 97.9, Register-Pajaronian, and Comcast Spotlight.

Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta 2010 The 20th annual Regatta will be THE event Labor Day Weekend. Hosted by Santa Cruz Yacht Club. thrilling finish.

1 YEAR Chris Leon & Dante Michelle Davies & Claire Nina Martinez & Brenda Robyn Hickerson& Julian Ana Garcia Garcia & Maria Carrie Zar & Naomi Sarah Hannaleck & Barbara Ron and Connie Airey & Jonathan Wendy Lezin & Katrina Eliina Keitelman & Elizabeh Crystal Saucedo & Angel Sam Blaine & Todd Cordell Trumbo & Josh Jane Lee & Emma Bonnie Breda & Nicole Amy Huenergardt & Emily Lisa Flora & Megan Jennet Ramirez & Bailey

Participating bowlers and top fundraisers won t-shirts and prizes donated by local merchants. The grand prize package was awarded to top fundraiser Tom Canfield, bringing in over $3000: an overnight stay in a deluxe beach front room at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, dinner for two at Ma Maison restaurant, two tickets to the Nickelodeon Theatre, a round of golf at Pasatiempo Golf Course for 2, and a bottle of Soquel Vineyards Wine.

Coming up Sunday, September 5th of Labor Day weekend will be the 19th annual Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta for Big Brothers Big Sisters, hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. New this year, the Regatta will be also be a part of the annual Windjammer Race. The Regatta is the largest SCYC sponsored regatta and a crucial fundraiser for BBBS. A reversestart race makes this regatta unique, and the style of racing makes for a competitive and

All are welcome to participate! Don’t sail? You can purchase tickets to the Chardonnay II, watch the race, and then return to the harbor for dinner and entertainment. Enter the $100 raffle for a chance to win a week vacation to Sayulita, Mexico (including airfare), or take part in the $10 raffle or silent auction for a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses. Email info@santacruzmentor.org or call (831) 464-8691 to sign up or for more information. We’re also looking for:

- donated gifts and services. Let us know if you have anything you’d like to contribute! - committee and day-of event volunteers. If interested, please contact info@santacruzmentor. org or call (831) 464-8691. All proceeds will directly benefit BBBS youth mentoring Programs in Santa Cruz County. By making this event a tradition of goodwill, the SCYC has continued to support the work BBBS does for the community. This year’s event once again promises to be a great time for crews, captains, and families.


A Day in the Life of a BBBS Board Member Jordana McVey isn’t your average young adult-having an international business, being a Big Sister, and contributing to the BBBS board.

For 28 years, the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County has been actively involved in the life and growth of the agency-giving valuable time and resources, networking, as well as contributing financially Young entrepreneur, Jordana McVey, is just one of the BBBS Board’s interesting members. She is the owner of a handbag and knitwear company, Jordana Paige, which she founded seven years ago as a freshman in college. Jordana has developed a brand that is recognized worldwide

within the knitting industry. was caught by Figure 1.7 in her Her knitwear designs have marketing book while studying been published in many books, at San Jose State University. It magazines and was an advertisement most recently, for Big Brothers Big Positive changes in my under her own Sisters. Although she Little Sister inspired me label. couldn’t remember to want to help more why the ad was being children by joining the used as an example in Jordana has Board... her book, its message been a Big Sister JORDANA MCVEY stuck in her mind. through Big Shortly after graduating Jordana Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay became a Big Sister, and over two Area for over three years. Jordana years later, became part of the says that the positive changes in Board of Directors. her Little inspired her to want to help more children by joining the For more information Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters about the BBBS Board, visit of Santa Cruz County in 2009. santacruzmentor.org/Contact_ MeetourBoard.html Several years ago Jordana’s eye

Letters from just two of the Families We Serve For over 15 years now, the After-School Program in Watsonville has supported the children & families in Watsonville.

“To whom it might concern: Through this letter, I would like to thank the Big Brothers Big Sisters After-School program for all of the help and support it has provided for my son. For all of the different activities that the program has to offer as well as all the help he has received with his homework, among other things. I have noticed a great improvement in my son since he started to attend the program. He is now getting

up reading workshops for the better grades and he is also able children and this helped my to communicate better with daughter very much. ... Thank his teacher and with the other you very much for all of your children. I wish for the program support.” to continue I have noticed a great to support improvement in my The After-School and provide son since he started to Program takes all its diverse place Tuesdays & activities, for all attend....better grades... Wednesdays, 3:30the children here communicates better... MAYRA, MOTHER 5:30pm. Volunteers for many more help students with their years, including homework, laugh and enjoy my son....” their company, and lead fun and educational projects. Guest “My name is Martina and I have 4 speakers also come to share of my children currently attending about vocations or educational the ... Program. ... My daughter topics monthly. santacruzmentor. Jackie did not know how to read org/Volunteer_AfterSchool.html very well and the Program set

C ELEBRATING OUR M ATCHES CONTINUED 1 YEAR con’t: Bonnie Cobin & Christian Missy Rossi & Aiden NEW MATCHES Brian Lozano & Michael Christy Smaby & Kaitlin Richard Huffman & Alexis Audrey Ching & Ruby Teddy Howard & Damian Morgan Harrelson & Chris Jessica Rohrer & Amanda Sam McCarthy & Skylar Celicia Fikes & Naima Holly Cagliero & Sophia Angela Tizzano & Brian Annie Leekley & Laura Jamie McCabe & Lily Suzanna Fredrickson & Mariela Anthoula Vlachos & Seaira Alfredo Renteria & Michael Nicole Kelley & Stephanie Emily Tewes & Lalita Tarah Basillico & Dorothy Criag Blount & Jose Julia Koch & Andrew Nicolle Phillips & Brienna Dona Fullerton & Lilian Justine Angulo & Hugh Nancy Long & Crystal Irene Medina & Jessica Sarah Collier & Brooke Benjamin Kaplan & Max Antonia Miano & Christian Jackie Gollbach & James Tatiana Bachurtz & Allie Brenda Sherman & Oscar Alan Clark & David Jennifer Hoffseth & Akiah

For more information on Volunteering as a Big Brother / Big Sister or with the After-School Program:

santacruzmentor.org or email info@ santacruzmentor.org


Support Big Brothers Big Sisters Everyday in Little Ways Whether you support us from afar, volunteer, donate or partner, here are little ways to keep in touch and help us spread the word.

VISIT LAST TUESDAYS at WOODSTOCK PIZZA The Last Tuesday of every month at Woodstock Pizza, dowtown SC. Mention BBBS and Woodstock donates up to 25% of your meal to BBBS. FOLLOW US ON TWITTER Twitter.com/bbbssantacruz From fun pictures of match activities to the latest on events, stay in the loop on Twitter, Retweets are most welcome. BE OUR FAN ON FACEBOOK

Facebook.com/bbbssantacruz With BBBS in your Facebook feed, you won’t just be in touch, but in the loop with the latest stories and photos of how we are changing the way children grow up in Santa Cruz County. INVITE US TO YOUR WORKPLACE Staff meeting, faire, event, etc. Invite us to share for 5-10 minutes about what we do and give info for anyone interested in volunteering or partnering. HANG A FLYER / LINKEXCHANGE Website link exchange, ad unit, or hang a flyer about BBBS

ONLINE LINKS Partner Donate Volunteer

Let us know if you would like to feature an ad unit on your personal website/blog or company site. Hang a flyer in your breakroom or window. Email info@santacruzmentor.org DONATE YOUR CAR Call (800) 710-9145 Call the toll-free number, designate BBBS of Santa Cruz County, and we’ll take care of the rest. Your vehicle will be picked up, processed and turned into a lifetime of memories for kids in our community. ABOVE PHOTO: Little Brother Jose and Big Brother Craig donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.

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Volunteer santacruzmentor.org/GetStarted_ Application.html

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BBBS E Newsletter May 2010