Each year, BBBSAZ honors a selection of exceptional Bigs. These individuals were nominated by their Program Specialists and selected out of 1,000 volunteers. Each year, BBBSAZ honors a selection of exceptional Bigs. These individuals were nominated by their Program Specialists and selected out of 1,000 volunteers.
Community-Based Big Sister of the Year: Tammy Rodriguez
As an only child, Little Sister Haylie has faced many challenges. But having Big Sister Tammy there for support for five years now has shown Haylie that there is always someone in her corner. Haylie herself has said that there is nothing that she does not like about her Big Sister. One of the things that Haylie has enjoyed the most about her match with Tammy is how many laughs they have had together.
Community-Based Big Brother of the Year: Andrew Davis
Little Brother Gavin and Big Brother Andrew met when Gavin was only 8 years old and at the time, Gavin’s mom was simply hoping to find an adult male figure to be a good role model to Gavin. Now just shy of Gavin’s 14th birthday and 6 years into their Match, Gavin and his mom describe Andrew as family. He’s been a consistent presence in Gavin’s life and puts a lot of thought into every single interaction they share.
Family Match of the Year: Lachelle & Kurt Mangum
Kurt, Lachele, and Ta’Marius have been matched for 3 years. During the last year, they have managed being matched during a pandemic as best as possible; still giving their little regular phone calls and working with Ta’Marius to improve his multiplication skills with regular practice. Ta’Mariu shared, ”If it wasn’t for them I wouldn’t be the person I am today. A nice and determined young man. Thank you, Kurt and Lachelle for everything.“
Site Based Big of the Year: Marlo Haring Barnum
Big Sister Marlo and Little Sister Areli have been matched in our site-based program at San Marcos Elementary School since 2019. As a site based plus Match, they are able to enjoy outings outside of the school that have expanded Areli’s interests and experiences. And even through the challenging year of 2020, Marlo still made the effort to meet Areli in person when possible, in addition to their virtual visits.
These individuals will be honored in person at our upcoming Big Night Out in The Valley. If you would like to join in the celebration, tickets can still be purchased here.