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Media inquiries:
Jessica Whitney
Vice President of Development & Marketing
jwhitney@bbbsaz.org
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona In the News

Big Brothers Big Sisters 'Tee Up For Kids' event raises $72k

On June 5, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona hosted its annual Tee Up For Kids Topgolf Tournament presented by DEPCOM Power and Leslie’s Pool Supplies...READ MORE

Six Cronkite Alumni Named to 2021 Sun Devil 100 List for Successful Entrepreneurs

Six alumni from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University have been named to the Sun Devil 100, which celebrates the achievements and successes of some of the university’s most successful graduates...READ MORE

Antonya Williams promoted to Executive Vice President at McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. announced Antonya Williams was promoted to executive vice president and was also appointed to serve on the firm’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT). As executive vice president, Williams will continue to lead the Southwest region’s marketing and business development teams in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado and New Mexico as well as national markets including water and renewable energy. In addition, as a new member of the firm’s ELT, she serves as a steward of the company’s culture, guiding the firm’s national business strategy, including market sector team growth and development...READ MORE

Arizona Department of Educations announces additional $16 million in federal relief and recovery allocations

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman and the Arizona Department of Education on Tuesday, May 11, announced the distribution of over $16 million to support Arizona’s public schools, educators, leaders, and families through strategic partnerships and initiatives...READ MORE

Arizona Organization Congratulates Big Brother & Mentor to Community Youth

On Friday April 9, 2021 Big Brother Mentor/Officer James Milano was recognized as the Site Based Big of the Year at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona’s Big Night Out Event in Phoenix. The program was attended by many, both online and in-person, and honored the impact of mentorship and the unlimited possibilities it can create for the youth in our community...READ MORE

Super Star Car Wash Opens 33rd Location in Vista

The company is heavily involved in the communities it serves, giving back to charitable causes and such organizations as Boys & Girls Clubs, Big Brothers Big Sisters and The Society of St. Vincent de Paul...READ MORE

Sara Begley Wins Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2021 AZ Corporate Counsel Awards

CopperPoint Insurance Companies' Sara Begley, Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, received a special Lifetime Achievement Award in the 2021 AZ Corporate Counsel Awards. She was also a finalist in the category of Private Company General Counsel of the Year...READ MORE

Big Night Out Goes to the Wild Side!

The hybrid event included an interactive auction led by Letitia Frye and some special guests including a fairly large snake to kick-off the evening! Sheriff Paul Penzone, Veronica Penzone, Congressman Greg Stanton and Nicole Stanton also continued their long standing support of the organization with special video messages from home...READ MORE

Spring cleaning? 20 places to donate used clothing and items in metro Phoenix

Let’s face it, we all have clothes that fit before the pandemic that don’t anymore, or items we said we’d get around to using in quarantine but never did.

With spring comes spring cleaning, and there are plenty of places across the Valley where you can donate your freshly laundered, new and lightly used items to do some good while cleaning out your closet.

Here are 20 options for where to donate your used clothes and goods in metro Phoenix...READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeks Teams for 'Tee Up For Kids'

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) is looking for organizations and individuals to participate in its annual Tee Up For Kids Topgolf Tournament presented by DEPCOM Power and Leslie’s Pool Supplies. Additional top sponsors include Fry’s Food Stores and Alliance Bank of Arizona among others. The tournament will be held on Saturday, June 5th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm at Topgolf Scottsdale: 9500 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, AZ 85256...READ MORE

Arizona Gives Day on April 6 more vital than ever as nonprofits struggle

It was holiday time, the end of 2020, when Miriam came into the office of AZCEND, a Chandler nonprofit that helps families, senior citizens and individuals who are living in poverty and crisis...READ MORE

Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson continues distinguished career at ASU

Christine Kajikawa Wilkinson’s career at Arizona State University has spanned many executive leadership roles, from admissions to athletics, in addition to her role as a tenured faculty member in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation in the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. A long-standing executive leader in public higher education and a dedicated community service leader, Wilkinson currently serves in three capacities at Arizona State University: senior vice president and secretary of the university, president and CEO of the ASU Alumni Association and managing director of the trustees of ASU...READ MORE

Bigs and Littles Celebrate a Big Night Out in the Wild with Annual Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) celebrates the 66th anniversary of serving the central Phoenix community, providing mentorship to youth in the area. All money raised from the gala will be used to continue supporting matches in Central Arizona. This year, the Big Night Out is being offered as a hybrid event with in-person and virtual options for attendees...READ MORE

176 Arizona nonprofits receive Season for Sharing grants, many to help address COVID-19 needs

The 2020-21 Season for Sharing campaign raised $2.1 million to be shared by these 176 nonprofit agencies across Arizona. Because The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com cover all promotional and administrative costs, 100 percent of donations go to community organizations...READ MORE

'I really want to dive into this community': Cardinals LB Devon Kennard stays involved

Devon Kennard and Derek Kennard Sr. already share so much. The father-son duo both played for the Cardinals, the third pair to do so. They now live near each other, neighbors at last, after Devon, 29, spent the last few years living in other time zones... READ MORE

NFL stars talk 'power of mentorship' for kids at Tuesday night Zoom event

The NFL is teaming up with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to inspire change as we kick off Black History Month.

On Tuesday evening they set up a chance for families to chat with one of our Arizona Cardinals about the power of mentorship and how to set kids up for success in life... READ MORE

On the move at Insight Land, Lewis Roca, BofA, AAWL, NATAS

Jackson provides a full spectrum of intellectual property services and works closely with clients to help them develop comprehensive, global brand strategies. Clients value his creativity, strategic judgment, and ability to understand their business needs to help them best achieve their goals. He works with a wide range of clients in various industries including a Fortune 500 global technology solutions provider, a global billion-dollar tool manufacturer, and an internationally recognized research university. David manages complex global trademark portfolios for clients and also advises them on trademark selection, clearance and prosecution, trademark protection and enforcement including litigation, intellectual property agreements and transactions, and online intellectual property issues... READ MORE

A Letter from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona 

As we head into the end of possibly the most isolating year yet, there are more children who are in desperate need of mentorship. We are currently experiencing a once in a lifetime pandemic. Schools have been out for months. Families are having to make tough decisions at the dinner table and we are also living through civil unrest due to the racial inequities that plague our society. Although it seems we have a lot of new challenges to address, one thing that has not changed is the need for good mentors. Now more than ever, our youth need a mentor in their corner to help them navigate through life’s most pressing challenges. Sometimes the gift of your time is more valuable than anything you can buy a child.... READ MORE

Invest in gift of yourself and be a virtual mentor

As we head into possibly the most isolating holiday season yet, there are more children who are in desperate need of mentorship. We are experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic. Schools have been out for months. Families are having to make tough decisions at the dinner table, and we are also living through civil unrest due to the racial inequities that plague our society. Although it seems we have a lot of new challenges to address, one thing that has not changed is the need for good mentors... READ MORE

Piper Trust exceeds grantmaking annual average with $27.7 million awarded so far in the year of COVID-19

PHOENIX, Ariz.— The end of a tumultuous 2020 brings forecasts of continued public health, economic, and social stresses in the new year. It’s abundantly clear that meeting this ongoing moment, filled with extraordinary challenges for individuals and communities, means doing more than the usual, and it often means doing things differently. Here’s what responsiveness looks like at Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.. READ MORE

Local pair bonds through mentoring program

Watching the comfortable and friendly way in which North Central resident Martez Killens, 38, and Savad , 14, talk, joke around and otherwise interact it might seem as though the two are relatives... READ MORE

Letters to the Editor

As we head into possibly the most isolating holiday season yet, there are more children who are in desperate need of mentorship. 

Although it seems we have a lot of new challenges to address, one thing that has not changed is the need for good mentors. Now more than ever, our youth need a mentor in their corner to help them navigate through life’s most pressing challenges. Sometimes the gift of your time is more valuable than anything you can buy a child... READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona mentors 1,600 kids a year. Your donations help.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona works to provide professionally supported mentorships and programs for more than 1,600 kids a year.

"Its vision is simple but ambitious — that all children achieve success in life. By taking a positive youth development approach, BBBS helps youth recognize and enhance their skills and personality traits during their paths to adulthood," said Laura Capello, president and CEO of the organization... READ MORE

The Mayor's Arts Awards Are Postponed - Plus More Metro Phoenix Arts News

It's been a busy year for the metro Phoenix arts scene, even as artists and cultural organizations have faced the challenges wrought by COVID-19. Here's a look at some of the latest arts news to help you keep your pulse on the city's creative side... READ MORE

Report: Larry Fitzgerald tests positive for COVID-19

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald has tested positive for COVID-19, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero. Fitzgerald will miss Sunday’s game at the New England Patriots as a result... READ MORE

The 30 Best Holiday Light Displays in Phoenix in 2020

For Kyle and Sammy Pratt, decorating their house for the holidays isn’t simply a matter of retrieving a box of lights from storage sometime after Thanksgiving. It’s an almost year-long obsession that starts in March, long after most people have stashed away their wreaths and ornaments and artificial trees... READ MORE

Larry Fitzgerald, Bill Belichick Remain Constants Amid Change

The game of football thrusts a nomadic existence onto most in its orbit. Cam Newton is the quarterback for the Patriots, a sight unforeseen a year ago. The Cardinals have churned their roster so much the past few years that Haason Reddick is simultaneously one of the most-tenured players on the team and still on his rookie deal... READ MORE

Meet Adrian Jamieson | Vice President 

We had the good fortune of connecting with Adrian Jamieson and we’ve shared our conversation below... READ MORE

Mentors needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona

Devin Del Palacio is the director of community outreach for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Central Arizona. Now more than ever, what he is doing from behind his desk is making a huge difference on the other side of his computer screen... READ MORE

In Business Magazine Celebrates 15 Valley Women for Leadership in a Time When It Is Needed More than Ever

In Business Magazine, once again, brought together top local women of achievement to share their stories and inspire Valley business leaders at the annual Women of Achievement in a live broadcast. Fifteen Valley Women of Achievement were celebrated for their achievements in leadership at a time when leadership is needed more than ever before... READ MORE

U.S. House, District 9: COVID-19 relief package, climate change are top priorities for Greg Stanton

With the election just days away, Cronkite News is profiling candidates on the Nov. 3 ballot. How would you rate Arizona’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic? “We’ve had almost close to 6,000 people die in the state of Arizona – that’s unacceptable. … I’m pretty angry about it because it didn’t have to happen.” READ MORE

Our Ian Schwartz WALKED through a car wash this morning! Because Ian!

Only Ian! Because Arizona's Family made wonderfully generous donations to Paul's Pay It Forward Car Wash benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, our Ian Schwartz geared Up (for safety) and walked through the car wash Friday morning. "I've never been cleaner!" Ian said when it was over. It was epic! We really can't describe it, so click here to watch Paul Horton's masterful play-by-play. ... READ MORE

The 20 Best Haunted Houses and Halloween Displays in Phoenix in 2020

This year, that one’s practically written in stone. So are several others, thanks to COVID-19. Visit haunted houses in the Phoenix area this October, and you’ll find characters and cast members serving up scares while maintaining a healthy social distance. They’ll be wearing face coverings — both of the costume and PPE variety. Some will even have to get their temperatures checked prior to being handed a chainsaw and reporting for their graveyard shifts... READ MORE

Credit Union West supports fundraising event for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Credit Union West is sponsoring Paul’s Car Wash, in association with Arizona’s Family News and CBS 5 Chief Meteorologist Paul Horton for a week-long virtual car wash that began Oct. 19... READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives $7,000 from GCU during Paul's Car Wash

Grand Canyon University had an active check presentation where they donated $7,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters during Paul's Car Wash. Sponsored by: Valley Honda Dealers... READ MORE

GCU throws a Purple Party for Paul's Car Wash 

The mud-spackled Ford F-150s and lightly dusted Toyota Priuses might not have been there, but the Grand Canyon University machine of Spirit Teams was gathered nonetheless, revving up the excitement level for one of GCU’s favorite community events, Paul’s Pay It Forward Car Wash... READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona to host 13th annual car wash charity event

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona 13th annual Paul’s Pay It Forward Car Wash is coming to the Valley next week, Monday, Oct. 19 through Friday, Oct. 23.

This year’s event is slightly different due to the atmosphere created by COVID-19. It promises to deliver the excitement and community bonding experience of years past as well as some fresh, new ideas. For the first time, the car wash will take place virtually... READ MORE

Phoenix Suns Charities Rebirths SC88 Program to Include Top Servant Community Leaders

Eight years ago, Phoenix Suns Charities created a program, Suns Charities 88, for leaders focused on professional development, philanthropy and collaborating with like-minded professionals. Today, the program resets and offers behind-the-scenes Suns experiences with high-level Arizona leaders... READ MORE

Central Arizona organization awarded $100,000 grant

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona announced a $100,000 grant received from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust Sept. 21. The funds will be used to further the work of Big and Little matches as well as assist in making new matches. Amidst today’s climate due to the pandemic, the youth of BBBSAZ are in uncharted territories. They are lacking access to in-person social networks and having a caring adult mentor to help them navigate this changing atmosphere is pivotal to development...READ MORE

Avondale Police Department makes multiple promotions

The Avondale Police Department recently promoted five officers. Lt. Olivia Contreras was hired by the Avondale Police Department in 2005. In 2015, she was promoted to patrol sergeant and currently works in the Criminal Investigations Bureau overseeing the Special Victims Unit (SVU)... READ MORE

In Business Magazine Celebrates 15 Valley Women for Leadership in a Time When It Is Needed More Than Ever

In Business Magazine is, once again, bringing together top local women of achievement to share their stories and inspire Valley business leaders at the annual Women of Achievement event on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, in a live broadcast for registered guests. Fifteen Valley Women of Achievement are being celebrated for their achievements in leadership at a time when leadership is needed more than ever before... READ MORE

Paul's Pay it Forward Car Wash is back virtually for 2020

Paul’s Pay It Forward Car Wash is back this year. However, because of safety concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the car wash will be virtual. The week-long fundraiser is from Oct. 19 - 23...READ MORE

The other judge who should have been included on Arizona's 'Women of the Century' list

In commemorating 100 years of the women’s right to vote, The Arizona Republic selected and wrote stories on whom their panel of experts believe are “Arizona’s 10 Most Influential and Iconic Women From the Past Century.” READ MORE

Paul Horton Interview

Every year, Paul Horton rolls up his sleeves to wash hundreds of cars in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona...READ MORE

Phoenix Stories 2020: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona make new ways to meet even during pandemic

During Covid-19, the youth in the BBBSAZ program faced extreme stressors including increased anxiety, uncertainty around the health and safety of their families, and lack of access to regular school and social support networks...READ MORE

Big Brothers Big Sisters Welcomes New Board Chair

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the United States, appoints a new Board Chair and welcomes a new Executive Committee...READ MORE

On the move at McCarthy, Lon's, BBBSAZ, CBRE

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ), one of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in the United States, appointed a new Board Chair and welcomes a new Executive Committee... READ MORE

Arizona coalition focuses on inspiring young men in higher education

It didn’t take Larry Ross, a fifth-generation educator who launched the Omega Youth Leadership Academy in Arizona, long in his career to notice that there’s a group of students who go unnoticed when it comes to setting high goals after high school...READ MORE

Goodyear City Council approves funding

On July 13, Goodyear City Council unanimously approved fiscal year 2020-21 community funding support to nonprofit organizations. Community support includes helping people find employment and housing.vThe total funding of $114,000 will be allocated to several nonprofits, including Big Brothers and Sisters of Central Arizona, All Faith Community Services and Phoenix Rescue Mission...READ MORE

Councilwoman helps struggling Scottsdale Cares

Every month, thousands of Scottsdale residents pay an extra dollar on their utility bills to support area nonprofits that provide critical services to community members in need.

The program, called Scottsdale Cares, has raised in excess of $3 million since its inception in 1995...READ MORE

1o7 Corporations Partner with Catholic Education Arizona to Create Future Leaders

Catholic Education Arizona, (CEA) a School Tuition Organization serving the Diocese of Phoenix 37 Catholic schools, offers Arizona businesses an opportunity to change lives and develop the future workforce through private education choices with Arizona Corporate Tax Credits. Catholic Education Arizona partners with Arizona businesses to make families' choice in education affordable...READ MORE

Goodyear awards $114,400 in grants to nonprofits

The Goodyear City Council unanimously approved $114,400 in grants for 21 nonprofit organizations that serve the community during its regular meeting Monday, July 13...READ MORE