Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake Earns
2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award
Awarded for Team Leadership and Quality Community Programming
– March 28, 2017 - Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBSGC),
has been named a 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award winner.
This honor was awarded to 35 affiliate agencies out of over 300 nationwide.
“I am proud of
our organization’s dedication, hard work, and commitment to exceeding our
national standards,” said Kera Ritter, President and CEO of BBBSGC. “Our
professional staff excelled during a challenging year, resulting in positive
outcomes for our youth and the Greater Baltimore region.”
In the past
year, BBBSGC has served 979 children by connecting them with a supportive adult
volunteer (“Bigs”) and supporting those mentoring relationships. The quality
award recognizes BBBSGC for its excellent community programming.
between a Big and Little takes care and attention, and this Quality Award shows
that BBBSGC has done an outstanding job serving children in its community,”
said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the America.
Award also reflects the care and attention that goes into each match between a
Big and a Little. BBBSGC will receive the award at the Big Brothers Big Sisters
of America National Conference in San Diego, California, in June 2017.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater
Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake (BBBSGC), founded in 1952, is the oldest
and largest youth mentoring organization in the State of Maryland. The agency
currently serves almost 1,000 youth in the Greater Chesapeake area. BBBSGC
provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally
supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better,
Brothers Big Sisters of America
Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong, enduring,
professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their
lives for the better, forever. Big Brothers Big Sisters ensures that the
children in its program achieve measurable outcomes, including educational
success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence,
and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the
organization’s 113-year history. With over 300 affiliates across the country,
Big Brothers Big Sisters has served more than 2 million children (“Littles”) in
the past 10 years. Learn more at www.bbbs.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors Art Modell
"Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Chesapeake is greatly saddened by Mr. Art Modell’s passing and grieve a great man and philanthropic leader who, along with his beloved wife Pat, truly made a difference in helping vulnerable children succeed. Art and Pat Modell were ardent supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters, believing that all children deserve at least one person that can shape their character and help them thrive. Love and friendship are basic human needs, but for thousands of Maryland children, they are elusive. This is why Art and Pat were so passionate about the work that Big Brothers Big Sisters does to provide mentors who can be trusted friends.
For decades, Art and Pat were known as mentors par excellence. They hosted the Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Party for children and youth in our programs. For many of these children, this party was the only holiday celebration that they would have, and Art and Pat made it so memorable. They hosted more than 8,000 Bigs and Littles at M&T Stadium, offering kid-friendly food, games, tours of the field, a teen lounge, and a chance to meet the players and cheerleaders. For our children, it was the highlight of the year.
Art and Pat’s legacy will continue through Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Art of Caring” Award. Ten years ago, we created this award and named it after Art, its first recipient, for his true leadership in philanthropy and for exemplifying what mentoring truly meant. Since Mr. Modell had not yet been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Big Brothers Big Sisters created our own to honor his commitment to youth and his philanthropic endeavors here in Baltimore. In the years that followed, we have given the award to those whose contributions to mentoring and caring for children and youth deserved a place in the “Hall of Fame.”
We are inspired by Art and Pat’s legacy in caring for Maryland children over the years. Though we are incredibly saddened that Art is no longer with us, he and Pat made an indelible mark on all of us and the children and youth in our programs. We know that their legacy will continue to live on in us and in the thousands of Maryland children they served." - Wendy Bohdel, Acting Chief Operating Officer