START SOMETHING BREAKFAST A BIG SUCCESS
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa
(BBBSNEIA) thanks the community for making the 2nd Annual Black
Hawk/Bremer Start Something Breakfast a BIG success. The organization raised over $19,500, which
will be used to match waiting youth, or “Littles,” with a mentor, or “Bigs,” in
the community. BBBSNEIA will serve over
530 youth in 2017 in Black Hawk, Bremer, Butler, Buchanan, Fayette & Floyd
Counties. Without the support of many individuals, volunteers, local companies
and sponsors, this would not be possible.
Over 300 guests attended the
event, held at the Hilton Garden Inn (Cedar Falls), to learn more about the organization and pledge their
support for BBBSNEIA. 35 Big/Little matches also attended the event and joined
guests at each table, sharing their stories and the positive impact BBBSNEIA
has had on their lives.
The agency presented nine mentors the coveted Big of the Year
Award for the difference they have made in their Littles’ life. Rookie Big of the Year recipients, mentors
new to the program, were awarded to Sandy Stanley, (Waverly), Thomas Dalton, (Cedar
Falls), Kendra Crawford, (Cedar Falls), and Ben Kribs, (Cedar Falls). Big of the Year recipients, mentors matched with the same
Little in a long-standing relationship, were Lydia Smith, (Waverly), Erin
Bird, (Waverly), Harrison Cass, (Waterloo), Jim Larson, (Cedar Falls), and Eric
The agency honored three
businesses from Northeast Iowa that have supported BBBSNEIA for many years by
committing financial resources, volunteers, and in-kind donations. The “Big”
Businesses of the Year were awarded to First Maxfield Mutual Insurance
Association (Denver) and CBE Companies, and the Rookie Business of the Year, a
new supporter to the agency, was awarded to Peters Construction. The agency
presented two Service Organization of the Year Awards to the Cedar Falls
Kiwanis Rough Risers and the Greater Waverly Kiwanis.
The agency also presented two
Volunteer of the Year Awards. Eligible
volunteers included all non-mentor volunteers that support the agency annually
at special events, on boards, or committees.
This year’s recipients were Jeff Becker (Lincoln Savings Bank) and Erica
St. John (CBE Companies).
BBBSNEIA thanks Silver
Table Sponsors Allen College UnityPoint Health and CUNA Mutual, Bronze Table
Sponsors Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, BankIowa, Community Bank & Trust,
and Dutton, Braun, Staack & Hellman, Friends of BBBS Rada Manufacturing,
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home, Home Instead Senior Care, and PDCM Insurance, and in-kind sponsors
Wartburg College, Copyworks, Popcorn Heaven, Signs By Tomorrow, Regal Printing,
and the 40+ businesses who donated to the event’s silent auction.
Check out our event's photo album!