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Dave Serrano Golf Classic 2016

Written by: Rachel Guina, UT Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has announced the Third Annual Dave Serrano Golf Classic presented by Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial will be held on Friday, October 14, 2016 at Avalon Golf Course in Lenoir City, Tenn.

Following a successful, sold-out event in 2015, this year’s tournament will tee off in an 8:30 a.m. ET shotgun start. A program and luncheon will be held at 1:30 p.m. ET. Teams for the tournament will be comprised of a four-person group with the team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Fees for the tournament are $1,000 per foursome or $275 per golfer.

Participants will also have an opportunity to win $50,000 as well as autographed memorabilia from UT Legends.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to again be hosting our golf tournament for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee,” Serrano said. “The funds that this generates for so many children of this area is what makes it so worthwhile. My hope is that this community, our fans and alumni come out to play some golf, have fun and support this great cause.”

Proceeds will support one-on-one mentoring for children served through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity. Through the high-quality one-to-one mentoring program, children are achieving educational success, reaching for higher aspirations, and avoiding risky behaviors.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is honored to partner with Coach Serrano again on the Dave Serrano Golf Classic,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee Chief Executive Officer Doug Kose. “After listening to golfer feedback from last year’s sold out event, we’ve made a few exciting changes for our 2016 Classic and look forward to even greater participation this year. We are also very appreciative of Regal Entertainment Group and EdFinancial, both serving as title sponsors for this year’s event. All of the funds raised will be used to support mentoring programs for the at-risk youth we serve in the community.”

For more information, sponsorship opportunities or to register for the Dave Serrano Golf Classic, visit DaveSerranoGolfClassic.com or contact Alli Damas at adamas@tennesseebig.org or call 865-523-9455.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 900 children in 2015. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

About Tennessee Baseball Head Coach Dave Serrano

One of just 12 coaches in NCAA history to take two different programs to the College World Series, Tennessee Head Coach Dave Serrano is one of the most successful and widely respected coaches in college baseball and enters his sixth season at the helm of the Volunteer Baseball program in spring 2017.

Previously the head coach at UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, Serrano has the Volunteers moving in the right direction, leading them to the SEC Tournament in three consecutive seasons (2014-16) for the first time since 1995-97. A three-time coach with the USA Baseball National Team, serving as manager of the squad in 2012, Serrano has coached over 165 players who have gone on to be drafted, including 25 who have played in the Major Leagues.

Serrano is a proud and active member of the Knoxville community and has three sons, Kyle, Zach and Parker.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring organization, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes, such as educational success; avoidance of risky behaviors; and higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring model is an evidence-based prevention and intervention strategy that is helping to improve the odds for children who face adversity.

Big Brothers Big Sisters cannot do it alone. With an investment of financial resources, Big Brothers Big Sisters can provide a key service to Tennesseans — changing children’s attitudes resulting in improved families and communities and leading to greater educational attainment for children served through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Summary, released in 2012, substantiates that its mentoring programs are evidence-based, proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth in areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness. Top-quality evidence-based practices must be a part of any serious long-term strategy for moving our communities and our nation forward. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the East Tennessee organization’s 45-year history.

 

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Axle Logistics Announces Volunteer and Financial Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters

Written by Chris Goodrich, Ackermann PR 

Axle Logistics today announced the company has formed a relationship with Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, a non-profit organization that since 1970 has been providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that transform their lives for the better.

Axle’s support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is highlighted by the commitment of multiple Axle employees who recently volunteered to become “Bigs” as part of the organization’s site-based and community-based programs – a result directly attributed to what was one of the most highly attended lunch-and-learns in Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s history earlier this month.

In addition to volunteer support, the newly formed relationship also includes Axle Logistics’ financial support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee through the sponsorship of the organization’s new Mentor 2.0 program, as well as its “Roof Top Crawl Party” fundraiser scheduled for later this summer.

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served approximately 878 children and has been focused on increasing fundraising efforts to aid in matching more children with a mentor.

“The work that Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee does in this community is tremendous, and continues to make an impact in children’s lives,” says Jon Clay, co-founder and managing partner of Axle Logistics. “We believe strongly in their vision that all children have the opportunity to achieve success in life, and we look forward to helping them push this mission forward in a variety of meaningful ways.”

Launching in fall 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s Mentor 2.0 program is a technology-enriched, email-supported, one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting qualifying high school students at a local high school, in this case South Doyle. The program focuses on college readiness and success for high school students, particularly those who are slated to become first-generation college students.

Mentors and mentees will communicate through weekly writing activities, discussing important topics such as professionalism, perseverance, self-advocacy, college financial aid, and career choices. In addition to email communication, mentors and mentees will meet in-person eight times per year at Big Brothers Big Sisters-sponsored activities.

Mentor 2.0 students will attend a weekly class session to work through a research-based curriculum as well as spend time messaging their mentor. The curriculum creates a baseline of conversations and activities for all matches. It covers non-cognitive skills necessary for college success such as perseverance, critical thinking, help seeking and self-advocacy, and optimism about the future. It will also cover college knowledge such as college selection, applications and financial aid.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great organization with a large need that happens to match up very well with our workforce’s demographic,” says Drew Johnson, co-founder and managing partner of Axle Logistics. “We have a number of young, energetic professionals that are passionate about helping this community and giving back in an impactful way. Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a great way to facilitate that initiative.”

Today’s announcement comes just a few short weeks after Axle Logistics recently announced it will soon begin the expansion of its headquarters on the 10th floor of the Langley Building in downtown Knoxville in order to accommodate the hiring of an additional 40 employees over the next year and a half.

About Axle Logistics
Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Axle Logistics is a non-asset based, third-party logistics (3PL) company with a focus on providing safe, reliable, advanced transportation services – Truckload, LTL, Intermodal, and Warehousing – to a wide variety of customers throughout the continental U.S., Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.axlelogistics.com.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to www.tennesseebig.org.

By , Ackermann PR|June 1st, 2016

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Local Children Wait In Hopes For A Mentor

Last Chance to Help Provide Role Models for At-Risk Youth in East Tennessee

Knoxville, Tennessee (April 12th, 2016)– DeVandre is an outgoing 6 year old who loves playing basketball, football, and teelittle ball. When he’s not playing sports, DeVandre loves watching The Disney Channel and listening to Disney music. His favorite restaurant is McDonald’s because he loves to order chicken nuggets! His favorite subjects are Math and Reading but sometimes he has a hard time with his ABCs. DeVandre wants a Big Brother who will teach him to count past 100. He also wants a Big Brother who will watch movies with him, take him to the park, and to sporting events! He is an energetic, goofy child with a sweet demeanor, who can‘t wait to hang out with a “new friend”.

The need for a “new friend” in DeVandre’s life has become more apparent the older DeVandre has gotten. DeVandre’s father has been absent most of his life and he currently doesn’t have a strong, male role model to look up to. DeVandre’s mom works full-time and is also a full-time student, so she rarely is able to spend one-on-one time with her son. Because she loves her son, DeVandre’s mom hopes for DeVandre to have the opportunity to explore and spend quality time with a caring and supportive Big Brother.  DeVandre has been on the waiting list for a mentor now for well over half a year.

Our hope as an agency is that through volunteer recruitment and community fundraising, we can match DeVandre with the perfect Big Brother.

The 34th Annual Rock N’ Bowl For Kids’ Sake will help match the nearly 103 area children just like DeVandre who are waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

Rock N’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake is the premier fundraising and awareness event for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. All funds raised by bowlers directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee programs and help put the guidance and friendship of mentors in the lives of our local children.

Here’s how you can make a difference: Form a bowling team of friends, family or coworkers and register at BowlforKidsToday.org. Each member of your team raises at least $50 to help BBBS match children with a Big Brother or Big Sister. Then, as a thank you, you and your team head to the lanes to enjoy bowling, prizes and fun. This year’s event is Rockstar themed, so come in costume and pick a creative team name, because we award the most enthusiastic teams. This is your last chance to participate in Rock N’ Bowl for Kid’s Sake 2016—don’t miss the opportunity to have fun with friends while making a difference in our community’s children!

The last Bowl For Kids’ Sake events will be held at:

Maryville- Crest Lanes
330 Whitecrest Dr, Maryville
Saturday, April 16th; 11am-2pm

Knoxville – Strike & Spare
5700 Western Avenue, Knoxville
Friday, April 23rd; 4pm-9pm
Saturday, April 24th; 10am-2pm

Register your team today at BowlForKidsToday.org and Bowl for DeVandre’s Sake! Online registration will be open up to the time of the event. If your organization or company is interested in setting up a Wii Bowling event, please contact Alli Damas at 865.523.9455.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. The funding provides the means to provide community outreach to recruiting more volunteers and reaching more children. Additionally, the funding provides the financial resources to conduct criminal background reports on the volunteers, and provide the program services to provide quality program support to each match insuring longer stronger matches. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 873 children in 2015. Through the one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

For more information about participating, volunteering or donating for this year’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake, contact Alli Damas at 865-523-9455 // adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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BBBS of East Tennessee Receives 2015 National Quality Award

Knoxville, Tenn. (April 7th, 2016)-Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has been named a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Quality Award winner. The organization is one of the 43 affiliate agencies out of 325 nationwide to receive this honor. This award is used by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to recognize the strong work ethic of agency leadership and staff in providing high-quality programming for the children the organization serves.

“This past year, we set extremely high goals for ourselves, knowing it would be a challenge to meet and exceed them. Our team came together and worked tirelessly to get everything accomplished that was laid out in front of them,” said Kara Finger, VP of Programs. “It was difficult but fun to see everyone band together and grow stronger as a team.”

In the past year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served approximately 878 children and has been focused on increasing fundraising efforts to aid in matching more children with a mentor. To expand its services and impact, the agency will launch a new program, Mentor 2.0, in the Fall. Mentor 2.0 is a technology-enriched, email supported one-to-one youth mentoring program directly targeting qualifying high school students at a local high school.

“This recognition validates the hard work and time our staff has put into improving the quality and number of mentoring relationships we make, which is incredibly important to us,” said Al Williams, Board President. “It’s an honor to serve this organization and its mission.”

The Quality Award reflects the care and attention that goes into each match between a Big and a Little. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN will receive award recognition at the 2016 Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference in Orlando this June.

 

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to tennesseebig.org.

For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN agency, contact Alli Damas, Marketing and Marketing Director, at 865-523-9455 //  adamas@tennesseebig.org.

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AT&T Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters’ New Mentor 2.0 Program

Knoxville, TN. (February, 9th 2016)  – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN (BBBS) is pleased to announce it has received financial support of $1,800.00 from AT&T to help fund associated costs, including curriculum and match activities, for its new program, Mentor 2.0.

Mentor 2.0, a groundbreaking initiative developed by iMentor, is a professionally supported, technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program that engages high school students in the classroom and online in an entirely new way. Mentors and mentees use an interactive secure portal to follow a curriculum-based program administered by the BBBS’ staff. Partnering with South Doyle High School, BBBS will launch the Mentor 2.0 program this Fall.

“AT&T is pleased to be able to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee for their Mentor 2.0 program. Mentoring has proven to be a successful tool to develop and provide direction for young adults,” said Allan Hill, Regional Director for External Affairs.

AT&T invests in innovative education organizations, tools and solutions; and employs technology and capabilities that are unique to its company to make a positive impact on education. AT&T believes that every student deserves opportunities to reach his or her full potential and that by removing barriers, sparking innovative solutions and making connections, every student can achieve a bright, successful future. AT&T’s community mission involving the furthering of education aligns with the goals of the future Mentor 2.0 program.

On hand for the check presentation from AT&T, State Senator Becky Massey said, “As a former Board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, I know that mentoring is a vital way to help children in our community succeed. I think the Mentor 2.0 program will encourage a new generation of youth to work hard, stay in high school and pursue college dreams.”

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About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (Tennesseebig.org) provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives. Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 900 children in 2015. Through one-to-one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid risky behaviors.

About Community Engagement at AT&T
At AT&T, Community Engagement means engaging employees to build strong, connected, and thriving communities where they live and do business. Employees focus on three key issues: improving educational outcomes, building sustainable communities and promoting the responsible use of technology. In 2011, employees and retirees donated 6 million hours of time to community outreach activities and pledged more than $33 million for charities of their choice through the United Way/Employee Giving campaign. Employees also committed to more than 21,000 sustainable choices through Do One Thing (DOT), which invites employees to make small, everyday choices that add up to a big positive impact for themselves, the community and/or the company.

 

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BBBS Celebrates the Season at Annual Holiday Party

Knoxville, Tenn.– Christmas came early for the matches, staff and board members of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee (BBBS). Presents, music, crafts, a photo booth and an inspiring message combined to make one rockin’ holiday party on December 4th, 2015.

The BBBS Annual Holiday party was the start of the giving season for some, including the University of Tennessee’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and guest speaker, Antone Davis. Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity organized a wrapped-gift drive for the Little Brothers and Sisters of BBBS. Antone Davis, a former Professional Football player, UT Football Alum and past contestant on the Biggest Loser, delivered an inspirational message on his personal experience with overcoming obstacles while on his path to success. The Peyback Foundation provided food and gift-cards for mentors, while the University of Tennessee donated drinks.

Each year, BBBS recognizes a Big Brother and a Big Sister who go above and beyond to positively influence the lives of their Little Brother and Sister. This year, Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year were awarded to Mike Fitzgerald and Katie Bailey. Through their dedication to being positive role models, both are changing the lives of youth in the Knoxville community. Also honored was Vivian Gwinn, BBBS Community Engagement Director, for her 10 years of service and dedication to the agency.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee has served more than 850 children in 2015. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid gang and criminal activity.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is always seeking mentors to serve as Bigs in the program. For more information on becoming a mentor, go to tennesseebig.org.

For more information about the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN agency, contact Alli Damas at 865-523-9455 //  adamas@tennesseebig.org.

 

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Penguin Plunge

Knoxville, Tenn. (January 13, 2016) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN and the Eskimo Escapades are teaming up to create one fun day of raising funds through activities in the chilly waters of the Tennessee River. The Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN’s Penguin Plunge and the Eskimo Escapades’ Shut Up & Ski! event will take place at Volunteer Landing on Neyland Drive this Saturday, January 16th, starting at 10am.

Opening the day will be the Penguin Plunge, starting at 10am. Participants will brave the cold and take one giant plunge into the river in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East TN. Onlookers and participants will meet Penguins from Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies and UT Letterman Divers, who will kick off the event with dives from the dock. Anyone interested in registering for the event can do so at tennesseebig.org.

The Eskimo Escapades Shut Up & Ski! event will take place afterwards from 11am to 3pm. Participants can ride, ski, foot, or even ride on a stool all for a set donation. Skiers, wake boarders, tubers and other water sport lovers are all invited to participate and raise money and awareness for the Patricia Neal IRC, the Dream Connection and the Adventure Amputee Camp. For more information or to sign up online, visit eskimoescapades.org.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Through these relationships, children achieve success throughout their lives.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee served more than 850 children in 2014. Through one to one mentoring relationships, these children make better decisions about their lives, have a better attitude about school and choose to avoid gang and criminal activity.

About Eskimo Escapades
Eskimo Escapades Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not for profit that conducts a winter water ski charity event in downtown Knoxville every January. This year they are donating all profits from the event to The Dream Connection, Patricia Neal IRC, and Adventure Amputee Camp.

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