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License Plate Artist Call

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KNOXVILLE, TN (October 8, 2020) The Big Brothers Big Sisters Tennessee State Association is calling on professional artists to create artwork for a new license plate. All proposals should be emailed to BigLittlePlates@TennesseeBig.org by Friday, Nov. 13.

The selected artist will receive a $1,000 honorarium, as well as significant, ongoing recognition through his/her art featured on a specialty license plate sold throughout the State of Tennessee.

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October Business Partnerships

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KNOXVILLE, TN (October 5, 2020) Here are some of the exciting partnerships our team is rolling out during the month of October. Make plans to visit and thank the below businesses for investing in the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee!

Nourishing Change at Three Rivers Market: BBBS-ETN will be Three Rivers’ featured non-profit throughout the month of October. Please consider stopping by 1110 N. Central Street to give the Three Rivers team a high five—and to round up your purchase!

Queso for Kids: Not to be cheesy, but our friends at Moe’s Southwest Grill continue to be amazing. Between Oct. 5 and Oct. 31, $1 from each cup of queso sold at the Cumberland Avenue and Northshore Drive locations will benefit BBBS-ETN. The Moe’s team has also agreed to provide five meals per week for families in need during the month of October.

Target Circle: From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, we’re once again a featured non-profit through the Target Circle program. So, next time you drop by a Target for that one item that turns into a full cart, be sure to place a vote for BBBS-ETN.

Lids: Starting this fall, Lids is excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters for limited-edition custom embroidery hats! This partnership, which runs in our local stores Oct. 1, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021, is an opportunity to spread awareness and raise funds for the mission of BBBS.

In addition to those businesses, thanks to all of our wonderful partners throughout the region. Corporate partnerships empower resilience during the pandemic and also allow the BBBS-ETN team to connect families with essential services like food, rent assistance, behavioral health services, and more.

For a full list of the businesses of all sizes who support our agency, visit TennesseeBig.org/Partners.

Speaking of October promotions and activities, there’s still time to register for BBBS-ETN’s October events – including the BBBS Golf Classic (Oct. 1-31) and the Virtual Quarry Run 5K (Oct. 9-18).

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more at tennesseebig.org.

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Moe’s to host “Queso for Kids” campaign—and provide meals to families in need during month of October

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MOE’S SOUTHWEST GRILL LAUNCHES “QUESO FOR KIDS” CAMPAIGN IN SUPPORT OF BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF EAST TENNESSEE

Partnership will provide financial support, as well as meals for marginalized families

KNOXVILLE, TN (October 1, 2020) Moe’s Southwest Grill is launching its first “Queso for Kids” campaign in October to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee.

Moe’s will donate $1 to BBBS-ETN for every cup of queso sold at its Cumberland Avenue and Northshore Drive locations from Oct. 5-31. Additionally, the restaurant will hang mobiles, also known as pin-ups, recognizing customers who donate $1 to BBBS-ETN.

As part of the campaign, Moe’s will feed disadvantaged families served by BBBS-ETN each week throughout the month. Moe’s Meal Kits serve 4-6 people and feature all the ingredients for each family member to create a home dining experience.

“We are unbelievably grateful to expand our long-time partnership with Moe’s Southwest Grill,” BBBS-ETN CEO Brent Waugh said. “From supporting our volunteer recruitment efforts, to hosting fundraising initiatives like ‘Queso for Kids,’ to providing food directly to youth – the Moe’s team continues to positively impact this community and the families Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee serves.”

“The Moe’s brand is built on supporting local communities, and partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters allows us to have an immediate impact on Knoxville-area families struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic,” franchise owner James Sills said. “I am proud to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters team as they keep kids connected and link families to essential services, including food, rent assistance and so much more.”

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• Families in need receiving food

• Donors to the “Queso for Kids” campaign speaking regarding their support

• BBBS-ETN match support staff connecting families to food and other resources

Primary Contact: Tyler Boldin, TBoldin@TennesseeBig.org

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more at tennesseebig.org.

About Moe’s Southwest Grill

Welcome to Moe’s!® Founded in 2000 and based in Atlanta, GA, Moe’s Southwest Grill® is a fast-casual restaurant franchise that serves high quality and fresh southwestern food. Moe’s has an extensive variety of menu items to please the entire family – from burritos to specialty items like quesadillas, nachos and stacks. Whether you visit one of our 700 franchised locations or have us cater your next event, free chips and salsa come with every order, and each restaurant has a salsa bar and serves our famous queso. Moe’s Southwest Grill® has been recognized as the Brand of the Year in the Fast Casual Mexican Restaurant category for two years in a row based on the 2016 and 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Studies. Learn more at www.moes.com.

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BBBS-ETN Golf Classic: Registration Now Open

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KNOXVILLE, TN (September 1, 2020) Dear Friends,

I’m writing to let you know that registration for the 2020 Golf Classic presented by EdFinancial and Regal is now open!

We’ve modified the format, giving you more ways and more time to win prizes, all while keeping participants safe and socially distanced. We’ve also passed along the cost-savings of this new format to you, reducing the price of 2020 registration – making the decision to invest in the mission of BBBS-ETN even easier.

Visit BBBSGolfClassic.com to sign up today. Act fast! All teams who register by Tuesday, Sept. 15, will receive a $25 gift card.

By the way, thanks to our incredible sponsors, 100% of your registration fee will help provide professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships for more than 700 East Tennessee kids, keeping them connected to mentors during this critical time.

With gratitude,

—Cody Crowell, Golf Classic Chair

P.S. For more information on all BBBS-ETN’s upcoming events, including the 2020 Virtual Quarry Run, presented by Vulcan, and the rescheduled Big Heights Rooftop Crawl, visit TennesseeBig.org/events.

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2020-2021 Events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

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KNOXVILLE, TN (August 21, 2020) The last months have certainly been a challenge for our team, our Littles, our families – and likely for you as well. With that said, I could not be prouder of the resiliency of this community. Together, we make a pretty phenomenal team, and I’m certain we’ll get through this crisis.

As Big Brothers Big Sisters looks forward to the future – and as we put together plans in the midst of great uncertainties – I want to share with you, our supporters and previous event attendees, a current schedule of events.

The details and dates could certainly change, so please be sure to visit TennesseeBig.org/events for the latest.

50th Anniversary Gala: We originally scheduled this year’s Cash for Kids’ Sake/50th Anniversary Gala for August 2020. It’s now set for August 20, 2021—because what’s better than celebrating a 50th anniversary? Celebrating a 51st anniversary, of course!

BBBS-ETN Golf Classic, presented by Edfinancial and Regal: Typically held each June, our golf tournament is a go! The event will take place in October, and registration opens Friday, August 21. For more details on modifications and safety precautions, and to sign up your team, visit BBBSGolfClassic.com.

Virtual Quarry Run, presented by Vulcan Materials: The year’’s race will take place virtually from October 9 through October 18! In the spirit of the quarry run, participants with the greatest verified elevation gain will also be recognized. Register now on the race website.

Big Heights Rooftop Crawl, presented by FirstBank: Moving from October, we’ll bring a version to you in Spring 2021. We’ll share more details in the coming months as we explore options to keep party-goers safe. We might even keep the Halloween theme. Masks are in this year.

Hall of Fame Celebration, presented by FirstBank: Since we can’t come together for the gala this month, we’re planning a digital Hall of Fame in Winter to celebrate some very special supporters. Stay tuned for details!

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2021: We’ll likely postpone BFKS, which typically takes place throughout April. Have no fear, though! You’ll have many opportunities to celebrate at the aforementioned events, and BFKS isn’t going anywhere.

As we navigate the uncertain future, your safety and the safety of our community are Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee’s top priorities. We’re committed to adjusting and innovating, and we can’t wait to see you at an event or two (or more!) over the next year.

As always, we appreciate your ongoing investment in the future of East Tennessee’s youth!

To your good health,

Brent

P.S. In addition to visiting TennesseeBig.org/events, connecting with BBBS-ETN on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn is another great way to catch agency event news.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to Host School-Supply Drive

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KNOXVILLE, TN (August 19, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host a school-supply drive on Tuesday, Aug. 25, from noon to 7 p.m.

This year’s event will take place at BBBS-ETN’s Knoxville office (318 N. Gay Street). In light of COVID-19, mentees and their parents will RSVP for a pick-up time slot in order to ensure that social distancing is possible.

In addition to receiving school supplies, families will have the opportunity to utilize drive-up Wi-Fi and to have a first look at BBBS-ETN’s Big Little Computer Lab and Family Resource Center, presented by Comcast NBCUniversal Foundation.

The event – which ensures marginalized youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee program are prepared for school – takes the place of BBBS-ETN’s annual Back to School Bash, which was canceled due to COVID-19.

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• Children and families receiving school supplies

• Youth and parents utilizing drive-up Wi-Fi

• Altar’d State and BBBS-ETN staff distributing materials to students

School supplies, including notebooks, folders, hand sanitizers, disinfecting wipes, and more are still needed. Donation inquiries can be sent to Programs@TennesseeBig.org.

Day-of Contact

The day-of media contact will be BBBS-ETN Match Support Director Conner Patterson. Patterson can be reached at CPatterson@TennesseeBig.org or (650) 245-6543.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more about ways you can join our cause at tennesseebig.org/get-involved.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee offers new services to parents and families

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KNOXVILLE, TN (July 29, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee is thrilled to announce new services to better serve youth and families during COVID-19, including the following:

Match Support: Though our team is working remotely, we’re continuing regular support for Matches.

o Remember, if you do not feel comfortable with your child seeing their mentor in person, we encourage alternative connections via Zoom, Facetime, and telephone.

Online Match Activities: Speaking of alternative connections, we’ll continue providing online enrichment and Match activities at YouTube.com/BigBroBigSisETN.

Drive-up Wi-Fi: Thanks to the support of RCN Technologies and US Cellular, we’ve set up a drive-up Wi-Fi hotspot at our building (318 North Gay Street).

o For log-in details, contact your Match Support Specialist (MSS) – listed below.

Phone App: BBBS of America has developed “The App,” an easy and safe way for matches to stay in touch remotely. Contact your MSS for more information!

Text Us: Since March, our team has conducted outreach to connect families with essential services. If we were unable to connect with you, or if you have emergent needs, please text BIGHELP to 865.290.7762.

Connect with Us: For the latest on our COVID-related efforts, connect with BBBS-ETN on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or visit TennesseeBig.org/COVID19.

BBBS-ETN Match Support Specialists

Community-Based

Patterson, Conner | 865.862.9984

Stone, Laurie | 865.329.0168

Site-Based

Bevil, Stacy | 865.474.8651

Carter, Savannah | 865.523.2179

Ross, Mandy | 865.243.3878

Mentor 2.0

Baker, Whitney | 865.243.8846

King, Mia | 865.415.2025

Thomas, Jake | 865.862.6425

Sisson, Traci | 865.523.2179

Tri-Cities

Wick, Brittany | 423.247.3240 x 3

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more about ways you can join our cause at tennesseebig.org/get-involved.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Announces Local Agencies and Boards of the Year

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I’m thrilled to share the news that Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has just named Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee National Agency of the Year!

In addition to this tremendous honor, Board President Diana Salesky received the Irvin F. Westheimer Award for Visionary Leadership, one of the highest individual honors from BBBSA.

Please find the official media release from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America below and help us celebrate by sharing our posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

Thank you!

—Brent

Local Leaders Help Create Life-Changing Mentoring Relationships for Children

TAMPA, FL (June 29, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognized six exceptional local agencies on June 26 during its Annual National Conference, which was held virtually June 15-26. These agencies have demonstrated outstanding leadership and have increased the number of children served in their communities. Each one has also made key strategic decisions that have resulted in innovation and growth during the past year.

Those selected were recognized for: increasing the number of children served, the quality and length of each mentoring relationship, and increased revenue, all key components needed to ensure agencies can continue help more youth who want—and need—a mentor in their lives.

“Our Network of 240 agencies is strong because of the commitment of the agency leaders, staff and Board members who make it a priority every day to defend the potential of youth across the country,” said Pam Iorio, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “We also applaud these outstanding agencies for their innovation, and their ability to pivot when faced with challenges.”

Agencies of the Year

The winning agencies have focused on growing the number and maintaining the quality of mentoring relationships between caring adult volunteers (called ‘Bigs) and youth (called ‘Littles’).

Large Agency of the Year: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts [Boston, Massachusetts]

Mid-Large Agency of the Year: Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee [Knoxville, Tennessee]

Small-Mid Agency of the Year: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Sierra [Cameron Park, California]

Robert M. Kommerstad Boards of the Year

By guiding staff and shaping programming, agency boards also have a profound impact on the success of the agencies in their communities.

Large Agency Kommerstad Board of the Year: Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Carolinas [Charlotte, North Carolina]

Mid-Large Agency Kommerstad Board of the Year: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast, Indiana [Fort Wayne, Indiana]

Small Agency Kommerstad Board of the Year: Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Indiana [Bloomington, Indiana]

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Founded in 1904, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is the largest and most experienced youth mentoring organization in the United States. The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ evidence-based approach is designed to create positive youth outcomes, including educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence, and improved relationships. Big Brothers Big Sisters has 240 local agencies serving more than 5,000 communities across all 50 states. For more information, visit: www.bigbrothersbigsisters.org.

Media Contact:

De Anna S. Ward

Director of Marketing and Communications

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Deanna.ward@bbbsa.org

813.380.9677

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee to stream 24-hour funding marathon.

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KNOXVILLE, TN (June 23, 2020) Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host Game for Kids’ Sake, 24 hours of digital gaming on Sunday, June 28, from 12am to 11:59pm.

Only the second digital event in the agency’s history, after the successful Mentor 2.0 Signing Day, the marathon is a rescheduled pivot of BBBS-ETN’s Bowl For Kids’ Sake and will showcase members of the staff as they play their favorite video, board, and tabletop role-playing games.

This fundraising effort and celebration became necessary after COVID-19 forced cancelations of all traditional Bowl For Kids’ Sake events.

Highlights during Game for Kids’ Sake include new favorites such as Animal Crossing: New Horizons, indie hits from the Racial Equality Bundle, and popular board games such as Apples to Apples.

Game For Kids’ Sake will be available via YouTube Live and Facebook Live. It will also stream at TennesseeBig.org/Games.

Visuals:

• BBBS-ETN staff hosting an online telethon with the backdrops of their favorite games.

• Addresses from supporters in the mentoring community.

• BBBS-ETN staff will be available for interview before and after the program.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more about ways you can join our cause at tennesseebig.org/get-involved.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters to celebrate first-generation college students at digital signing day event

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KNOXVILLE, TN (June 8, 2020) Twelve students to be awarded scholarships at June 11 ceremony.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee will host a digital Signing Day and Scholarship Celebration on Thursday, June 11, at 3:30pm.

The event will celebrate 31 graduates of the agency’s Mentor 2.0 program and more than 40 high school seniors across its other site- and community-based programs. Twelve students will receive scholarships to pursue post-secondary education and training.

This year’s celebration will feature remarks from University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd, President of First Horizon Bank’s East Region Dave Miller, and Voice of the Vols Bob Kesling.

Congratulatory messages will also be shared from Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Pam Iorio; University of Tennessee head basketball coach Kellie Harper; University of Tennessee head women’s tennis coach Alison Ojeda; and additional supporters.

The Mentor 2.0 Signing Day and BBBS-ETN Scholarship Celebration will be available via YouTube Live and Facebook Live. It will also stream at TennesseeBig.org/SigningDay.

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• Students announcing post-secondary plans and colleges of choice via video message.

• Presentation of the first Austin French Memorial Scholarships by Austin’s Big Brother Bill Park.

• Addresses from numerous noteworthy supporters, including University of Tennessee President Randy Boyd.

• BBBS-ETN staff, as well as mentors, will be available for interview before and after the program.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee

Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee defends potential in children through strong and enduring, professionally supported one‐to‐one relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Youth enrolled in the program achieve measurable outcomes, including improved educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater self-confidence, and better relationships. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization’s 50-year history in the Knoxville area.

During the COVID-19 crisis – and every day – BBBS-ETN is committed to keeping kids connected through a supportive mentor and dedicated case workers. The agency goes one step further, connecting both families and caregivers with critical services, serving those affected by loss of income, food insecurity, lack of healthcare, isolation, and anxiety due to COVID-19. Learn more about ways you can join our cause at tennesseebig.org/get-involved.

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