Mark Your Calendar for the Little Gems Big Glow Gala

Big Brothers of Big Sisters of Miami will celebrate its 60th Anniversary

On Saturday, March 3rd, Big Brothers of Big Sisters (BBBS) of Miami will celebrate its 60th Anniversary at the Little Gems Big Glow Gala. Co-chaired by Asha Elias and Tina van der Ven and presented by the Carnival Foundation and Carnival Corporation, the gala officially kicks-off a special milestone that will be celebrated throughout 2018.

For more than half a century, BBBS of Miami has been rewriting real-life stories to make the seemingly unattainable possible for so many of our community’s youths. Littles have become leaders and their families strengthened through the gift of mentorship. Since its incorporation in 1958, BBBS of Miami has served more than 65,000 children in Miami-Dade. “Our mission of improving lives through transformative youth mentoring relationships has had significant impacts! 95% of our enrolled youth go to college, 84% show improved academic performance when matched with a mentor, and 94% show improved behavior,” said Gale Nelson, President and CEO of BBBS Miami. “My vision for the next 60 years is to expand our mission by providing holistic wraparound services at our new Carnival Center for Excellence as we engage the future of our community and our next leaders.”

The Little Gems Big Glow Gala will feature an elegant evening of cocktails, dining, dancing, an innovative Big Box Auction, and a private concert by the Gipsy Kings featuring Andre Reyes. “As a ‘Big Sister’ to Lea, and the mother to two young children, I cannot emphasize enough the power and influence of mentoring. We are very grateful for the extraordinary support we’ve received from our community of donors. Our goal with this gala is to break fundraising records and match the thousands of children that are eagerly waiting to be matched with a Big,” said Tina van der Ven, Gala Co-Chair. “We are especially thankful to Edie Laquer, this year’s Honorary Chair, and the Gorson family, our Gala Diamond Benefactors,” said Asha Elias, Gala Co-Chair. “Although we are thrilled to announce that the event is sold out, we encourage everyone to support BBBS of Miami in any way they can,” she continued.

With more than 1,000 children on the BBBS of Miami waiting list, volunteering not only benefits a child at risk, but also strengthens our local community. Visit for more information on becoming a mentor. You can also support BBBS of Miami by participating in the organization’s online auction, accessible HERE. Through your dedication to BBBS of Miami, you can be the Big difference in the precious lives of our Littles!

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