Three hundred and fifty community supporters came dressed to impress in vintage Cuban-style attire to celebrate Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBST) annual BIG Gala, Havana Nights. Hosted at Loews Ventana, Havana Nights raised more than $131,000 to support
our mission of providing positive adult role models for at-risk youth in Tucson and surrounding areas. We currently serve 560 matches – each comprised of a “Big” and a “Little” – through a variety of specialized one-to-one mentoring programs.
THE MAGIC AND SUCCESS OF THE EVENING WAS MADE POSSIBLE BY OUR AMAZING SPONSORS AND EVENT PARTNERS!
Big Thank You to AGM Container Controls, Arizona Lotus Corp, BlueCross BlueShield of Arizona, Comcast Tucson, Dorado Designs, Inc., HSL Properties, Jim Click Automotive Team, KGUN 9 On Your Side, Sauliz Floral Dezigns, Supercuts, Truly Nolen Pest & Termite Control and Tucson Federal Credit Union.
Thank you to our event partners and service providers: Stella Inger - KGUN9 News Anchor, Allen Kath - KGUN9 Traffic Reporter, Ace Casino Equipment, Anthony's Cigar Emporium, Commotion Studios, LLC, Andy B Luna, Crystal Stark Music, George Larsen, Grupo Manteca, Hiram Perez Music, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, TucSon Casineros and William Olguin Photography.
The evening opened with a cocktail reception and silent auction in the open air courtyard of the Kiva Ballroom. Guests enjoyed drinks and passed appetizers while stepping into to the Cigar Lounge or taking a seat at a Casino game table.
Guests warmed up to the vocal rhythm of Crystal Stark and Grupo Manteca, lead by Hiram Perez.The celebration was moved inside the Kiva ballroom for dinner.
Big Brothers Big Sisters proudly acknowledged a handful of wonderful community partners that evening:
Centurions of Southern Arizona were honored for their donation of $102,500 and their commitment to support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson’s mentor2.0 program, a technology-enriched one-to-one mentoring program with Amphitheater High School.
Chandler Warden, President of the Bert W. Martin Foundation, philanthropist and artist was honored for his creativity and generosity! Mr. Warden took a photography outing for “Bigs” and “Littles” hosted by Parks in Focus, and collected those photo in a gallery-style book titled Hues of Heaven: The Glory of Tucson Sunsets. The book features stunning sunset photography captured by Bigs and Littles with additional submissions from Mr. Warden’s own collection.
Comcast NBCUniversal also was gratefully acknowledged for collaborating with Big Brothers Big Sisters to launch Tucson’s first “Beyond School Walls” program, a school-based program where Comcast employees volunteer to meet several times a month with their “Littles” from Prince Elementary School to do homework together, play games and have fun. Comcast also organizes interesting and fun field trips to the Comcast workplace, giving “Littles” the opportunity to see the corporate world up close.
The evening closed as BIG as it had begun! Guests retreated to the Havana dance party, grabbed a seat at one of many casino tables and kicked up their feet in the cigar lounge.
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