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08/20/09
Last Tuesdays’ Pizza for a Good Cause
Woodstock Pizza
and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County team up

Santa Cruz, Calif. – Woodstock Pizza in downtown Santa Cruz and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County have partnered up with one cause in mind—children and youth in the community. Every Last Tuesday of the month, for any Woodstock Pizza guest that mentions Big Brothers Big Sisters between 5-9pm, Woodstock Pizza will donate up to 25% of the purchase to the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Bring your family and friends to Woodstock, this coming Tuesday, August 25th between 5-9 pm. Woodstock Pizza participating in this effort to not only to support Big Brothers Big Sisters financially, but to raise awareness of the need of mentors in the community.

Marie Cubillas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, comments: “For county residents, Last Tuesdays with Woodstock Pizza and Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great way to make a difference in the community while enjoying great pizza with friends at a great location. We are honored to partner with Woodstock Pizza in this way.”

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08/09/09
Community Supports Mentoring at the Annual Regatta
Last weekend’s Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Last weekend, the 18th Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters’ “Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta” made a big splash in the community by raising more than $43,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s youth mentoring programs. More than 300 people participated in the sailing race and hundreds attended the post-race festivities. Over 150 businesses participated through sponsorships, donations and volunteers.

“Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta” is the largest SCYC sponsored regatta. The race featured five divisions based on PHRF ratings, with a total of 39 boats. Bill Turpin, a long time supporter of the event, took first place in the corporate division with the his yacht, “Akela.”

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club hosted the event, which included a barbecue from Bruno’s BBQ,
live music by “Freedom Boulevard,” raffles, and a silent auction. Ann Marie Buckholtz won the grand prize raffle for a vacation for 2 to Sayulita, Mexico which was donated by Patrick Sheufler and Surf City Kiwanis at a $4500 value.

“We are excited and grateful to have received much support from the local community— businesses and individuals alike,” said Marie Cubillas, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. “We thank the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, our sponsors and participants for supporting this fun community-based event. We are honored to have this sailing tradition support our youth mentoring efforts.”

All proceeds will directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County youth mentoring programs. Major sponsors additionally include: Multiverse, Granite Construction, S. Martinelli & Co, West Marine, Bruno’s BBQ, The Lee- Kahn Foundation, Comcast and KWAV.

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07/27/09
Limited Raffle Tickets for a 7-day Mexico Vacation
Big Brothers Big Sisters Raffle with all Proceeds to Local Mentoring

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Only 100 raffle tickets are on sale now for a week-long vacation for two to Sayulita, Mexico. Tickets are $100 and all proceeds go directly to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s local youth mentoring programs. The vacation package includes airfare for two from San Francisco or Los Angeles and 7 nights in a Penthouse condo in Sayulita on Mexico’s Nayarit Riviera Coast, 25 miles north of Puerto Vallarta, valued at $4,500. The condo has 4 bedrooms, 2 baths, and a 3rd floor unit and family or friends are welcome. Prize does not include car rental, incidental and travel expenses.

The drawing will take place on Sunday, August 9th as a part of the 18th annual “Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta” event in the Santa Cruz Harbor, in conjunction with the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, raising critical funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. Winner does not need to be present to win. This prize is made possible with major support from the Surf City Kiwanis Club.

Please call (831) 464-8691 or email mia@santacruzmentor.org. Reserve now, as tickets are limited. For more information about the Regatta, including seats aboard the Chardonnay II, visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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07/24/09
Cruise on the Chardonnay II for a Great Cause
A day at sea in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. –  On Sunday, August 9th, climb aboard the Chardonnay II to watch the “Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta” sailing race in style. The Regatta is hosted for the 18th year by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, raising crucial funds for local youth mentoring.

The exclusive Chardonnay II seats are $50 per person (space is limited) and include: a 2-hour sail, catered dinner from Bruno’s BBQ and Live Music from Freedom Blvd Band in the Harbor following the race. There will also be a silent auction, a limited $100 raffle for a 7-day vacation to Mexico, and a $10 raffle for prizes from local businesses. All proceeds will directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County youth mentoring programs.

Please call (831) 464-8691, email mia@santacruzmentor.org, or visit www.santacruzmentor.org for registration or more information. Reserve now, as space is limited.

Major sponsors additionally include: Multiverse, Granite Construction, S. Martinelli & Co, West Marine, Bruno’s BBQ, The Lee- Kahn Foundation, Comcast and KWAV.

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07/17/09
Annual Sailing Race Promotes Youth Mentoring in Santa Cruz County
Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta: Sunday, August 9th

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County and the Santa Cruz Yacht Club are teaming up again for the 18th annual “Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta” Sunday, August 9th. This is the largest SCYC sponsored regatta and a crucial fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Each year, the Santa Cruz Yacht Club plays host to this exciting event and helps raise thousands of dollars for the children of our community. This year’s regatta will include a reverse-start race with six divisions, a barbecue from Bruno’s BBQ, live music provided by band Freedom Blvd, raffles, awards and a silent auction.

A reverse-start race makes this regatta a unique SCYC sponsored event. This style of racing makes for a competitive and thrilling finish.

Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters remarks,  “We are honored and proud to be partnering with the sailing community for the 18th year. In these challenging times it is great to be able to count on our friends in the sailing community to help us in changing the way children grow up in Santa Cruz County.”

All are welcome to come and participate. If without a sailboat, purchase tickets to the Chardonnay II, watch the race, and then return to the harbor for dinner and entertainment. Enter the $100 raffle for a chance to win an exclusive vacation getaway to Puerto Vallarta with airfare for two, or take part in the $10 raffle for a chance to win prizes donated by local businesses. Sign up now to be a part of the dinner and entertainment only portions of the event if desired.

All proceeds will directly benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County youth mentoring programs. Major sponsors additionally include: Multiverse, Granite Construction, West Marine, Bruno’s BBQ, The Lee-Kahn Foundation, KWAV, and Comcast.

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07/15/09
Big Brothers Big Sisters announces Board of Directors Officers 2009-2010
Local volunteers committed to the community and its children

Santa Cruz, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County announces its agency leadership for the coming fiscal year, 2009-2010. Board officers include Richard Branson as President, John Hall as Vice President, Chuck Hewitt as Secretary, and Lisa Murphy as Treasurer.

It is Richard Branson’s third year serving as a part of the board, having been Vice President in the 2008-2009 and Chairman of the Recruitment PR committee prior to that. Richard has an MBA in marketing, having been Marketing Manager for Sun Maid, Sunsweet and Diamond Walnut prior to co-founding Pacific Ingredient Exchange in 1985 of which he is now president. Native to Northern California and born in Ukiah, Richard has lived in Sacramento, Davis, and Stockton before moving to Aptos in 1996.

John Hall is originally from the UK, from where he relocated to California about 20 years ago. After retiring from Sun Microsystems, where he held a variety of VP for HR positions over many years, he and his wife moved to Aptos and have been active in the local non-profit community in and around Santa Cruz County. He holds an MBA from the Cass Business School in London.

Chuck Hewitt has served Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County for the past five years, having held the position of President in 2008-2009 and now as Secretary. Chuck has over 40 years of management experience in his field of insurance claims. Currently a Claims VP with the Nonprofits Insurance Alliance Group headquartered in Santa Cruz, Chuck is also a former Boy Scouts Scoutmaster and church youth group leader. Born in New York, raised in New Jersey, Chuck has been a California resident since 1966.

Originally from Pittsburg, PA, Lisa Murphy has served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors since January 2008. She has been Director of Shared Accounting Services for Granite Construction Inc since August 2006, having a BSBA in Accounting, an MBA, and is currently working on a Masters of Sciences in Human Resources.

“Together these individuals bring a myriad of experience and that will lead the agency to serve greater numbers of children despite these tough economic times,” notes Marie Cubillas, Executive Director, BBBS. “We are thrilled that this group has chosen to continue volunteering their time to Big Brothers Big Sisters. We acknowledge their dedication the children in our community.”

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06/02/09
The Results of Top Santa Cruz Execs’ Nonprofit Challenge
Canfield of Santa Cruz Seaside Company vs. Eason of Santa Cruz County Bank

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Charles Canfield, owner of Santa Cruz Seaside Company, and Sandi Eason, Executive Vice President and COO of Santa Cruz County Bank, formally challenged each other this spring to give to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ youth mentoring in the community. Both executives raised funds independently, as well as participated in the 27th annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowl-a-thon in April at Boardwalk Bowl.

Big Brothers Big Sisters announced this week that Eason raised more than her opponent, totaling $2,295, as well as boasting higher bowling scores in the April event. As loser of the challenge, Canfield donated an additional $1,000 to his already raised $1,895. Both executives helped raise crucial funds to support Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring services to youth in Santa Cruz County.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support Big Brothers Big Sisters in the community, call 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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05/14/09
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
a Striking Success for Community
Fun and funds for community mentoring

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County’s annual bowl-a-thon, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake”, was a striking success, thanks to the 550+ participants ranging from agency volunteers to company CEO’s. Over $95K was raised to aid local youth mentoring programs. With the funds raised from this event Big Brothers Big Sisters will continue to create and support matches of adult mentors to youth in Santa Cruz County.

Marie Cubillas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, was thrilled with the support and enthusiasm of the bowlers. “A big thank you to each and every participant that helped raise critical funds to support our youth mentoring programs,” says Cubillas. “You are all changing the way children grow up in Santa Cruz County.”

Participating bowlers and top fundraisers won tee shirts and prizes donated by local merchants. The grand prize package was awarded to top fundraiser Sandi Eason of Santa Cruz County Bank: “A Night on the Town”, complete with: a one night stay in an ocean view room at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, dinner for two at The Chaminade, two tickets to the Nickelodeon Theaters, a bottle of Soquel Vineyards Wine, and a Couples’ Relaxation Special from Well Within Spa.

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County also celebrates its 27th anniversary providing mentoring services to children in the county. Since 1982, the agency has served more than 3,500 children. For more information, please visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2009 event Major Sponsors were: Boardwalk Bowl, Cabrillo Lanes, Ow Family Properties, Wells Fargo Bank, Granite Construction, Bay Federal Credit Union, Burroughs Finanical Services, Graniterock, Comerica, Santa Cruz Sentinel, GoodTimes, KWAV/Jammin 97.9, Register-Pajaronian, and Comcast.

The following were Lane Sponsors: Athens Benefits Insurance, Cabrillo Host Lions Club, Chad Hoesing CPA, Inc., Cheshire Rio, Citi SmithBarney, Dominican Hospital, Dunbar Productions, Edward Jones Investments, Far West Nursery, Freedom Lions Club, Grunsky, Ebey, Farrar &  Howell, Hot Spring Spas, Johnny’s Harborside, KBK Insurance Agency, Lighthouse Bank, Marathon Landscaping Service, McSherry and Hudson Insurance, Michael Petti Painting, Monterey Bay Office Products, Pacific Ingredient Exchange, Pacific Underground Construction, Print Smith, Professional Touch Auto Body, Ristorante Avanti, Robert & Co., Rotary Club Santa Cruz Sunrise, RV’s Computers, Inc., S. Martinelli & Company, Inc., Santa Cruz County Bank, Santa Cruz Host Lions Club, Santa Cruz Medical Foundation, Santa Cruz Nutritionals, Scarborough Lumber & Building Supply, Scott’s Body Shop, Scotts Valley Host Lions, Scotts Valley Rotary, Shoreline Property Management, Sign Services, Superior Foods International, Toyota of Santa Cruz, Watsonville Coast Produce, Inc, Woodall & Almeida, Woodstock’s Pizza

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04/16/09
Top Santa Cruz Execs Challenge Each Other to Bowl
Canfield of Santa Cruz Seaside Company vs. Eason of Santa Cruz County Bank

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Charles Canfield, owner of Santa Cruz Seaside Company, and Sandi Eason, Executive Vice President and COO of Santa Cruz County Bank, have challenged each other to Bowl for Kids’ Sake. They will be raising money and bowling on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.

Canfield and Eason will be competing to see who can raise the most for mentoring in the community and their teams will be competing at the Bowl for Kids’ Sake fundraiser, Saturday April 25th at the Boardwalk Bowl. The losing team will donate an additional $1,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters. Canfield lost the challenge to Eason in 2007 and they are both hoping to raise more money this time around to help local youth in the community.

The annual Big Brothers Big Sisters bowl-a-thon, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” takes place Saturday, April 25th at Boardwalk Bowl and Sunday, April 26th at Cabrillo Lanes. Last year, over 550 people participated and helped raise more than $108,000. All proceeds from the fundraiser directly support the agency’s youth mentoring services for children in Santa Cruz County.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2009 event Major Sponsors are Boardwalk Bowl, Cabrillo Lanes, Ow Family Properties, Wells Fargo Bank, Granite Construction, Bay Federal Credit Union, Burroughs Finanical Services, Graniterock, Comerica, Santa Cruz Sentinel, KWAV, Jammin 97.9, Register-Pajaronian, and Comcast.

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County celebrates its 27th anniversary providing mentoring services to children in the county. Since 1982, the agency has served more than 3,500 children. For more information on how to get involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake, contact the agency at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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04/13/09
Bowl for Kids’ Sake
: Calling all bowlers and non-bowlers alike
Fun and funds for the community

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is inviting all bowlers and non-bowlers alike to the annual bowl-a-thon, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” on Saturday, April 25th at Boardwalk Bowl and Sunday, April 26th at Cabrillo Lanes. Last year, over 550 people participated and helped raise more than $108,000.

All proceeds go towards creating and supporting matches between caring adult mentors and at-risk youth in the local community. Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, looks forward to reaching a new fundraising goal this year.

“I would like to invite everyone to put together a team and join us for Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Each year our bowlers raise critical funds that support our mentoring programs for children,” Cubillas said. “And you don’t have to be a good bowler, just a good sport.”

Bowlers can register online and collect pledges at www.santacruzmentor.org.  Anyone can participate by forming a team of five bowlers or signing up as an individual. Each team member collects pledges to support Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring programs. All proceeds from the event go directly toward matching a child with a mentor and friend. Participating bowlers, top fundraisers and lucky strike bowlers are eligible to win tee shirts and prizes donated by local merchants. The grand prize for the top fundraiser is “A Night on the Town”, complete with: a one night stay in a deluxe ocean view room at the Santa Cruz Dream Inn, dinner for two at The Chaminade, two tickets to the Nickelodeon Theaters, a bottle of Soquel Vineyards Wine, and a Couples’ Relaxation Special from Well Within Spa.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2009 event Major Sponsors are Boardwalk Bowl, Cabrillo Lanes, Ow Family Properties, Wells Fargo Bank, Granite Construction, Bay Federal Credit Union, Burroughs Finanical Services, Graniterock, Comerica, Santa Cruz Sentinel, KWAV, Jammin 97.9, Register-Pajaronian, and Comcast.

This year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County also celebrates its 27th anniversary providing mentoring services to children in the county. Since 1982, the agency has served more than 3,500 children.

For more information on how to get involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake, contact the agency at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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02/05/09
Saturday Smoothies for a Good Cause
Jamba Juice
and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County team up

Santa Cruz, Calif. – Beginning Saturday, February 7th, Jamba Juice Company and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County have partnered up with one cause in mind—children and youth in the community. Every Saturday, for any Jamba Juice guest that mentions Big Brothers Big Sisters, Jamba Juice will donate 20% of the purchase to the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

All six Santa Cruz County Jamba Juice locations are participating in this effort to not only raise awareness of the need of mentors in the community, but also to support the work of one of the county’s most influential nonprofits.

Marie Cubillas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, comments: “For county residents, Smoothie Saturdays with Jamba Juice and Big Brothers Big Sisters is a great way to make a difference in the community while enjoying a great fruit smoothie. We are honored to partner with Jamba Juice in this way.”

Since 1982, Big Brothers Big Sisters has matched carefully-screened, caring adult volunteers with children mostly from single parent and low-income homes. The relationship between Big and Little has proven positive results in a child’s life. In over 26 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters served over 3,000 children in the county. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is a United Way agency.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support BBBS efforts, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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01/13/09
President-elect encourages Americans to volunteerism
Local nonprofit stands behind the Renew America Together campaign


Santa Cruz, Calif. — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County joins President-elect Barak Obama’s Renew America Together campaign, to start on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday January 19th—the day before the Presidential Inauguration. The initiative is to inspire Americans of every walk of life to volunteer on this day and to contribute to their community every day of the year.

Honorary Co-Chair of the Inauguration Committee, General Colin Powell shares: “We’re not just asking the American people for one day of service. We are asking you to make an ongoing commitment of your time – an hour, a weekend, whatever you can spare. Because that’s how we’re going to rebuild this country and meet our great challenges – together…. My experience is, in time of need, the American people recognize that they have to do more than they would have otherwise.”

Many local residents in Santa Cruz County have chosen to be a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters year-round, as volunteer mentors for just a few hours a week. Joan, who has volunteered for 6 years as a Big Sister, says of her experience: “Children are a great blessing and having a Little Sister in my life enriches it. My Little Sister has helped me stay young and to continue to enjoy playful activities in and out of doors.”

“We at Big Brothers Big Sisters are very grateful for those in our community who volunteer weekly to help the lives of children in this county,” says Marie Cubillas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director.   “We encourage everyone to look at this time to your social investment portfolio and see how your investments in your community (local, national, global) are yielding a huge return; you have made a major difference in the lives of people through investment in education, environment, arts, culture, social and human services.  No one would neglect a good financial equity investment if it were yielding a good return – you would invest more.  With whatever you have and can, do the same for your social investments – and watch the returns grow. By volunteering in your community you are making a sound social investment.”

For more information about Renew America Together, visit www.USAService.org. For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters and about being a mentor to a child in our community, call 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.


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12/15/08

Big Brothers Big Sisters Awarded Grant for Staff Training
Local Mentoring Program Supported by Lockheed Martin

Santa Cruz, Calif. –  Lockheed Martin has generously awarded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County a $5,000 grant in support of staff training.  The staff of Big Brothers Big Sisters are consistently and periodically trained to ensure safety for children of the community and volunteer services. For 26 years locally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped children and youth navigate the challenges of growing up by matching each with supportive adult role models.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support Big Brothers Big Sisters in the community, call 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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10/24/08

New Jack in the Box Antenna Balls on a Mission
Jack gives 70% to Big Brothers Big Sisters

On Monday, October 27th, Jack in the Box is rolling out a new line of antenna balls that are to raise funds and awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters nationally. Tray liners and to-go bags will also feature Big Brothers Big Sisters promotion.

The new antenna ball, dubbed “Beanie Jack”, will be sold for $1, excluding tax, at all participating Jack in the Box restaurants, while supplies last. For each sale $.70 will go to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the primary charitable partner of The Jack in the Box Foundation for the past 10 years.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County has been the preeminent local youth mentoring organization for twenty-six years. Its service is based in the dedication of its volunteers. It has proven success in creating and nurturing positive relationships that benefit everyone– including the volunteer, the child, the families and the community.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support mentoring in the community, call 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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10/01/08

Local Youth Mentoring Program Awarded $2.5K Grant
Support and Recognition for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Santa Cruz, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is the recipient of a $2,500 grant from The Driscoll’s Charitable Fund at the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County.  The grant is to support expansion of mentoring services for Big Brothers Big Sisters– the leading youth mentoring organization in the county. 220+ at-risk youth will benefit from this grant.

The Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County was founded in 1982 to assist donors’ charitable giving, explore giving options with financial advisors and attorneys, and provide grants and resources to local organizations.

Marie Cubillas, Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Director, remarks: “We are honored to be working in partnership with the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County and Driscoll’s Charitable Fund to support children and families in our community.”

For 26 years locally, and over 100 years nationally, Big Brothers Big Sisters has helped children and youth navigate the challenges of growing up by matching each with supportive adult role models.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support mentoring in the community, call 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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09/30/08

Welcoming New Staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County
Team’s Reach Expands at Local Nonprofit

For over 25 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been the leading mentoring organization in Santa Cruz County. The nonprofit’s reach has just expanded this Fall with the addition of two staff members, Mia Righetti and Hannah Mello, both Santa Cruz natives with hearts for contributing locally.

We welcome Mia Righetti as Administrative Assistant, coming to the team with a Mass Communications degree from UC Berkeley and volunteer work with children and adults of special needs, as well as dance and the arts for young people. Mia says, “I’m excited to be a part of Big Brothers Big Sisters because I know that being here I help to make a difference in this community.”

Hannah Mello also joins as Outreach Coordinator— having just relocated from New York City with experience in marketing, advertising, and the arts on both East and West Coasts. She remarks, “It’s a privilege to be a part of a nationally recognized nonprofit that has a focused goal of investing in what really matters in our community— the lives of young people who will be the leaders and shapers of tomorrow’s world.” Hannah has a passion for cultural awareness and appreciation as well, with a commitment to being a lifelong student and traveler.

“We are proud to welcome these women to the team that not only bring their local history and involvement, but the deep desire to make a difference in their community,” comments Executive Director Marie Cubillas.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support BBBS efforts, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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8/26/08

Annual Sailing Event Sets Fundraising Record for Big Brothers Big Sisters

“Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta,” an annual Santa Cruz sailing tradition, makes a big splash this year by raising more than $53,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.  The Santa Cruz Yacht Club teamed up with the youth mentoring program on August 17th for the 17th annual regatta.  More than 300 people participated in the sailing race and hundreds attended the post-race festivities.

“Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta” is the largest SCYC sponsored regatta.  The race featured five divisions based on PHRF ratings.  Shep Kett, a long time supporter of the event, took first place in the corporate division with the his yacht, “Ocatavia.”

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club hosted the event, which included a barbecue from Armadillo Willy’s, live music by “Freedom Boulevard,” raffles, and a silent auction. Linda Garner, a former Big Sister, won the grand prize raffle for a $3500 Hawaiian vacation package.

“The event was superb and the fundraising efforts reached new heights.  We are very excited,” said Marie Cubillas, Executive Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.  “We thank the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, our sponsors and participants for supporting this fun community-based event.  We are honored to have this sailing tradition support our youth mentoring efforts.”

All of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. For 26 years locally, and over 100 years nationally, BBBS has helped children and youth navigate the challenges of growing up by matching each with supportive adult role models. By making this event a tradition of good will, the SCYC has continued to support the work BBBS does for the community.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support mentoring in the community, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org. 

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7/22/08

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County Awarded $25K Grant

Santa Cruz, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is the recipient of a threeyear
$25,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County. A portion of the
grant has been made possible by a contribution from the John and Abby Sobrato Donor Advised
Fund.

The grant is purposed for the general support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County,
which is the leading non-profit youth mentoring program in the county. The goal of the grant is
to help place 45 children in long-term, mentoring relationships and expand the after-school
program to provide tutoring and activities for 115 youth.

“We are honored to be working in partnership with the Community Foundation of Santa Cruz
County to support children and families in our community,” said Marie Cubillas, Executive
Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County.

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations
can support mentoring in the community, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County
at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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6/20/08

Annual Sailing Race Promotes Youth Mentoring in Santa Cruz County

The Santa Cruz Yacht Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County and are teaming
up again for the17th annual “Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta.” This is the largest SCYC
sponsored regatta and will be held on Sunday, August 17th.

Each year, the Santa Cruz Yacht Club hosts this exciting event and helps raise thousands of
dollars for the children of our community. This year’s regatta will include a reverse-start race
with six divisions, a barbecue from Armadillo Willy’s, live music provided by the Freedom
Boulevard Band, raffles, and a silent auction.

Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, welcomes
the community to participate in this event. “We are honored and proud to be partnering with the
sailing community on this great event for the 17th year. This is an exciting tradition for the
County of Santa Cruz to enjoy while supporting youth mentoring in our community.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County hopes to exceed its fundraising goal of $50,000
this year. The event is hosted by the Santa Cruz Yacht Club, Multiverse, Granite Construction,
Barefoot N’ II Karleen Appraisal, West Marine, Lee Kahn Foundation, Comcast Spotlight,
KWAV 97FM, and Armadillo Willy’s.

All of the proceeds will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. For 26 years
locally, and over 100 years nationally, BBBS has helped children and youth navigate the
challenges of growing up by matching each with supportive adult role models. By making this
event a tradition of good will, the SCYC has continued to support the work BBBS does for the
community. This year’s event once again promises to be a great time for crews, captains, and
families.

Please visit www.santacruzmentor.org for registration and event information.

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5/09/08

Local bowlers roll a strike for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Despite the troubled economy, the Santa Cruz community rallied to raise more than $108,000 for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” is the annual bowl-a-thon for the non-profit youth mentoring program.  The event took place in the last weekend of April and the final pledges are now being tallied.

This year, 500 bowlers participated in the event hosted by the Boardwalk Bowl.  Participants received hundreds of prizes and gift certificates donated by local businesses.  All proceeds will go toward creating and supporting matches between caring adult mentors and at-risk youth in the local community. Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, is excited by the outcome of this event.

“The overwhelming support from local businesses, organizations, and individuals reflects the spirit of our community.  Each year our bowlers and sponsors raise critical funds that support our mentoring programs for children,” Cubillas said.

The major sponsors for this year’s “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” event were Boardwalk Bowl, Ow Family Properties, Bay Federal Credit Union, Comcast Spotlight, Comerica Bank, Granitrerock, Granite Construction, KWAV 97 FM, Jammin’ 97.9, Lumbermens, Plantronics, Register Pajaronian, Wells Fargo and Southwest Airlines.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County celebrates its 26th anniversary providing mentoring services to children in the county. Since 1982, the agency has mentored more than 3,000 children.

For more information on how to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, contact the agency at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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4/15/08

Bowlers Needed for Annual Fundraiser

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County needs participants for their annual bowl-a-thon, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” on April 26th and 27th at the Boardwalk Bowl.

Last year, 600 bowlers participated and helped raise more than $115,000. All proceeds go towards creating and supporting matches between caring adult mentors and at-risk youth in the local community. Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, looks forward to reaching a new fundraising goal this year.

“I would like to invite everyone to put together a team and join us for Bowl for Kids’ Sake. Each year our bowlers raise critical funds that support our mentoring programs for children,” Cubillas said. “And you don’t have to be a good bowler, just a good sport.”

New to the event this year, bowlers can register online and collect pledges at www.santacruzmentor.org.  Anyone can participate by forming a team of five bowlers or signing up as an individual. Each team member collects pledges to support Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring programs. All proceeds from the event help Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County continue to make lasting, positive relationships between “Bigs” and “Littles.”

Participating bowlers, top fundraisers and lucky strike bowlers are eligible to win tee shirts and prizes donated by local merchants. The grand prize for the top fundraiser is two round-trip airfare tickets for travel in the United States, donated by Southwest Airlines.

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2008 event Major Sponsors are Boardwalk Bowl, Ow Family Properties, Bay Federal Credit Union, Comcast Spotlight, Comerica Bank, Granitrerock, Granite Construction, KWAV 97 FM, Jammin’ 97.9, Lumbermens, Plantronics, Register Pajaronian, Wells Fargo and Southwest Airlines.

For more information on how to get involved with Bowl for Kids’ Sake, contact the agency at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzmentor.org.

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1/15/08

Lisa Spriggs joins the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Board Members for Big Brothers Big Sisters act as ambassadors for the agency in the community and provide leadership and support through governance and fundraising.

Lisa Spriggs moved to Santa Cruz County in 2006.  She has a master’s degree in business administration and works for Granite Construction as manager of general accounting.

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is a great organization that really cares about children and helping them to grow and develop strong relationships,” said Spriggs.  “The fundraising efforts are a lot of fun and I am excited to take part in the future activities.”

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1/10/08

Governor Schwarzenegger proclaims January 2008 as Mentoring Month

As we recognize National Mentoring Month this January, Governor Schwarzenegger now designates “Mentoring Month” here in California.

It is estimated that 15.1 million children nationwide are without mentors, which means there are numerous opportunities to positively shape the lives of youth.  By being a strong role model, you can help a young person do better in school and fight off the temptations of gangs, drug use and other destructive influences.

“In my own life, I was blessed to be mentored by wise and incredibly hard-working individuals,” said Governor Schwarzenegger in his proclamation.  “It is my hope that every child in California can be guided by mentors who can bring out the best in them.  To that end, I encourage all Californians to mentor youth by sharing their talents and experiences.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization in the country, matches quality mentors with children primarily from single parent and low-income homes. In Santa Cruz County, more than half of children will spend part of their lives in single parent homes, and many families will struggle with the high costs of living. The local agency will serve over 200 children in the county this year.

“We are always trying to increase awareness of the need for youth mentoring in our local community and the Governor’s proclamation will help that cause,” said Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County. “We want to urge individuals interested in becoming a mentor to contact us today.  Your time and friendship will give a child a sense of belonging that will enhance every aspect of their life.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is calling for volunteers to mentor children in the local community.  The month-long outreach campaign focuses on the need for mentoring, its positive effects on children’s lives, and the demand for volunteer mentors to close California’s mentoring gap. Too many young people do not have a caring adult mentor to provide encouragement and support.

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1/01/08

January is National Mentoring Month

In honor of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County is calling for volunteers to mentor children in the local community. Since 2002, President Bush has designated January National Mentoring Month. The month-long outreach campaign focuses on the need for mentoring, its positive effects on children’s lives, and the demand for volunteer mentors to close the nation’s mentoring gap. Too many young people do not have a caring adult mentor to provide encouragement and support.  Individuals, businesses, government agencies, schools, faith communities, and nonprofits can work together to increase the number of mentors and assure brighter futures for our young people.

Last January, California Representative Susan A Davis brought the message of mentoring to Congress. “Research shows that about 15 million children across the United States are in need of a mentor and a good role model. It is crucial that we begin to reach these children,” said Davis.

For Marie Cubillas, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, the need for caring adult mentors for children in the community hits home. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the oldest and largest youth mentoring organization, matches quality mentors with children primarily from single parent and low-income homes. In Santa Cruz County, more than half of children will spend part of their lives in single parent homes, and many families will struggle with the high costs of living. The agency will serve over 150 children in the county this year.

“Currently we have over 50 children on our waiting list for a Big Brother or Big Sister, and the list continues to grow,” said Cubillas. “We want to urge individuals interested in becoming a mentor to contact us today.  Your time and friendship will give a child the self confidence to be proud of their accomplishments.”

Ezra Berger, a former Little Brother participant for BBBS of Santa Cruz County, agrees with Cubillas.  “Having a Big Brother changed my outlook on many different aspects of life, and changed them for the better,” said Berger. “Knowing that someone cares about what you are doing and who you are becoming is really important for a kid.”

Berger credits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County with finding excellent adult mentors.  “This organization works incredibly hard to ensure that the adults serving as Big Brothers and Big Sisters are the kind of people that a parent would want their child to be involved with,” said Berger.  ”There are immeasurable benefits that a child can get out of this program. Most of them are intangible, having to do with self-esteem, relationship-building, and just plain happiness. I also feel that having a Big Brother has had positive effects that I have yet to discover.”

BBBS of Santa Cruz County relies on new volunteers to keep the mentoring program moving forward.  Dave Sieburg, Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, encourages interested volunteers to contact him personally.  ”I have the amazing job of speaking with people who are excited to give back to the community,” said Sieburg.  ”All of our volunteers bring a unique life story and background to the program and that diversity is what makes our mentoring so successful.”

To become a mentor or for more information on ways individuals, businesses and organizations can support mentoring in the community, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County at 831-464-8691 or visit www.santacruzbbbs.org.

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12/07/2007

Local Artist Named Two-Time Winner of Annual Art Contest

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County announces Tina Distad as the Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2008 tee shirt design contest winner. This marks the second time that Distad won the competition.  Distad is a freelance artist in Santa Cruz with more than a decade of experience in graphic design and promotional advertising.

“We received many creative designs for the contest, and we congratulate Tina on her winning artwork,” said Marie Cubillas, executive director.  “This year’s design celebrates the uniqueness of our community and captures the themes of bowling and mentoring.  We look forward to seeing the logo on our tee shirts and promotional materials.”  Cubillas also thanks all the artists who submitted designs for the contest.

Distad’s design features surfing bowling pins that represent Big Brothers and Big Sisters matched with Little Brothers and Little Sisters. Distad won $200 in gift certificates from Palace Art and Office Supply and the opportunity to feature her design at the event in April.

The agency’s annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event will take place on Saturday and Sunday April 26 and 27, 2008 at the Boardwalk Bowl in Santa Cruz.  The community is encouraged to participate in the event, organize a bowling team, and raise money to support more matches of children with Big Brothers and Big Sisters.  All proceeds from the event will directly support Big Brothers Big Sisters youth mentoring programs in Santa Cruz County.

For more information about Bowl for Kids’ Sake or forming a bowling team, contact Big Brothers Big Sisters at (831) 464-8691 or visit www.santacruzbbbs.org.