Since 1968, we have been pairing children in Pinellas with caring mentors that change their lives for the better, forever.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay celebrated our 50th anniversary in Pinellas County with a reception May 10 at the Feather Sound Country Club. Since 1968, we have been providing children facing adversity in Pinellas County with professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that changed their lives for the better, forever
A beautiful soiree began with mingling over drinks and hors-d’oeuvres while guitarist and former Little Brother, Corey McHugh, played classical guitar. During the reception, a historical tribute video was played to celebrate the individuals who made the past 50 years in Pinellas County possible, including Legacy Society donors, Henry & Gerry Goldhammer; former Big and Little, Frenchy & Jason; the first Executive Director of Big Sisters of Pinellas County, Susan Stanton; and founder of Big Sisters of Pinellas, Sweet Alice Young. Many former board members, Bigs, and Littles from back in the day were in attendance, making the event feel like a reunion. It was wonderful to hear stories from former Bigs and Littles about how their lives were transformed by being in the program. Former Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County, Susan Rolston, was honored at the reception. Susan had been CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Pinellas County for over 13 years prior to the agency merging with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. A scholarship was dedicated in honor of Susan and her late husband, Jim, for their commitment to the program. Susan’s previous Little Brother, Morgan, even made a surprise visit.
The evening was closed with a champagne toast to all the hard work and dedication of those who have made the last 50 years possible! Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay looks forward continuing our mission in Pinellas county and know that many lives have been touched along the way.
View the photo album for the Pinellas 50th Anniversary Reception here.