On Wednesday, August 18th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of NW PA held its Annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. The event recognizes volunteers, sponsors, donors, and supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of NW PA. This year's Volunteer Appreciation Dinner was sponsored by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
In addition to the more than 75 current volunteer mentors, the following sponsors and donors were recognized:
- Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
- Erie Insurance
- Loesel-Schaaf Insurance Agency
- Marquette Savings Bank
- JTM Foods
- Port Erie Plastics
- Great Lakes Metal Finishing
- Reddog Industries
- Bock Insurance Agency
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the BIG Impact Award. This award is presented each year to a former Big Brother or Big Sister who has gone above and beyond in their role as a volunteer mentor. This year's BIG Impact Award was presented to Erika Howland.
Erika was matched with Little Sister Randie almost 14 years ago. Before presenting the award, Randie talked about her experience with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the impact Erika had on her life.
Congratulation to Erika Howland and thank you to everyone who attended the Big Brothers Big Sisters Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Check out the Big Brothers Big Sisters Facebook Page to view photos from the event.