Up, Up & Away! The Annual Big Event Gala
Up, Up & Away!, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area’s annual fundraising dinner auction gala, held April 12 in San Francisco’s Palace Hotel, was a BIG success, raising over $450,000 for BBBSBA’s mentoring programs serving Bay Area youth.
It’s not too late to make a donation in support of the event and Bay Area youth mentoring!
or mail a check to:
Big Brothers Big Sisters
of the Bay Area
‘Up, Up & Away’ Gala
649 Mission Street, Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
BBBSBA Tax ID #23-7108045
Over 400 Bay Area business and community leaders came together in support of the agency mission and local youth mentoring. Keynote speaker Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey, treated attendees to an inspiring speech highlighting the power of mentoring and calling supporters to action.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Charles Pierson was also in attendance, updating supporters on the continuing efforts of the national agency and telling his own mentoring stories.
In keeping with tradition, four Inspirational Matches were honored at the event:
Big Brother Robert & Little Brother Aldo
Big Brother Hakeem & Little Brother Santos
Big Brother Soren & Little Brother Neil
Big Sister Patty & Little Sister Sarah
Also honored were long-time supporting organizations S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company, which was also a major gala sponsor. See below for a complete list of sponsors, and stay tuned for information about next year’s event!