Meet Our Gala Matches!
Every year at our annual Gala we honor two matches who have shown a commitment to both the BBBSBA program and to each other. Below is just a small sample of how these Inspiration Award matches bring our mission to life. We look forward to debuting their stories on April 21st.
David & Javon
"I want to be the face of the organization," Javon says, holding his hands up to frame his head. "This right here, on T-shirts."
He and his Big Brother David are not that far off. Effortlessly quotable, you may notice Javon's name on program flyers. The pair has also made appearances at BBBSBA board meetings and other agency outings, inspiring many with stories from their years together. It is fitting that now they will grace the Gala stage as one of our honoree matches.
It's been a while since they started off working on proper handshake techniques at the pilot workplace program at Gap Inc.. Now, transitioned to the community-based mentoring program, Javon and David bond over everything from David's favorite childhood movies to their love for dogs. David sums it up succinctly: "We're family."
Deirdre & Danisha
Deirdre has been a constant presence through the ups and downs of Danisha's ever-changing life. The pair, matched for over seven years, have worked together to support Danisha through challenges at school, the passing of a close family member, multiple moves, and the already-difficult transitions from tween to teen to adult ready to face the world.
"I don't know how it would be not to have [Deirdre]", Danisha says of her Big Sister. "I just want to run around the world and tell [people] how my life has changed."
At next month's Gala, Danisha, now 17 and ready to graduate out of the BBBSBA program, will do just that. What had started casually as grabbing brunch together and exploring the Bay Area has evolved into giving back to the community with habitat restoration projects and cross-country adventures, ranging from experiencing the culture of New Orleans to marching on Washington. We can't wait to see what the future has in store for these two, and more importantly, what Deirdre and Danisha have in store for the future.