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31st Annual Sidewalks of New York Awards Gala

Soledad O'Brien,CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent (center) will serve as emcee at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC's 31st Annual Sidewalks of New York Gala. This year's gala which celebrates "The Power to Change Lives" will be held on April 26th at The Waldorf Astoria. The fundraising efforts of this gala are vital to sustaining its mentoring programs that help NYC children

Soledad O'Brien, CNN Anchor and Special Correspondent (center) will serve as emcee at Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC's 31st Annual Sidewalks of New York Gala. This year's gala which celebrates "The Power to Change Lives" will be held on April 26th at The Waldorf Astoria. The fundraising efforts of this gala are vital to sustaining its mentoring programs that help NYC children


The 31st Annual Sidewalks of New York
Awards Dinner

April 26, 2010



Four youth and their mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BigsNYC) will be in the spotlight in front of more than 1,000 people, during the 31st Annual Sidewalks of New York Awards Dinner on April 26, 2010.  They will present awards to individuals who serve as role models: Richard J. Franchella of RBC Wealth Management; Mark A. Standish of RBC Capital Markets; Deborah Roberts, ABC News Correspondent ; and.Michael J. Oher, Offensive Tackle, Baltimore Ravens

Each award will be presented to the honoree by a youth and his or her mentor. The matches have, over the past eight weeks, written and practiced their remarks that shared their true stories and heartfelt presentations touched by unique wit and personality. This year's gala celebrates "The Power to Change Lives" -- the power mentoring has to shape not just one child's future, but the future of an entire community. Since BigsNYC is a donor-supported volunteer organization, fundraising efforts like the Sidewalks of New York Gala are vital to sustaining its mentoring programs. The event is slated to raise over $1.5 million dollars.


What:        Sidewalks of New York Gala

An awards dinner supporting and celebrating The Power to Change Lives

Who:          Emcee: Soledad O'Brien, Anchor & Special Correspondent, CNN


§   Richard J. Franchella, Senior Managing Director, Private Client Group, RBC Wealth Management

§   Mark A. Standish, President & Co-CEO,
 RBC Capital Markets

§   Deborah Roberts, Correspondent,
 ABC News 20/20

§   Michael J. Oher, Offensive Tackle,
Baltimore Ravens

When:        Monday, April 26, 2010               6:30pm cocktails

                                                              8:55pm Presentation of Awards

Where:      The Waldorf=Astoria Grand Ballroom

Tickets:       Tickets are $500 and $1,000. Tables run from $5,000 - $50,000

To purchase tickets, contact Meredith Sanandres at DS Consulting Group (212) 888-7003


The Power to Change Lives

Many of the children helped by BigsNYC, the nation's oldest mentoring organization, are at-risk or dealing with complex issues, such as an incarcerated parent, teenage motherhood, or, as first generation Americans, balancing the cultures of their families and countries of origin with the cultures of their school peers and New York City.

The majority of at-risk children are from low-income single-family households where their caregivers are struggling to do the job of two. Many are growing up in the tougher neighborhoods of the city. Without an involved, reliable and caring adult role model, a child is more likely to take cues from negative influences. For every child at-risk who goes down the wrong path, society loses the meaningful contributions this child could have made.

A Big Brother or Big Sister (a mentor) is a positive voice that stands out from the crowd, and part of their impact is measurable:

·        67% improvement in school attendance for children in Community Mentoring Programs

·        96% improvement in psychological resiliency for youth matched in  the New American Program for one year

·        100% of students in Mentoring Through Medicine Program went onto college in 2009

·        83% of teen moms in Young Mothers Program showed significant improvement in school attendance after being matched with a
“Big Sister”

·        95% of volunteers in Workplace Mentoring Programs now have a better understanding of social problems in the city

·        100% of children in the 9/11 Program showed significant decrease of symptoms indicative of PTSD after one year

Mentoring can set a new course for a child. For many children in BigsNYC programs, a mentor has made the difference between dropping out of school and applying to college. A mentor's attention, guidance and example inspire changes that ripple beyond the child, impacting families, friends, teachers and the community. This is The Power to Change Lives.

The bonds created between a Big and a Little are permanent and powerful. Michael A. Corriero, Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC explains, "Many BigsNYC matches have been together for years and some for decades. That isn't luck. The time, energy, expertise and heart that BigsNYC social workers invest in each and every match create exponential dividends. For years to come, mentors, youth and the community as a whole will continue to realize and experience the positive impact mentoring has had on their lives and on their city."



Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BigsNYC), the nation’s first mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904, by developing and nurturing mentoring relationships under the guidance of trained social workers who carefully screen adults who are interested in mentoring school-age children, primarily from single-parent families.  BigsNYC also runs programs to help children facing more complex challenges, such as immigrant youth, teen moms and victims of 9/11, and a training center for NYC’s community agencies.  Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, BigsNYC has been able to reach out to the city’s most disadvantaged children matching them with caring mentors, helping them to achieve bright and productive futures. To offer support and/or to volunteer, visit  or call (212) 686-2042.



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