Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania Celebrates 100th Anniversary at Big Night Out Gala

Celebrities Marlon Wayans, Third Eye Blind, Macy Gray, Shontelle and
Mo’ne Davis celebrate 100 years of youth mentoring in Greater
Philadelphia with a goal to raise $1 Million Dollars

The night will feature concert performances, an awards ceremony,
first-class dining and exciting silent and live auctions

PHILADELPHIA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania (BBBS SEPA) will host
its Big
Night Out Gala
presented by Comcast NBCUniversal on Tuesday, October
13 at 6:00 p.m. at The Kimmel Center in celebration of its 100th
Anniversary. For one hundred years, BBBS SEPA, one of the oldest BBBS
mentoring organizations in the country and the third largest BBBS agency
in the nation, has made a positive impact on children and communities in
Chester, Montgomery, Delaware and Philadelphia Counties by connecting
caring adult volunteers with at-risk children in professionally
supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. The evening will benefit
the organization’s mission to provide youth mentorship matches to the
more than 1,200 children on its waiting list. The Big Night Out Gala
will be the largest gala and awards ceremony in the organization’s
history, and the first gala hosted by BBBS SEPA in 10 years.

The Big Night Out Gala will feature a reception, live celebrity
performances, an awards ceremony and a high-end silent auction for
once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Actor Marlon Wayans and Philadelphia’s
own 2014 Little League World Series pitcher Mo’ne Davis will be the
emcees for the event. They will be joined by celebrity entertainers
delivering diverse and exciting musical performances throughout the
evening, including Third Eye Blind, Macy Gray and Shontelle. The evening
will also include musical performances and speeches by some of BBBS
SEPA’s “Bigs” (Mentors) and “Littles” (Mentees).

“The Big Night Out Gala is not just a celebration of our 100th
Anniversary, it is a thank you to all our partners who donate their time
and resources and are vital to helping us fulfill our mission of
providing children who face adversity with strong and enduring
one-to-one relationships that truly change lives for the better — for
both our Bigs and Littles,” said Marcus Allen, CEO of BBBS SEPA. “Within
our 100 year history, we’ve made over 120,000 matches and expanded our
programs to reach the evolving needs of today’s children. The funds
raised at The Big Night Out Gala are critical for us to continue to
fulfill our mission and remove children off our waiting list and make an
undeniable impact on those who need it most.”

Several notable Philadelphia companies and organizations are sponsoring
BBBS SEPA’s centennial celebration as part of their ongoing commitment
to youth mentorship and creating positive change across our region,
including presenting sponsor Comcast NBCUniversal and major sponsors Fox
Rothschild LLP, Wells Fargo, Tasty Baking Company, PECO and the Bentley

The evening will also honor individuals and local companies who have
helped BBBS SEPA grow and continue to increase the number of mentoring
matches made each year. FOX 29 Good Day Philadelphia’s own Mike Jerrick
and Alex Holley will help present the awards, including:

  • Corporate Partner of the Century Award: Comcast Chairman & CEO,
    Brian L. Roberts, will accept this award on behalf of Comcast
    NBCUniversal for its support of Big Brothers Big Sisters’ one-to-one
    youth mentoring model and its proven record of success through
    significant volunteerism and philanthropy.
  • Humanitarian Award: The Bentley Family, in recognition of their
    concern for others and commitment to the betterment of society which
    has improved the lives of children in Southeastern Pennsylvania.
  • Charles Edwin Fox Memorial Service Award: Former Philadelphia
    Mayor Dr. W. Wilson Goode, Sr., D. Min, whose ideals and expectations
    for the community reflect the high standards of Big Brothers Big
    Sisters founder, Charles Edwin Fox.
  • Community Service Award: Fox Rothschild LLP, recognizing the
    firm’s commitment to responsible citizenship, volunteerism and high
    levels of community involvement.
  • Big Brother of the Century Award: Tom McElvogue, recognizing 43
    years of service.
  • Big Sister of the Century Award: Joan Tishgart, the first Big
    Sister in Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA’s history.

For more information on The Big Night Out Gala and to purchase tickets,
please visit

About Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA is a donor-supported
organization that enriches, encourages and empowers children to reach
their highest potential through safe, one-to-one mentoring
relationships. Volunteering as a Big Brother or Big Sister is about
making a measurable difference in a child’s life by sharing new
perspectives and experiences; in Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and
Philadelphia Counties, nearly 3,000 children annually are more
successful socially and academically because of the work of Big Brothers
Big Sisters Southeastern PA.


Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Leanne Scott Brown, 610-455-2742