Big Brothers Big Sisters

Family Match of the Year

The Campbell Family - Keri, Brad and Bill

With more than 300 children waiting to be matched with a mentor in the Phoenix-metro area, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona remains dedicated to closing the gap by providing beneficial mentorship programs to the children in the community.

On Feb. 11, the organization hosted its annual “Big Event” and recognized its corporate partners and volunteers.

The 2016 ceremony took place at Rustler’s Rooster and included more than 300 guests. Five adult mentors, or “Bigs” as they’re referred to in the organization, were selected out of a thousand volunteers for their commitment to the agency and received Big of the Year awards.

“We are eternally grateful for our volunteers, community partners and corporate sponsors,” said Laura Capello, CEO and president of BBBSAZ. “It is because of their support that we’re able to make strides and help pair children with mentors in the area. Our goal is to match every child on the wait list with an adult, and thanks to the efforts of our participants, we’re getting closer to accomplishing the feat. The Big Event is a token of our appreciation, and we’re thrilled we were able to spend the evening celebrating members of the community.”

The 2016 award recipients are:


Big of the Year Awards

Community-Based Big Brother of the Year

Michael Merkel

Community-Based Big Sister of the Year

Dannielle Charles

Site-Based Big Brother of the Year

Jaime Esquivel

Site-Based Big Sister of the Year

Jill Maruca

Family Match of the Year

The Campbell Family - Bill, Keri and their son, Brad

Community Volunteer Award

Barry Starr Award (Outstanding Event Volunteer)

Frank Thomas

Staff Awards

Outstanding Employee Awards

Linda Searfoss Award (Outstanding Employee)

Bobbi Nez

Corporate Partner Awards

Big Heart Award Large Company

Desert Schools Federal Credit Union

Big Heart Award Small Company

Fiesta Bowl Charities

Think Big Partner Awards

Education/Career Development

Microsoft Store

Risk Avoidance


Healthy Living

Lime Lite Dance

Community Involvement


Cultural Experiences

Audrey Johnson Theatre Foundation

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