40th Anniversary of BBBS of Hereford, Inc.

Plans are underway to honor and celebrate with the Founding Father(s), directors, and board members, who worked together to bring the  Big Brothers Big Sisters Program to Hereford.    Rodney Laubhan, a former school principal, in Hereford, was concerned about the children in his school, and in the community who came from single-parent homes.  Mr. Laubhan conducted a survey to see how many children were from single-parent homes and was surprised of the number of children who lived in single-parent homes.   He had heard about Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America, a community youth service program who served youth ages 5-17 from single-parent homes.  They provided role models for children and used a “one -to-one” concept of providing (one adult volunteer to one child)  concept of providing companionship and friendship to children during their most formative years.  He talked to a few of his friends and tossed the idea around and called the Amarillo Agency to see what he needed to do to get an agency in Hereford.  He formed a team consisting of  R.C. Hoelscher, and Wanda Hoover  to support him in his efforts. They called a meeting of school and  community people for support.  Agency requested and received funding from United Way to support a part-time director and small office at the Jim Hill Hotel.  A newly created board,   hired  JoAnn Dwyer, as their first director,  who officially began her tenure  on January 1, 1974. First members of the Board included, Paul Abalos, Dudley Bayne, R.L. Blakely, Galdys Caviness, Bartley Dowell, R.C.Hoelshcher, Wanda Hoover, Walter Kreig, Rodney Laubhan, Margaret London, Kay McWhorter, Jim Pickett, David Pruitt,  Rene Ramirez, and Andy Shuval.  Please call us and share  information about any of these dedicated people or share  your story of the early years of Big Brothers Big Sisters. We would love to learn more about the   people who were involved with the idea and dedication to open the doors to a  Big Brothers Big Sisters agency to serve the children of Hereford.    Any information will be appreciated. Please contact us at  806-364-6171.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

VFW Golf Tournament – July 26 & 27

The annual VFW Golf Tournament is set for July 26-27 at John Pitman Municipal Golf Course in Hereford.  The tournament will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hereford’s positive youth development programs.

First National Bank is sponsoring a “Closest to the Pin” Contest. A total of  $300 in Hereford Bucks will be given to two  winners.  There will be a morning and evening contest winner.

The entry fee is $120 per player and includes a cart and green fees for two days, prizes, range balls, mulligans, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and refreshments during play as well as a 5-course dinner on Saturday, July 26 at the VFW.  The format is a 2-person scramble with shotgun starts as follows:  Saturday at 8:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  Player evaluation will follow the dinner.  Awards presentation will be at the VFW following play on Sunday.

The field is limited to the first 80 teams that sign up by the deadline on Thursday, July 24 at 8:00 p.m.  For more information or to sign up, call the John Pitman Golf Shop at 363-7139.

Additionally, tee box sponsorships are available for $50.00.  This is a great advertising opportunity for a business or organization and helps to support Big Brothers Big Sisters programs.  Please call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 364-6171 by Friday, July 18 to sponsor a tee box.

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2014

There was great turnout for  Bowl for Kids’s Sake 2014,  “Luau at the Lanes” supporting a great cause …our kids.    There was lots of fun, food, bowling, and door prizes.  Over 360 people participated in Bowl for Kids’ 2014, representing 68 teams from area businesses, church groups, civic clubs, and friends.  Feedback from our bowlers has been very positive so we know everyone had a good time.   If you missed Bowl for Kids’ Sake  this year,  it’s not too late to make plans for next year.
Xi Epsilon Team

Xi Epsilon Team

WT Services Team

WT Services Team

HHS Key Club Team

HHS Key Club Team

HRMC Team

HRMC Team

First United Methodist Church-Seekers

First United Methodist Church-Seekers

Firedept

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Bowl for Kids’ Sake News

bfks bowling ballsThe community is proving to be a great supporter of Bowl for Kids’ Sake.  Bowl for Kids’ Sake is in it’s 15th year and is the biggest fundraiser for BBBS of Hereford.    We have 68 Teams signed up and ready to bowl on March 28 and 29.  We are looking forward to great fun, bowling, food, and door prizes at our “Luau at the Lanes.” Please call if you have any questions or would like to Bowl…. for Kids’ Sake.

100% of the funds raised stay in Hereford to support our Bigs in Schools and Community Based programs.  By participating in Bowl for Kids’ Sake, you can help a child realize their full potential. YOU can start something BIG!    Do you have one hour a day, one day a week, during lunch, to make a positive difference in the life of one child?  or 4 hours a month, any day of the week, to invest in the future of one child?   Volunteers are needed to fill the needs of our children in Hereford.  That one child is waiting for you.

We  have slots available  for Lane Sponsor Advertisements if you would like to advertise your business. Your business sign will be seen by over 350 people over the two day period.

Call today! 364-6171

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Big Brothers Big Sisters Host Valentine’s Party

Picture 631

Elsa and Kathie ready to start Valentine Bingo.

Picture 626Shane, Thomas, and Ricardo ready for  bingo game.

Picture 625Lisa, Analisa,Mireya, & Alexis enjoying their Valentine treats

 Audrey, Alisha, and Patrick smiling for the camera

Audrey, Alisha, and Patrick smiling for the camera

 

Annette, Kathrine, Kathryn, Zyrah, & Lyric enjoying Valentine treats

Annette, Kathrine, Kathryn, Zyrah, & Lyric enjoying Valentine treats

A Valentine’s Party was held on February 12, 2014 at the Community Center for the Community-Based Littles and their BIGS.   They all enjoyed delicious snacks, Valentine cookies donated by Cindy Marquez, and great games of  Valentine bingo, and  prizes.

The Community-Based Program is the traditional one-to-one mentoring program of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  It is offered to children ages 6-18 who live with one parent, grandparents, extended family members, or who are in foster care. Children in this program are matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister who meets with them outside of the school setting  to pursue common interests and attend agency-sponsored events and activities. These matches spend a minimum of four hours together monthly.  Please call 364-6171 to volunteer or  for more information.

 

Posted in General | Tagged | Leave a comment

ADM Grant Check Presented to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hereford

This proud group from ADM in Hereford presented a check to Sara Pesina, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hereford. The money will be used to benefit the BIGS in Schools mentoring program in Hereford. Archer Daniels Midland Company Cares is a social investment program that strives to make a positive difference in the communities where colleagues live and work. All employees contribute to the fund.  A big THANK YOU to  ADM and it’s employees!!!

ADM2Pictured front row; left to right-Eloy Marquez, Plant manager and a Big Brother in the BIGS in Schools Program, Michael Garza, Jaime Ruiz, Billy Garcia, Melissa Vargas, Amy Russell, and Mona Klein,General Manager.

Back row: Miles Goforth, Eddie Villalovos, Manuel Gallardo, Jerry Saucedo, and John Celaya

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Plans are underway for Bowl for Kids’s Sake 2014

Plans are underway for 15th Annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake 2014.  Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the annual fundraiser for Big Brothers Big sisters of Hereford is scheduled for March 28 -29 at Sugarland Mall Bowling Lanes in Hereford. Bowling Sessions will run Friday evening and Saturday morning/early afternoon to accommodate bowlers’s work schedules.

Sara Pesina, the agency’s new Executive Director stated, “Bowl for Kids’ Sake (BFKS) is an exciting time for our community to come together in support of our agency’s work.  We are counting on a high  grossing fundraiser this year to help offset cuts in grant funding.  BFKS is a widely anticipated annual event because everyone has such a great time  bowling  with family, friends, and associates.   We have set a goal of 65 teams, 20 T-shirt logo sponsors and 9 lane sponsors.  We hope to to have 3 or 4 major sponsor whose contributions will boost BFKS revenue to the much needed level.  The Bowl for Kids’s Sake theme this year is “Luau at he Lanes.” with coordinating T-shirts, decorations, and party favors.  Our board members and staff work diligently to deliver a fun-filled experience for all of our teams.”

Each BFKS team is comprised of five bowlers for an entry fee of $250.  For an additional $50.00 per person, teams can register up to two additional bowlers on their team.  Registration fees include:  Bowling, rental shoes, T-shirts, snacks, beverages, party favors, and a chance  to win door prizes.

Area businesses can also contribute to our event with their logo placement on the backs of the T-shirts.  This is a highly visible and reasonably priced promotional venue for companies, clubs, and organizations.  Another type of sponsorship is our lane sponsorship in which a business or organization gets special signage on a lane for the entire event. These are perfect opportunities for entities that may not have enough  people for a team but still want to contribute to BFKS.

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been a  part of the community since 1973.  The agency provides valuable, unduplicated service through quality positive youth development and one-to-one-mentoring programs. Bowl for Kids’ Sake is a worth while investment in our children who are the future of this community.  Children enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters’ programs gain a wealth of benefits including higher grades and self-confidence, a better sense of the future , and stronger interpersonal relationships.  One-hundred percent of the BFKS funds remain in our community to directly serve our kids.

Please call Big Brother Big Sisters of Hereford at 364-6171 for more event information.

Elsa Barrientez and Kathie Kerr  getting ready for Bowl for Kids's Sake

  Elsa Barrientez and Kathie Kerr, BBBS staff,  getting ready  for Bowl for Kids’s Sake 2014

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Kathie Kerr to Join Big Brothers Big Sisters Team

Kathie Kerr will bring her enthusiasm to Big Brothers Big Sisters as the newest member of the match support team on January 2, 2014.  Kerr retires from her 33-year career with the Hereford Independent School District at the end of the year.  Over the years Kerr has worked as an elementary teacher and most recently as a reading interventionist.  Kerr shared, “After spending many years as a teacher,  I have seen first-hand the difference Big Brothers Big Sisters has made in the lives of students.  I knew this would be a great opportunity for me to continue to help students.  A mentor can help mold and support not only students but whole families in many social and emotional aspects of everyday life.”

Kerr has been married to her husband Charlie for 28 years.  Charlie is the owner of Charlie Kerr Realtor, Inc.  They are members of the First Presbyterian Church.  The couple has two children, son Christopher and daughter Amber Ambold.  Christopher and his wife Sabra have two girls, Keelan and Kyndall.  Amber and her husband Eric have two dogs that Kerr refers to as her “grandpuppies”.

Kerr graduated from Levelland High School and went on to earn her Bachelor of Science degree from Angelo State University in Teacher Certification and minored in Math.  Kerr is presently Director for her church’s Vacation Bible School, leader for the Children’s Bible Study at a local apartment complex, Corresponding Secretary for Delta Kappa Gamma Delta Xi Sorority, a member of the Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association, and has raised funds for various causes including Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Bowl for Kids’ Sake.

Kerr is enthused about her new position as Match Support Specialist with the agency.  She said, “I look forward to watching both children and adults being matched to grow a life-long relationship that benefits both.  I know this relationship will help support the family and the child at school so that the child grows into a productive citizen.”

 

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Sara Pesina Named New Executive Director

The agency’s Board of Directors selected Sara Pesina to replace retiring Barbara Veazey as Big Brothers Big Sisters new Executive Director.  Pesina will assume her new position on December 20.  Pesina has worked at the agency for the past two-and-a-half years as a Match Support Specialist.  Prior to that, Pesina worked for the Hereford Independent School District for 37 years, including teaching at Tierra Blanca for ten years and most recently as a Senior Counselor before retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year.  A chance meeting with Veazey on the post office steps in 2011 resulted in a job offer that ended Pesina’s “four-week retirement”.  “I still wanted to work with kids.  Big Brothers Big Sisters is more pro-active for helping kids because we can reach them at an earlier age.  So many of their risk factors are due to their low self-esteem,” stated Pesina.

Sara and her husband, Raul, have been married for 42 years.  Raul is the owner of Pesina’s Superior Painting, Inc.  They are members of St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.  The couple has two daughters, Valerie, an eleventh grade teacher residing in the Dallas area and Vanessa Rocha who is a nurse.  Vanessa and her husband Benny have three sons, Alexander, Nicholas, and Zachary, all of Amarillo.  Pesina is the daughter of Mike and Anita Gamez of Hereford.

A graduate of Hereford High School, Pesina obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from West Texas A&M University and earned her Master’s degree in Education and Counseling from WTAMU as well.  She was bestowed the honor of Texas Counselor of the Year in 2011.

Pesina is currently an Amarillo College Advisory Board Member, a Crisis Center volunteer, and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma.  She is also the bookkeeper for her husband’s business.  In her spare time, Pesina likes to sew and garden.  She especially enjoys attending her grandsons’ Amarillo Little Theater performances and their sports activities.

Pesina said, “I’m excited about my new role at Big Brothers Big Sisters.  I truly believe in mentoring as a tool to help children who face adversity.  As Director, I feel it is my opportunity to continue to be involved with children and help the future of our community.”

Posted in General | Leave a comment

Executive Director Barbara Veazey Announces Retirement

Executive Director Barbara Veazey will retire from her 12-year career with the agency on December 20, 2013.  During her tenure, Veazey worked with the board of directors and agency team to relocate the offices to the present location at 244 Main Street in downtown Hereford, upgraded all outdated technology, worked with a professional web developer to create the agency’s website, established social media pages, and converted the agency’s databases to AIM, Agency Information Management unified electronic system as mandated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.  “The conversion was quite a daunting process and extremely time-consuming,” recalled Veazey.  Now a year later, the agency staff is very comfortable with the system and readily asserts how helpful AIM is in their everyday work with children, families, and volunteers.

Veazey stated, “So as my position with Big Brothers Big Sisters comes to an end, I would like to thank our great community for its continued interest and vital financial support of our agency.  My affiliation with the agency has truly been an honor and a privilege.  My childhood mentor made a huge impact on me, so I can certainly relate to the importance this role has in the lives of our children.  It has been personally rewarding to see the many positive outcomes for the children enrolled in our programs.  We see things change and improve for them, and emerge transformed ourselves.”

Barbara and her husband, Mike, have been married for 13 years and have a two-year old Pomeranian, Lulu.  Mike is the General Manager at Deaf Smith Electric Cooperative.  Veazey shared, “My retirement plans include tackling a variety of projects.  I plan to reacquaint myself with my golf clubs, work on genealogy, hobbies, volunteer, travel, and devote more time to my home-based business with Thirty-One.”

Veazey declared, “We served 175 children last year in longer, stronger, more meaningful matches and had our best ever bowling fundraiser.”  Under Veazey’s leadership, Bowl for Kids’ Sake revenues increased by a noteworthy 89%.  She continued, “Big Brothers Big Sisters is poised to go forward into its 40th year on a strong foundation, due to several new funding opportunities and the Board’s succession plan for the new Executive Director.”

 

Posted in General | Leave a comment