on Astoria Aviles
our signature Ice Ball Gala just a few months away, Big Brothers Big Sisters’
new Special Events Director, Astoria Aviles, has hit the ground running!
am so excited to get out there and get to know volunteers and donors,” she
says. “I’ve had a lot of great support from the Ice Ball Host Committee
and BBBS staff.”
a self-described “people person” who appreciates the importance of building
relationships, Astoria has the energy and enthusiasm to keep the momentum
really looking forward to telling BBBS’ story and helping people feel that they
can truly be a part of our life-changing mission,” she says.
initially planning for a career in marketing, Astoria unexpectedly discovered a
passion for connecting people with causes while interning at a theater after
college. Inspired by the generous philanthropists who wanted to give back, her
professional focus soon turned toward the non-profit development field.
love it,” she says. “I love working with people who want to use their assets to
reinvest in the community.”
the agency’s two most significant fundraising events, Bowl for Kids and the Ice
Ball Gala, gives Astoria the perfect opportunity for connecting with supporters
of BBBS. While her job requires substantial logistical and planning skills,
Astoria also recognizes that the success of Bowl for Kids and Ice Ball
ultimately relies on building strong partnerships.
want to help donors feel empowered and excited about the work that BBBS is
doing,” she says. “To bring them along and make them a part of the
Astoria’s specific commitment to BBBS’ mission, is a passion for working in the
non-profit industry in general. She welcomes the opportunities to learn that
are found in non-profit environments where staff members often wear a “variety
someone who is constantly trying to learn, gain new skills, and have new
experiences,” she says, “so I think the non-profit industry is definitely the
best fit for me.”
a recent transplant to Austin, her work at BBBS also gives Astoria an
opportunity to learn about her new city. She considers herself a bit of a
coffee explorer and has made her favorite discovery so far at local roaster,
Greater Goods. Bringing together her two passions for non-profits and quality
coffee, Greater Goods donates $1 from each bag it sells to local charities,
making the coffee taste even better!
she’s thrilled to be a part of the BBBS team and is looking forward to
preparing for the Ice Ball Gala.
in this role is such a great opportunity,” she says enthusiastically. “I get to
serve a great organization like BBBS while also representing the agency to the
larger community of potential supporters.”