2018 Holiday Party
It was a sparkling, magical holiday event as Bigs, Littles, families and BBBS staff gathered for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas’ annual Holiday Party. More than 500 BBBS matches and families attended the event held this year at the new Austin Public Library.
“What a privilege to be able to host close to 600 of our Bigs, Littles and families at such an amazing space,” said Joe Strychalski, BBBS Vice President of Programs. “We love collaborating with local organizations like the Austin Public Library and seeking opportunities to increase the collective impact we can have. It’s such a benefit to our young people, families, and to the community as a whole!”
There were plenty of Santa hats and a few “ugly” sweaters, as everyone got into the holiday spirit. Participants gathered in the main hall where they enjoyed playing games like Uno, Mancala, and Jenga, and doing craft activities. Donors also provided an amazing ‘toy booth’ where Littles could select a gift of their choice.
The National Society of Black Engineers was also on hand, as they have been every year, to encourage the “builders” in attendance. Children and adults alike faced the challenge of designing and building a bridge out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Their creations were then tested to see how much weight they could withstand.
To cap off the evening, the Library opened several floors of the building for the kids to explore and enjoy – even the top floor garden.
“We heard gasps as many experienced the beauty of the library for the first time, and definitely made plans to go back!” said Christina Snell, BBBS Match Support Supervisor. “Big thanks to the Library for the great night for our families and Bigs! We are also grateful to our donors because every child connected to our program in some way walked away with a gift in hand!”
“The Austin Public Library was honored to host Big Brothers Big Sisters’ annual Holiday Party this year,” said Taja Beekley, Austin Public Library Sales and Events Manager. “It was a great joy to see the expressions on the children’s and teens’ faces as they entered the Central Library, some for the very first time. We are committed to providing equal access to books and information for all ages – big or little. Our partnership with BBBS not only represented a celebration of the holiday season, but also highlighted the dedication of both organizations to serving the greater Austin community.”
The evening provided a great night of fun, education and holiday celebration for Bigs and Littles alike. It was a great opportunity for matches, their families, and BBBS staff to spend quality time together.
A special thank you to all of the sponsors who helped make the event possible: AECOM; Austin Public Library; Google; MyEventIsThe Bomb; the National Society of Black Engineers; O’Connell Robertson; RSM; U.S. Micro Products; and the Young Men’s Service League – Cavaliers Chapter, Westlake Chapter, Hills of Westlake Chapter.
See event photos here