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Big Impact Event

Big Impact Event A BIG Success!


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Big Brothers Big Sisters celebrated the magic and impact of one-to-one mentoring at it's annual Big Impact Event on June 25th at the Rogalski Center on the campus of St. Ambrose University.  The annual recognition event hosted by Julian Vandervelde presents outstanding stories of dedicated adult volunteers to serve as mentors as well as successful matches within the various platforms and region of the franchise. 

The event took on a unique format this year, with the help of WHBF-CBS4 and it's talented news and production team.  The BBBS Mentor Center set the stage for a fun evening.  A live spinoff of the popular ESPN Sportscenter, BBBS Mentor Center provided a fun, exicting and fast paced format to recognize the organization's accomplishments, share insight into the short and long term impact mentoring has on child development and raised dollars in support of new and ongoing matches within the organization. 

Click here to view the photo gallary from the event.


Event Host and Sideline Reporter: Julian Vandervelde

(former Little Brother and current member of the Philadelphia Eagles)




Steve Long                                                                      Jay Kidwell              


BBBS MENTOR CENTER- a show you don't want to miss!!!

The BBBS Mentor Center will launch on June 25th at the Rogalski Center on the campus of St. Ambrose University.  The event is the organization's annual capstone event to recognize the outstanding impact mentoring has on children, schools, families and our community.  The BBBS Mentor Center is our spinoff of ESPN's SportsCenter.  It includes an achor desk, sideline reporting, and a panel of expert analysis.   

The achor desk will be hosted by Jay Kidwell, sports anchor of CBS4.  Jay will guide participants through the featured stories and highlights of the evening.  Covering the award winners reaction and providing fun and lively color to the event will be our own Julian Vandervelde.  Julian is a former Little Brother himself and now a member of the Philadelphia Eagles professional football team.  Finally, providing expert analysis of the evenings news and events is Steve Long, News Anchor for CBS.  Steve will host the Center Roundtable with indepth and open discussion of the impact of mentoring from parents, and school and community leaders. You will leave the event feeling informed, proud and motivated to help area youth reach thier full potential through mentoring supports.   

Locker Room Reception will begin at 5:30 and include a "meet and greet" with Julian Vandervelde, several of his "football friends", and our BBBS Mentor Center hosts Steve Long and Jay Kidwell. Dinner will be served at 6:30PM, with the program immediately following. 

5:30 PM-  Locker Room Reception

6:30PM- BBBS Mentor Center Buffet Open

7:00PM- BBBS Mentoring Center Live!

Mentor Center News Desk-  CBS Sports Anchor Jay Kidwell will lead the show with feature and latest stories relating to BBBS and our supporters.

Mentor Center Sideline Reporter-  Philadelphia Eagle Julian Vandervelde will provide color and insight of the winners of the eventing awards.

Mentor Center Panel of Experts- CBS news anchor Steve Long and his friends will provide editorial and insight into the impact of mentoring on children, families and our community. 

Sponsor Circle-  throughout the evening, special items will come up for live bid.  Click here to see the list!     

Sponsor Circle Sponsor:


Featured LIVE Auction Items:

Click here to see full auction card of packages.


Orange Beach, Alabama                     Silverthorne, Colorado                              Moline, Illinois

Package Description                             Package Description                                Package Description                 

Donated by: John & Bonnie Leinart              Donated by: Brad & Sandy Foreman                 Donated by: Bass Street Chop House




Featured SILENT Auction Items:

Bear Legends Autograph Football- Sayers, Payton, Ditka, Butkas

Dallas Cowboys Autograph Mini Helmet- Aikman, Irvan, Johnston, Novacek, Stepnoski, Sanders

Iowa Autograph Football- VanderVelde, Daniels, Binns, Gaul

Jay Hilgenberg Autograph Football

Joel Hilgenberg Autograph Football

Jim McMahon Autograph Football

Tony Dorsett Autograph Football

Questions can be directed to Kayla Kiesey at or (563) 323-8006 Ex. 208

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