Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona (BBBSAZ) honored its Payson Big Brother and Big Sister volunteers during the annual Big Event held at the Chaparral Pines Golf Club Wednesday, May 7.
More than 116 event sponsors, school administrators, volunteers, Little Brothers and Sisters, parents and guardians, advisory board members and staff enjoyed dinner and a program which named the agency's Bigs of the Year.
Breanne Davis was named High School Big of the Year. Davis mentored her Little Brother at his school through BBBSAZ's Site-based program. She became a mentor because she wanted to pass along the love and support she had been given by others when she was a child.
With Davis' help and guidance, her Little Brother continued to do a good job in school, and became much more respectful and optimistic in his perspective on life.
Tammy Miotto was named Big Sister of the Year. Miotto became a Big Sister almost two years ago because she believes that it's important to give back to the community, and that the reward comes to her, as much or more so, than to the child. Miotto meets regularly with her Little Sister Brittany, and goes above and beyond the program standards.
Miotto teaches Brittany the importance of school, reinforces the importance of good behavior and a good attitude. Miotto has worked with her Little Sister's mother to help her grow and succeed. Brittany's mother feels that Miotto, through Big Brothers Big Sisters, has been the single greatest gift that has been given to her daughter.
Ron Sadlier was named Big Brother of the Year. Sadlier has been a Big Brother for almost a year and a half and worked with children for 50 years as a music educator.
His dedication and generosity of time has allowed his Little Brother to improve his academic standing from a 1.8 GPA in the first quarter, to a 3.0 during the third quarter.
His Little Brother's citizenship grades have also gone from "Needs Improvement" to "Outstanding."