A local organization that gives so much to children in Miami was spotlighted for its efforts not just during this unprecedented time but over the course of many years.
Giving is the core of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. The TODAY show’s annual Toy Drive looks a little different due to the pandemic — but in partnership with NBC’s parent company Comcast and with help from NBC 6, Big Brothers Big Sisters received toys and gifts for some 250 families on Tuesday morning.
“It was fantastic,” exclaimed 10-year-old Gissel Paz. “I am so happy. I’m speechless because I didn’t expect the presents would be exactly the same I wanted. [I am] just so surprised and really happy about it.”
Opinion (viewpoint) By Marcus Allen, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (PA) and Gale Nelson, CEO of BBBS of Miami (FL), along with Alicia Guevara, CEO of BBBS of NYC and select BBBS CEOs in cities and towns across America From left to right: Marcus Allen, Gale Nelson, and Alicia Guevara On May 25th, […]
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, along with presenting sponsors Carnival Corporation and Carnival Foundation, and gala co-chairs Gabriela Rachadell de Delgado and Jose Delgado, and Danet Linares and Matt Haggman, hosted the nonprofit youth mentoring organization’s annual fundraiser, ‘The Metamorphosis Gala,’ on Saturday, March 7 at Ice Palace Studios. The hosts and more than […]
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami is closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, and our first priority is the health and comfort of our staff, Littles, and their families. We want to assure you that BBBS of Miami continues its commitment to the well-being of our community. We are focusing our resources on greater attention […]
AVENTURA, FL – January 28, 2020 The iconic Benihana® in North Bay Village / Miami Beach is opening a brand new restaurant on the original site. Located on the 79th Street Causeway between Miami Beach and Biscayne Blvd., the restaurant was a long-time favorite for locals and visitors alike who enjoyed Benihana’s signature Japanese Teppanyaki and sushi menu. On Thursday, January 30th, it officially opens at 11:30 a.m. in a brand new building that offers contemporary styling, expanded space indoors and out, and limitless water and skyline views.
To celebrate the grand opening, Benihana hosted a special lunch for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami on January 26 in honor of January’s National Mentoring Month.
“Maximizing the stunning views was one of our goals for our all-new Benihana,” said Benihana Chief Executive Officer and President, Tom Baldwin. “We also wanted to update our design to couple the unique, modern character of Miami and the traditional atmosphere guests have come to know and love from our Benihana brand.”
Our new Benihana opens just in time for Miami to host the upcoming 54th annual “Big Game” weekend, and boasts nearly 10,000 square feet of dining space that includes 20 teppanyaki tables and an inviting sushi lounge. An exciting new addition is an indoor-outdoor cocktail bar and patio that offers breathtaking views of beautiful Biscayne Bay and neighboring skylines. In total, the new Benihana seats 267 guests — each will have amazing waterfront views – a characteristic that is surprisingly rare among Miami-area restaurants.
“Miami waterfront views are one of the most popular requests among diners,” continued Baldwin. “Our North Bay Village / Miami Beach restaurant is a one-of-a-kind location that not only delivers on spectacular scenery, but also delights guests with our iconic, performing chefs and our delicious, high-quality menu items.”
The restaurant will be open Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Friday until 11 p.m.), Saturday 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Happy Hour is Monday Through Thursday 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Guests may contact the restaurant directly at 305-866-2768 or may make reservations through www.benihana.com. Guests can also enjoy the delicious Japanese cuisine at home, at work, or on the go with Benihana online ordering through their website or by downloading the Benihana app.
“We proudly served Miami and Miami Beach guests for close to 50 years in this location,” finished Baldwin. “We are now proud to unveil a new Benihana to serve for the next 50 years and beyond!”
MIAMI – January 25, 2020 –Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, the premier nonprofit mentoring organization in South Florida, will host its Big appreciation event, “A BIG Night Out” from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Carnival Center for Excellence (550 NW 42nd Ave. Miami, FL 33126). The annual event that honors the adult mentors (called ‘Bigs’) who are paired with a child (called a ‘Little Brother or Little Sister’) will feature a special appearance from Terrill Hanks, a current Miami Dolphins linebacker, and Darrin Smith, a former NFL linebacker and University of Miami football player, who are both former Littles themselves.
Throughout the night, attendees will enjoy passed food and drinks, as well as an award ceremony that recognizes Bigs who are making a lasting impact on the organization. One Big/Little match will receive recognition from the National Football League and NFL Legend, Darrin Smith – the two will be surprised with a pair of tickets to Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2. (The ticket give-away information is under embargo until the actual event.)
“Without our Bigs, we are not able to do what we do here every single day at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami, which is inspiring the youth in our community to reach their full potential,” said Gale Nelson, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami President and CEO. “We’re excited to have former Littles in attendance who can attest to the positive influence that their mentors had on their lives, encouraging them to stay committed to a sport they loved and ultimately making it to the NFL.”
At this moment, there is an urgent need for adult mentors in local communities, especially men.
Date: January 30, 2020
Location: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami
Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and Year Up came together in support of former NFL Linebacker, Darrin Smith’s, The Million Book Read international literacy pledge campaign at a Super Bowl event designed to motivate adults to invest time in reading with children on Thursday, January 30, 2020. Smith’s Project 59 Race for Reading Foundation, which helps children discover their potential and power through reading, established The Million Book Read international literacy campaign as a way to hold adults accountable through a pledge to make reading a necessary activity for all children.
Known as “Mr. Triple Double”, Darren Smith is the only player in the history of the NFL to have earned two Super Bowl Rings, two NCAA National Championships and an MBA.
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PLANTATION, FL– As part of the Miami Dolphins FOOTBALL UNITES™ Bigs in Blue program, Dolphins rookies Chandler Cox, Sam Eguavoen, Terrill Hanks, Montre Hartage, Patrick Laird and Ken Webster as well as T.D. joined the youth of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami and local law enforcement officers to participate in the Dolphins Kids Cook-off presented by Publix on Tuesday, Nov. 12. The group gathered for an evening of fellowship and bonding as they received aprons and a cooking lesson led by Publix Chef Rey De La Osa.
“Having a mentor in my life as a kid growing up to give me positivity to do something in my life helped align myself for greatness and stay out of trouble and now being able to be in a position to give back to them means a lot,” Hanks said. “I definitely want to motivate, encourage and give them confidence because I know for myself being around the right people and mentoring helped me get to where I am today.”
“Publix is proud to host the Miami Dolphins and the Bigs in Blue with their littles for a special night at our Publix Apron’s Cooking School. We look forward to this event every year, it’s a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season and make memories with our community partner,” Publix Media & Community Relations Manager Nicole Krauss said.
The FOOTBALL UNITES™ Bigs in Blue program provides the 2019 Dolphins rookie class with an opportunity to participate in the community as mentors and foster new relationships with law enforcement and youth. This event is part of a season-long initiative with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami. Further events with the rookies and youth will include game day experiences and a mock draft.
”It’s amazing to have the Miami Dolphins through FOOTBALL UNITES™ come up with such a great opportunity for youth, adults, the entire community and different organizations come together to understand and better respect each other giving them the opportunity to see so many different cultures, appreciate each other, love each other and work together as one,” North Miami Police Athletic League Executive Director Lynda Roberts said.
These efforts and initiatives align with the organization’s goal to level the playing field through the power of teamwork to inspire a healthier, more educated and united South Florida community. Dolphins Chairman of the Board & Managing General Partner Stephen Ross and Dolphins players created the FOOTBALL UNITES™ program as a way to bring positive social change. The Miami Dolphins organization believes it is important to be inclusive of the diversity and aware of the intersections that make up South Florida, uniting groups of different races, genders, sexual orientations, identities, abilities and faiths around the power of football.
These programs connect to the NFL’s Inspire Change platform, showcasing the collaborative efforts of players, owners and the league to create positive change in communities across the country and work with RISE – the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality – to eliminate racial discrimination, champion social justice and improve race relations. Information on the FOOTBALL UNITES™ program can be found here. To learn more about RISE, visit here. Fans can join the
conversation with the NFL’S Inspire Change program by clicking here.
CONTACT: Paola Argueta, Dolphins Communications, firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 663-0292
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