January 2012

Photo MISSION: Provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

That all children achieve success in life.

Updates from BBBS

January, February and March have been very busy and productive months for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area. We continue to move our Mission forward by serving over 200 children in Danville and Pittsylvania County. We still have children ready to be matched on our waiting list, and are actively seeking Big volunteers. At this time, the majority of the children waiting are young men. If you are a man at least 18 years old, who has been considering becoming a Big, now is the time. The children need you!

As always, we want to express our deep gratitude to our Bigs who are changing the lives of the youth in our community. Thank you to our staff, ever diligent in insuring match sustainability and the safety of our children. Our average match lasts five years!  This is far longer than the national average. We also want to recognize our fine Board of Directors who guides us on our journey with passion and enthusiasm for our cause.

RECAP: Bowl for Kids' Sake

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Thank you, Danville and Pittsylvania County!  Thank you Bigs!  Thank you Sponsors and Donators!  Thank you Teams! 

Thank you Jr. Wednesday Club for Partnering with us! 
Thank you Riverside Lanes for hosting the event!
Thank you GW Athletes for volunteering!
Thank you to everyone who supported Bowl For Kids' Sake!

PhotoBig Brothers Big Sisters major fundraiser, Bowl For Kids' Sake, on March 24 was a huge success, raising almost $35,000 of our $45,000 goal. Why do we need to raise so much money if we are a volunteer organization?  It costs more than $800 a year to sustain one mentoring match. All the money raised stays in our community to support our Big/Little matches. If you were unable to attend, you can still participate by making a donation.  Go to www.biglittledanville.org  for an online donation or send your check payable to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area to 308 Craghead St, Suite 104, Danville 24541. Do it today and help a child!  For questions, call Melanie Vaughan, 434-710-2754

We were also fortunate to have five Third Party events for Bowl for Kids' Sake:


Ruffalo Book Signing - March 3
Richard Ruffalo, master motivator, author, educator, and internationally recognized athlete signed his book, P.E.P: The Seven P's to Positively Enhance Performance at Karen's Hallmark. Twenty percent of all book sales went to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area's Bowl For Kids' Sake fundraiser.
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Fashion Show at Stratford Rehabilitation Center - March 17
This event created by Angela Harris, was a huge success and raised over $1,200 for the Stratford Rehab BFKS Team.
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Gretna Theatre Family Movie Night - March 20
The Gretna Theatre showed a great family movie, The Sandlot, including popcorn and a drink for $5. All ticket sales went to Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl For Kids' Sake.
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Ladies Night Out - March 22
Karen's Hallmark hosted a Ladies Night Out featuring a variety of vendors. BBBS Bowl For Kid's Sake was the designated non-profit. We had a table and each vendor contributed to our event.


Sports Memorabilia Auction
Outback Steakhouse held an auction of Virginia Tech sports memorabilia donated by Pat Daly. Jimmy Russell, the Managing Partner and BBBS Board member, brought several items to Bowl For Kids' Sake and the bidding was fierce. We received a check for $1,400.


Other Events & Activities


Evening with Ben David Jewelers
On January 9th, 13 girls in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area program were accompanied by The Jr. Wednesday Club to a fantastic and glittering evening at Ben David Jewelers.
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"What Does it Mean to be a Big"
This was presented on January 24. Pat Daniel, Program Director was the speaker for the training. Twenty-three volunteers attended the event.


Super Bowl Party
On January 31, The Willing Servants of Mount Hermon Baptist Church held a Super Bowl Party game night for BBBS "Littles" at the church. Twelve children enjoyed the games they played and prizes won. The pizza dinner was a big hit.


Basketball Game
The Cherrystone Baptist Association-Men's Division took thirteen male Littles to an Averett Men's Basketball Game on February 6. They had a great time cheering our Averett team to victory against VA University at Lynchburg.


Pizza Workshop
Dell Anno's Pizza hosted thirteen girl Littles sponsored by the Jr. Wednesday Club on February 13. They had a terrific evening learning how to make pizza in the Del Anno's Pizza Workshop and then enjoying eating their workshop project.


Gym Day
Gym Day, on February 21, was a huge success. Sponsored by The Willing Servants Sunday School Class of Mt., Hermon Baptist Church and hosting at a private residence, thirteen boys and girls had a "ball" playing basketball, kickball and ring toss. A variety of refreshments were provided and a good time was had by all.


Nail Spa Day
The Jr. Wednesday Club hosted a Nail Spa Day on February 21. Thirteen girls enjoyed being pampered and dining on pizza.


On March 30, thirteen of our Littles attended an event at Skate Town. The members of the Willing Servants Sunday School sponsored the event and refreshments.


Jack and the Beanstalk
Jack and the Beanstalk was presented at Bonner Middle School on March 23. Five of our male Littles attended. Each child received an age appropriate book to take home from the Title One Program of DPS.


Bowl for Kids' Sake
We were so pleased to transport eleven of our boy and girl Littles to Bowl For Kids' Sake on March 24 at Riverside Lanes. They had a great time bowling with athletes from George Washington High School, in their football jerseys. The Junior Wednesday Club helped chaperone and provided additional activities for the children such as face painting, nail art and removable tattoos.


Reading Program
The Reading Program at AKA House continues to meet every Thursday on the month at 4:00pm. The volunteers provide homework assistance, tutoring and snacks. It is always a lively group with at least a dozen children participating.


Political Awareness
Your staff is continually working to improve benefits to our agency and raise awareness in the political arena. John Gilstrap, Executive Director and Pat Daniel, Program Director, attended the Legislative Breakfast at the General Assembly on Monday, January 30. Making contact with Delegate Danny Marshall, Delegate Don Merricks and Senator Bill Stanley was very helpful is moving our Mission forward. The State Association was pleased with the event and will hold it again in 2013.

More events and photos »

Save the Date!

Mark your calendar for these upcoming events:


Tuesday, April 24 - Hill Harper
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area invites Bigs to bring their Littles to visit with Hill Harper, best known for the role of coroner turned crime scene investigator Dr. Sheldon Hawkes on the CBS crime drama CSI: NY. Read More



Saturday, May 5 - Community Auction, Dinner and Dance
The purpose of this event is to provide local non-profit organizations a major event for fellowship, fun and a greater opportunity to raise funds for projects that will benefit the community. Includes raffle, silent and live auctions, dinner, music, dance, and a cash bar. Read More


Friday, November 9 - Big Night Out
Stay tuned for details about this exciting event!

Stay tuned on our website on the Events page and on Facebook and Twitter.

News from Bigs


Big Kelvin Perry:
"We are having a blast. We have dinner at least twice a month and we have an ongoing one on one basketball challenge. My little is now BIG (That is what a growth spurt will do for you) so we plan to exercise together and he want to learn how to swim. We have had great 'talk time' and we plan to take a train for a day trip to Washington DC. Interesting my little looks at the news and is knowledgeable of current events. When we went to Wendy's the last time, he told me about 'Pink Slime;' asked how did he know, he said he saw it while watching the news. More importantly we talked the Trayvonn Martin case and shared on how he felt about the entire matter. Great dialogue."

Big TiJuana Harris:
PhotoScience Project
"Last month, I helped my little Quinasia Hairston to complete a science project. We conducted an experiment to test the “wet strength” of three different brands of paper towels (Brawny, Bounty, and Sparkle). For our experiment, we measured the number of quarters that a wet paper towel could hold before tearing. Quinasia assumed that Bounty was the strongest brand of paper towels because it was the most expensive. PhotoHer hypothesis was proven correct as Bounty held more quarters than Brawny and Sparkle."

Easter Egg Hunt
"On Friday, April 6, 2012, Quinasia and I participated in a Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt at Coates Recreation Center. We had a lot of fun as neither one of us had ever searched for eggs in the dark before."

Other News


Bigs and Littles of the Month
We are pleased to share the Big and Little for months of January, February and March:

Big: Goldia Logan
Little: Ka'Miya McClary

Big: Mario Huffman
Little: Brione Towler

Big: Vicki Robertson
Little: Bianca De Graffenreidt

Read more about each of
these special Bigs and
Littles above!


Youth Athletic Games
Danville Area Law Enforcement and The Boys and Girls Club present the First Annual Youth Athletic Games!

WHO: All youth Ages 5-17 (Five age categories for each gender)

WHAT: Five Competitions (100 yard dash, football throw, field goal kick, free throw contest, and jump rope for time.)

WHEN: Saturday, May 12, 2012; 9:00AM-1:00pm

WHERE: The Boys and Girls Club; 123 Foster St, Danville

WHY: To Provide Area Youth a Positive, Character Building Experience With Law Enforcement
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Our Staff:
John Gilstrap, Executive Director
Pat Daniel, Program Director
Shirley Barksdale, Match Specialist
Erika Culley, Match Specialist
Melanie Vaughan, Special Event Coordinator

Contact Us:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area
308 Craghead Street, Suite 104
Danville, VA  24541
E-mail: bbbs@dancom.com
Phone: (434) 792-3700

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