Click image below for video: 2017 Community-based Match of the Year – Al Jamir and Baylee
Click image below for video: 2017 Site-Based Match of the Year – Don Gustafson and Ethan
Click image below for video: Little Brother Nick Remembers His Big, Paul J. Schierl
Outstanding Support, Commitment Recognized with Awards
GREEN BAY, Wis. (May 2, 2018) — Each year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin honors top supporters and individual volunteers who make significant contributions to help the organization serve children facing adversity through mentorship. During its 46th Annual Appreciation Banquet in April, the organization recognized:
Big Brother Al Jamir and Little Brother Baylee with Community-based Match of the Year;
Big Brother Don Gustafson and Little Brother Ethan with Site-based Match of the Year;
Nicolet National Bank with the President’s award;
Steven Maricque with the Marie Krohn Award recognizing an outstanding member of the Board of Directors;
and Tom Lehrer with the Paul J. Schierl Award recognizing an outstanding volunteer.
“All of these award recipients gave something precious: Their time,” says Katie Hess, executive director. “We are honored to have partners who are passionate about the life-changing impact mentoring has on our Bigs and Littles.”
Big Brother Al Jamir and Little Brother Baylee were not only awarded the Community-based Match of the Year Award, but Jamir also was named Wisconsin’s Big Brother of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the state. A loss of eyesight at age 2 proved to be a minor setback for Baylee, who with Jamir as a motivating force, has excelled in academics and stretched boundaries with exceptional experiences.
“There are certain things we can do and there are certain things that we can’t because of his loss of sight. But he’s never used his loss of sight as an excuse, and what an amazing, amazing trait,” Jamir says. “By being associated with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I think it helps me to be a better community servant, to help others, to pay it forward.”
Jamir also has been nominated on the national level as Big Brother of the Year. The award will be presented in June at the Big Brothers Big Sisters National Conference.
Matched for four years, Big Brother Don Gustafson and Little Brother Ethan were recognized with the Site-based Match of the Year award for their commitment to the match. Despite challenges along the way, Gustafson continues to be a consistent resource and friend to Ethan through their meetings at Sunrise Elementary School in Sturgeon Bay.
Nicolet National Bank received the President’s Award for its consistent and growing support of financial resources over the years, as well as employees’ volunteerism — and frequent efforts that go above and beyond — as Bigs and board/committee members.
Steven Maricque, a member of the Board of Directors and Big Brother, was recognized as an outstanding advocate and supporter of the organization. Maricque, president of the Bellin Health Foundation, also has helped to recruit dozens of Bigs throughout the community.
A volunteer for more than 10 years, Tom Lehrer was recognized for his commitment to the organization serving not only as a Big Brother, but also for efforts to recruit volunteers throughout the community, raise money — especially through the Bowl For Kids’ Sake event — and build a series of networking events for current Bigs.
Fox Communities Credit Union, Fort Howard Elementary School and Door County Medical Center were recognized with individual Partnership Awards for their outstanding efforts to support the organization.
Organizations and individuals who received the President’s Gold Circle Award include:
All Community Events / Hot Cider Hustle
Community First Credit Union
Wendell and Shanna Ellsworth
Festival Foods / The Marq
Fox Communities Credit Union
Green Bay Packaging Inc.
Green Bay Packers Give Back
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Screamin’ Head Buzz
Organizations and individuals who received the President’s Silver Circle Award include:
American Foods Group
Aurora BayCare Medical Center
Bank First National
BMO Harris Bank
Patti and Ken Ciak
De Pere Christian Outreach
Forsite Benefits /
Move Greater Green Bay
Larry and Debra Frazier
Brad and Mandy Nycz
As an agency recognized with a national 2017 Quality Award, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin served a record high 602 children in Brown, Door and Shawano counties and exceeded national standards for match support and fundraising.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin is the premier youth mentoring organization serving Brown, Door and Shawano counties, recognized nationally for quality in 2017. Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally-supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Founded in 1972, we are a 100 percent donor and volunteer supported nonprofit organization.
Joy Wick, Marketing and Communications Director