Jamie Foxx Recounts the Role of His Mentors During Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Annual Awards Gala Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal - KWES NewsWest 9 / Midland, Odessa, Big Spring, TX: newswest9.com |

Jamie Foxx Recounts the Role of His Mentors During Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's Annual Awards Gala Sponsored by Comcast NBCUniversal

Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. WorldNow and this Station make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. If you have any questions or comments about this page please contact pressreleases@worldnow.com.

SOURCE Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

CHICAGO, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On June 17th at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, Illinois, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognized the generosity of its corporate and individual partners at its annual awards gala with special guest, Academy and Grammy Award winner, Jamie Foxx.  Foxx shared a moving personal story about being encouraged by his grandmother to learn to play the piano as a means of seeing the world outside of his hometown of Terrell, Texas. Foxx also reaffirmed his commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters and to the cause of mentoring children who face adversity. He thrilled the audience with an impromptu singing performance with event emcee, NBC journalist and correspondent, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Board Member Kate Snow.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America presented Foxx with its Common Good Award, which is given to a partner who provides an investment of services to benefit the common good of the organization and brand as a whole. Since 2012, Foxx has been Big Brothers Big Sisters of America's national spokesperson. In addition, Foxx regularly hosts "Littles" at his home and, earlier this year, helped to launch the BE AMAZING! campaign.

The gala culminated with the presentation of the Big Brother of the Year and Big Sister of the Year awards, which were given to Tom Fascia of Randolph, New Jersey, and Dakotah Taylor of Bennington, Nebraska, respectively.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children ("Littles") with screened volunteer mentors ("Bigs") and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity, often those of single or low-income households or families where a parent is incarcerated or serving in the military, with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 110 year history. With nearly 340 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and 200,000 volunteer mentors. Learn more at www.BigBrothersBigSisters.org

For More Information Contact:
Sarah Haney
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
469-351-3147
Sarah.Haney@bbbs.org

©2012 PR Newswire. All Rights Reserved.

  • Local HeadlinesMore>>

  • Video Purports to Show Beheading of U.S. Journalist

    Video Purports to Show Beheading of U.S. Journalist

    An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.
    An Internet video purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State group. Sotloff, who freelanced for Time and Foreign Policy magazines, had last been seen in Syrian in August 2013 until he appeared in a video released online last month by the Islamic State group that showed the beheading of fellow American journalist James Foley.
  • Justice Department: Texas Voter ID Law Discriminatory

    Justice Department: Texas Voter ID Law Discriminatory

    A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down.
    A Justice Department lawyer has told a federal judge that a tough new Texas voter ID law was motivated by racial discrimination and should be struck down.
  • Crane Resident Celebrating 102nd Birthday

    Crane Resident Celebrating 102nd Birthday

    A Crane woman is celebrating a big milestone on Tuesday. She's turning 102-years-old. She said the secret to living a long life is a lot easier than you might think.
    A Crane woman is celebrating a big milestone on Tuesday. She's turning 102-years-old. She said the secret to living a long life is a lot easier than you might think.