Club Briefs: Big Brothers/Big Sisters celebrates matches

July 24. 2014 9:08PM

Big Brothers/Big Sisters celebrates matches

MANCHESTER — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Manchester hosted more than 125 “Bigs” and “Littles” and their families at its annual Program Celebration on July 12 at Manchester Community College.

Matches from Manchester, Concord and the surrounding communities shared an afternoon of food and festivities, including Big/Little Olympics and an awards ceremony recognizing the agency’s distinguished community- and site-based matches.

In community-based mentoring:

• The 2014 Rookie Match of the Year was awarded to Big Sister Tara Gesualdo and Little Sister Madison, Big Sister Shannon Davis and Little Sister Kerstyn, Big Sister Julia Doucette and Little Sister Destiny, and Big Sister Sarah Moreau and Little Sister Kendra.

• The 2014 Seasoned Match of the Year was awarded to Big Sister Brenda Bach and Little Brother Kyle, Big Brother Lowell Matthews and Little Brother Shakiye, and Big Brother Nathaniel Grimes and Little Brother Joshua.

In site-based mentoring:

• The 2014 Rookie Match of the Year was awarded to Big Sister Brittany McDonough and Little Sister Lilliana.

• The Match of the Year was awarded to Big Sister Jessica Dexter and Little Sister Taylor.

• The Program Site Liaison of the Year was awarded to Kate Kelly, a social worker from Bakersville School in Manchester.

• The 2014 Distinguished Volunteer of the Year recognition went to Christopher Wellington, BBBSGM board of directors president.

To be a mentor, BBBSGM says, it doesn't take special skills — just the ability to listen and offer friendship, guidance and encouragement to a young person.

To get involved as a Big Brother or Big Sister, a volunteer or a donor, call 669-5365 ext. 201 or email

Manchester woman given Theta Phi Alpha award

Theta Phi Alpha has selected Kathryn Elizabeth Babb of Manchester, a 2014 graduate of Suffolk University, to receive its 2014 Senior Service Award for the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Theta Phi Alpha at Suffolk.

The award is the highest honor the Theta Phi Alpha national fraternity can bestow upon a collegian. The award recognizes a college senior “whose scholarship, leadership, character and service to the fraternity and school has been outstanding during her years as a collegian.”

Theta Phi Alpha is a women’s organization that advances educational, social and philanthropic interests and leadership training; encourages spiritual development and adherence to high moral standards; and promotes lifelong friendships. The fraternity, which is for college and university women and alumnae, has 56 collegiate chapters, 32 alumnae associations and four alumnae clubs in the United States.

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