250 “Littles” and Their Families Attend BBBS Holiday Party

Eric Zeidler of NY Wild and his friendly alligator entertain the children at the BBBS Holiday Party

Marsha Tom sure knows how to throw a party! The Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester (BBBS of FSW) recruited staff members and friends to decorate every wall of the cavernous Senior Citizens Center Armory on Fifth Avenue with blown-up Charlie Brown characters and holiday figures. Marsha had a songbook printed and singalong groups designated for the famous holiday song, “Twelve Days of Christmas.” Her good friend Maria Caraballo, owner of Maria’s cuisine in Mount Vernon, catered the affair, and the Fleetwood Pastry Shop provided a very large sheet cake. Marsha also invited some special guests, including Mount Vernon Mayor Ernest Davis and NY State Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson. To the delight of many of the 250 guests in attendance, Eric Zeidler of NY Wild brought his friendly alligator along. Big Brothers Big Sisters Advisory Board members Deborah Boillot, Lucy Kourides and Mara Steiner were on hand as were numerous employees from Family Services of Westchester, including Lynn Green, Vice President of Development, James Kaufman, Vice President of Programs, Gerry Goldberg, Director of Volunteers and Development Outreach, Sheila Springette, Director of Finance, Christy Zhao, Accounting Associate, and Kamla Deoki, Senior Family Specialist of Therapeutic Foster Care.

“Marsha is incredible. She works tirelessly to make sure every event and activity is well-planed and lots of fun for the Littles and their mentors and families,” notes Lynn Green, VP of Development. “We are so grateful for the time and dedication of all our mentors in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. We can see first-hand the positive influences they are in the lives of their Littles.”

BBBS of FSW was established in 1958 and currently serves more than 200 children in traditional community matches and in school-based and corporate initiatives. BBBS operates out of five offices throughout the county in Port Chester, Mount Vernon, Yonkers, White Plains and Sleepy Hollow. Each match costs $2,300 in administrative costs to oversee and implement. To learn more about becoming a mentor, providing corporate sponsorship or making a donation, contact Marsha Tom at mtom@fsw.org.