Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors W&J’s Amanda Gunther

WASHINGTON, PA (Jan. 14, 2013)—Amanda Gunther, assistant director of new student programs at Washington & Jefferson College (W&J), has been named Big Brothers Big Sisters’ (BBBS) Washington County Advisory Board Member of the Year.

Gunther was recognized at the City of Pittsburgh’s recent BBBS Day, honoring the organization’s Third Annual Celebrate Coalitions Event. Gunther has worked with the BBBS as a part of its Washington County Advisory Board for the past three years. She helps plan local events for the organization, including the holiday party at W&J; participates in fundraising efforts such as the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake event, BBBS’ biggest fundraiser of the year; and helps spread awareness in the community to recruit “bigs” and “littles” to participate in BBBS’s mentoring program.

“It’s a great organization and I’m proud of the work they’ve done in our community. When you attend events like our holiday party and see the faces of the children light up as they hang out with their ‘bigs,’ it’s a huge reminder of why the work we do is so important,” Gunther said. “The relationships these children have with their ‘bigs’ has such a big impact on their lives. They build memories together that last a lifetime. Knowing that the work I do behind the scenes with the advisory board can help foster those bonds and create opportunities for more children to get involved in the organization and have that strong mentoring relationship is incredibly rewarding.”

Gunther added, “I am very honored to be recognized for my contributions to the Washington County Advisory Board. I very much look forward to continuing my work with the organization for many years to come. It has been an incredibly rewarding experience for me.”

Other BBBS 2012 honorees include J.J. Richardson, Male Recruitment Advisory Board Member of the Year; Trisha Hyatt, Big Speakers Bureau Member of the Year; and Mike Rethage-Young, Professional Outreach Board Member of the Year.

The Pittsburgh Power and Riverset Credit Union were recognized as Community Partners of the Year at the event. Guest speakers included Allegheny County Controller Chelsa Wagner; County Councilman Matt Drozd; City Councilman Bruce Kraus; City Councilman Bill Peduto; City of Pittsburgh Youth Policy Manager Olivia Benson; Captain Glenn Mallia; Megan Turak, with a special Presidential service presentation; and a proclamation from Pennsylvania House Majority Leader Mike Turzai congratulating the BBBS program on its National Agency of the Award.