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Jay Leno: Comedian gets on stage for charity show at Purchase College

Jay Leno spoke to two other people on stage in front of an empty theater at Purchase College a little more than an hour before showtime. 

The former host of "The Tonight Show" was unassuming in jeans, sneakers and an open jean button-down shirt over a t-shirt. 

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Over the next hour, he changed into a suit and tie and got ready to headline The Really Big Show Saturday night, a variety show-style fundraiser event for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester. 

Before it started, Leno met with reporters and had a sneakers-and-jeans type of conversation where he shied away from taking credit, cracked some jokes and talked about a couple of places he loved in Westchester County.

"There's not a lot of money for kinds of things like this, so it's up to private people to help out when they can," Leno said. "It's a terrific organization, and you don't really see the fruits of it until 20 or 30 years later when someone says, 'I got to go to this college because of something you did or program you set up,' so that's what makes you feel good."

And "it's a little silly and you feel a little embarrassed when people say thank you so much (for doing the show)," Leno said. "I'm not really the one doing the hard work. I'm just telling jokes." 
 

 Choral Pleasure sing at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, before The Really Big Show for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester, Nov. 4, 2017.  (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Choral Pleasure sing at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, before The Really Big Show for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester, Nov. 4, 2017.  (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Leno, who lived on Leland Avenue in New Rochelle until he was 9 years old, said he visited a local market on Boston Post Road, the Green Tree Country Club, which one of his uncles owned, and Trinity Elementary School, where he attended school. 

And he and his family frequently ate at Giovanni's Italian Restaurant in New Rochelle.

"When you're nine, you really don't go more than a couple hundred yards from the house," Leno joked, "But there used to be a restaurant called Giovanni's. Bambi was playing across the street at the theater somewhere in New Rochelle. We used to go there all the time." 

When asked if he comes back to New Rochelle, he said, "I came back about 20 years ago for a couple of days, but most of the family moved to Florida."

He paused for a second.

"Because, you know, that's what you have to do when you get to live to be a certain age and live in Westchester," he said, "So there's not a lot of reasons to be here other than the nostalgia."

 Star Wars characters pose for photos with guests at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, before The Really Big Show for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester, Nov. 4, 2017.  (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

Star Wars characters pose for photos with guests at the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, before The Really Big Show for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester, Nov. 4, 2017.  (Photo: Mark Vergari/The Journal News)

The third annual Really Big Show, which was sponsored by Morgan Stanley and The Journal News/lohud.com, raised money and brought attention to Big Brothers Big Sisters, a mentor program in Westchester that serves vulnerable youth. 

Roger McDaniel, chair adviser for the program, said the money goes towards developing mentors and said they're looking especially for male mentors to join the program because there's a back log of boys who need them.

"We're very proud of Big Brothers Big Sisters," McDaniel said. "The real value is seeing that the program does work."

 

 

Morgan Stanley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester Present: The Really Big Show

Media Contacts: Val Brown (917.224.5856)/Carmen Stevens (914.305.6876)

TheReallyBigShow2016@gmail.com

Port Chester, NY (October 2, 2017) — Morgan Stanley is partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester to host The Really Big Show, a charitable fundraiser and variety show in the tradition of the Ed Sullivan Show. This great night of entertainment will take place on November 4, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. at The Performing Arts Center at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase NY.

Headlining this year’s event will be actor and comedian, Jay Leno, with an additional guest performance by Broadway star, and two-time Tony Award nominee, Norm Lewis. Joining Leno and Lewis will be singers, songwriters, ensembles and more, with former New York Giants Running Back Tiki Barber, serving as emcee. At The Really Big Show, all artists exemplify the power of mentoring today’s youth for tomorrow’s success. (Click To Tweet)

Sponsorships for the event are available with levels ranging from $350 to $75,000 allowing corporations and individuals to publicly show support for the mentorship programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester. Corporate sponsor logos will be featured on all event related materials, as well as the Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW website. Check out the Really Big Show’s Facebook page to see more details on sponsoring this event.

"The Really Big show is an unforgettable evening of music and entertainment that reminds all of us about the importance of community and how vital it is for us to give back. (Click To Tweet) Our first show at the Capitol Theatre was an incredible success and we couldn't be more thrilled to be delivering such an exciting show at the Performing Arts Center in Purchase,” said Richard Franchella, Managing Director—Wealth Management and Manager of Morgan Stanley’s Central and Eastern Pennsylvania Complex.

Individual tickets for the show can also be purchased starting at $150 per person. Interested parties may order online or call 914.251.6200 but shouldn’t hesitate in order to secure the best seats for the show.

“The Really Big Show is a ‘must attend’ of the fall event season,” stated Val Brown, BBBS Executive Director. “The performers give their all for our kids, matching the commitment of our mentors, our sponsors and our honoree, Mandell Crawley of Morgan Stanley. Don’t miss it!”

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Family Services of Westchester (FSW) is a non-profit organization operating in Westchester County, NY since 1954. With over 50 innovative programs, FSW provides mental health and social services that strengthen and support families, children, and individuals in every stage of the life cycle. Learn more about FSW here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a youth mentoring program operated under the umbrella of FSW. Since 1958, its mission has been to help children realize and reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships. Operated under the Big/Little model, matching adult volunteers (Bigs) with children (Littles), meaningful and enduring relationships have proven to positively impact youth throughout their lives. Learn more about BBBS here.

Media Contacts:
Val Brown (917.224.5856)
Carmen Stevens (914.305.6876)
TheReallyBigShow2016@gmail.com

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Big Brothers Big Sisters receives Earth Day 2017 Recycling Award from Westchester County

 Laura LoBreglio of BBBS of FSW receives Westchester County’s Reuse and Recycle Award from Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett (L) and Department of Environmental Facilities Commissioner Thomas Lauro (R) at the Earth Day ceremonies May 13, 2017, at Kensico Dam.

Laura LoBreglio of BBBS of FSW receives Westchester County’s Reuse and Recycle Award from Deputy County Executive Kevin Plunkett (L) and Department of Environmental Facilities Commissioner Thomas Lauro (R) at the Earth Day ceremonies May 13, 2017, at Kensico Dam.


Bronxville, NY: May 13, 2017 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester (FSW) was honored Saturday with Westchester County’s Earth Day Award for collecting materials throughout Westchester for reuse or recycling. The 2017 Reuse and Recycling Award was presented by Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino as part of the County’s annual Earth Day celebration at the Kensico Dam.

“Congratulations to the Family Services of Westchester and their Big Brothers Big Sisters of Westchester program on this great accomplishment,” said Westchester County Executive Robert P. Astorino. “Family Services of Westchester continues to set a great example by going above and beyond to make our community a better place to live.”

“We are grateful to County Executive Rob Astorino and the County of Westchester for this honor and for recognition of our efforts,” said BBBS Program Executive Director Valerie Brown. “The principals of recycling, renewal and environmental preservation are an important message to instill in our youth and the wider community alike.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW shared the County’s 2017 Earth Day recycling award with fellow honorees Good Will and Furniture Sharehouse.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester is a youth mentoring organization, providing at-risk children aged 7-17 throughout Westchester County with strong, positive and enduring one-to-one relationships that help them realize and reach their potential. Our one-to-one mentoring model matches adult volunteers (our “Bigs”) with children (our “Littles”) and has proven to positively change our Littles’ lives by developing stronger educational, emotional, and social well-being. Our Littles are 52% less likely to skip a day of school and 46% less likely to start using illegal substances than their peers who are not in the program. We are proud to say all of our Littles have graduated high school this year and are moving on to college and post-secondary vocational opportunities! To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit www.bigswestchester.org or contact Valerie Brown (914) 937-3779 or vbrown@fsw.org.


Happy Holidays! 

RYE, NY — December 17, 2016 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester hosted their annual holiday party at Rye Country Day School. It was a wonderful day for the children and families to spend time together playing games, dancing, receiving tarot card readings, and participating in arts and crafts. 

Thank you so much to the many donors who made the holiday season extra special by donating gifts for all the children in our program. 

Gina Kowalski and the Heart of the Hudson Daisy Scouts
Hillside Elementary in Hastings-on-Hudson
Jaena Mebane
JFM Group
Leandra Ross and the Heart of the Hudson Girl Scouts
Morgan Stanley - Purchase
Reggie and the Equinox Gym and Café - Scarsdale
The Bausman Family
The Staff at Hillside Elementary School

MBIA – thank you for helping wrap hundreds of gifts for the children!


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW) Announces Partnership with Museum 25 public school in Yonkers

PORT CHESTER, NY — March 5, 2016 — Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Family Services of Westchester (FSW) announces a new partnership with Museum 25 public school in Yonkers. Thanks to the generosity of the Vera and Walter Scherr and Carvel Foundations in creating and sustaining this school-based academic enrichment program, the program began on Tuesday, February 23. As in the BBBS model, students were matched with one-on-one mentors from Mercy College and participate in academic and cultural enrichment. Parents are given the opportunity to participate in parent education evenings throughout the school year.

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Valerie Brown Joins Family Services of Westchester as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of FSW

FSW is pleased to announce the appointment of Valerie Brown as Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of FSW. Ms. Brown is a College and Career Counselor who has been in private practice for over 20 years. She has extensive corporate employment experience before holding numerous volunteer leadership roles with a focus on youth counseling, mentoring, college and career guidance. She is deeply committed to the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, having served for over 14 years on the Board of Trustees for BBBS New York City, most recently holding the position of Vice President of the Executive Committee. Ms. Brown was responsible for creating the New York City affiliate’s summer program for inner city youth, which provides career and college guidance, direction and skills preparation; conducted a three-year branding study for the group; and chaired numerous fundraising events. In addition to her work with BBBS NYC, Ms. Brown currently serves on the National Board of Family Equality Council. In the past, she has served on the Board of the School of the Holy Child in Rye, Young Audiences, Ronald McDonald House and other school boards in California and Washington.

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Chuck E. Cheese’s Donate $100,000 to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in Support of Yearlong Partnership

IRVING, Texas (June 30, 2015) – CEC Entertainment, Inc. today announced a $100,000 donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters, in support of their yearlong partnership. The donation will help Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country continue to raise awareness about the need for volunteers and support the matching process for the more than 30,000 Littles still in need of a Big.

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Look What You've Started

NBC’s recent 4thannual Education Nation took the opportunity to place some focus on looking at how mentoring can work to improve overall performance and achievement for young people in the classroom. During the session titled “What It Takes: All of Us,” a group of panelists moderated by Kate Snow, a Big Brothers Big Sisters National Board Member, discussed the role that mentors play in the lives of children and young people, and the kind of impact they can have.

The purpose behind NBC’s Education Nation summits is to bring about debate and informed discussion in an attempt to bring solution and change to education in the United States. Influential leaders from various fields gather to participate in discussion on several topics related to education and the future for young people. 

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