• CBSBB Salutes Jessica Castillo


    Jessica Castillo and her family have been connected with our agency for over three years.She was matched with a Big Sister in 2012, but the match closed after a year and a half due to the Big’s relocation to the west coast.Jessica is now in her third year at St. John’s University where she is a pre-med candidate, majoring in Biology, and receiving CBSBB’s Kathryn T. Riley Scholarship. Jessica has all the qualities of a future superstar: she is smart, enthusiastic, hardworking, and goal oriented. Jessica is the middle child of three and the first in her family to attend college.

    In preparation for her long-term goal of becoming a doctor working with vulnerable populations, she will be volunteering this summer with the Brooklyn Free Clinic, a student run organization out of SUNY Downstate that provides free healthcare to the uninsured in Brooklyn. With the support of CBSBB Board and Leadership Council members, this May she will also be participating in service trip to Panama with a group of medical students through Global Brigades, an international nonprofit bringing sustainable medical development expertise and supplies to under resourced communities.

    While in Panama, Jessica will be working alongside local and international doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dentists, translators, and members of the Global Brigades team. Jessica wrote that, “This is an amazing opportunity as I will be taking vitals and patient history in triage, shadowing licensed doctors in medical consultations, and assisting in a pharmacy under a licensed pharmacist.” Jessica’s ultimate goal is to be a doctor. She says that she’d “love to make a difference in this world, and why not start by doing something I’m incredibly passionate about.”

  • Annual Gala Dinner Dance 2015


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  • Annual Gala Dinner Dance 2015 Honorees

    The Board of Directors of CBSBB is pleased and honored to award the Edgar Legaspi Family the 2015 Humanitarian Award. In 2013 Edgar and his children Edgar Jr, Camilla, Anders and Isabella founded The Gabriela Legaspi Foundation to continue their mother’s work to provide educational opportunities for the poor, particularly new immigrants, whose quality of life in New York was diminished. A Mexican immigrant herself, Gabriella saw a disconnect between successful immigrant professionals working on Wall Street and struggling immigrant workers without opportunities: both had come to New York for the sole purpose of working and providing for their families. For many years Gabriela worked to raise money to fund educational initiatives which would give poor immigrant families an opportunity to improve their quality of life. Gabriella’s work also put a spotlight on the all too frequent abuse of immigrant laborers. After Gabriella’s death in 2012 from breast cancer, her family and friends created the Foundation to continue this important work.

    Cathy Callender will receive the Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brother’s Distinguished Service Award in recognition of her dedication to helping youth develop into responsible, caring and independent adults. In her role as Director of Development at the Marymount School of New York, Cathy has been a guardian angel for hundreds of girls. In her many years of service as a CBSBB board member, Cathy has helped grow the organization- from fundraising to strategic planning to connecting us with individuals who share our mission. Through CBSBB, Cathy has served as a behind-the-scenes guardian angel for hundreds more youth, empowering them to recognize, reach for and achieve their full potential as self-sufficient adults. It is our great honor to present Cathy with the Distinguished Service Award.

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