100 Women in Hedge Funds 2010 New York Gala

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County Workplace Mentoring Program Chosen Beneficiary of 100 Women in Hedge Funds 2010 New York Gala

Program Expected to Create Mentoring Opportunities for 25 Children

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, November 16, 2010 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is a selected beneficiary of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ 2010 annual New York Gala. The support will be used to expand the mentoring organization’s workplace mentoring program and establish the 100 Women in Hedge Funds Beyond School Wallssm program, creating workplace mentoring opportunities for approximately 25 local children in need.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County is one of 16 of the national mentoring organization’s nearly 400 mentoring agencies chosen to receive support from 100 Women in Hedge Funds to build its workplace mentoring programs. Programs such as Beyond School Wallssm, which was pioneered at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania, match and support mentors and mentees through workplace partnerships and provide opportunities for Big Brothers Big Sisters to expand its reach to more children and volunteers.

“The generosity of 100 Women in Hedge Funds will allow us to significantly expand workplace mentoring programs, which are proven to help children of single, low-income, and incarcerated parents to achieve in and out of school,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of America President and CEO Karen J. Mathis. “We will leverage learnings from our successful Beyond School Walls and other workplace mentoring programs in place throughout our network and serve 1,000 additional children.”

Each year 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ Board of Directors selects one or two organizations that focus on women’s health, mentoring, or education to receive its annual charitable contribution.. Big Brothers Big Sisters was also named beneficiary of the organization’s 2004 Gala, which raised $2.4 million. The funds enabled the mentoring organization to strengthen school-based mentoring programs, provide capacity building investments and roll out its proprietary Agency Information Management technology.

“It is an honor and a thrill for 100 Women in Hedge Funds to support a highly effective organization such as Big Brothers Big Sisters again,” said Lauren Malafronte, Managing Director, Barclays Capital, and board member of 100 Women in Hedge Funds. Ms. Malafronte continued: “Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission to provide mentors to children in need is perfectly in line with ours and we are happy to partner with them.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ supporters and others interested in sponsorships and tables for the November 17, 2010 Gala at Cipriani 42nd Street should contact event chair Martha Dabagian at gala@100womeninhedgefunds.org. Those who are not able to participate in the event but would like to show their support of 100 Women in Hedge Funds’ commitment to youth and Big Brothers Big Sisters, can also contribute by visiting their website at http://www.100womeninhedgefunds.org/pages/gala_2010.php.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters
For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in single-parent and low-income families or households where a parent is incarcerated. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”).

Big Brothers Big Sisters provides a system of ongoing evaluation and support that is proven by independent studies to help families by improving the odds that “Littles” will perform better in school and avoid violence and illegal activities, and have stronger relationships with their parents and others. Headquartered in Philadelphia with a network of nearly 400 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves nearly 255,000 children. Learn how you can positively impact a child’s life, donate, or volunteer at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.