The Bellingham/Whatcom Chamber of Commerce & Industry has chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington as its 2011 Nonprofit of the Year.
“This organization does so much for at-risk youth in our community,” chamber President/CEO Ken Oplinger said in a press release. “Big Brothers Big Sisters is committed to providing an adult mentor for every child who needs one.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington was established in Bellingham in 1976. The organization helps children build the attitudes and behaviors needed to stay in school, succeed academically, make healthy choices and create promising futures.
“I am beside myself that we got Nonprofit of the Year. I wish you could be here to see how excited I am and grateful,” Bliss Goldstein, executive director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, said in the news release.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington, along with the Small and Large Businesses of the Year, Green Business of the Year, and the Man and Woman of the Year awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet and Auction Dec. 7 at Lakeway Inn and Conference Center. Auction proceeds will benefit the Whatcom Chamber Foundation and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Washington. For ticket information, contact the chamber at (360) 734-1330.