Big Sister of the Year Sandy Kutzing and Little Sister of the Year Eleanor
Big Sister of the Year Sandy Kutzing and Little Sister of the Year Eleanor

ASBURY PARK, NJ — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal & Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) has named Pete McGuigan of Manasquan and Little Brother Daniel as Community Based Big Brother and Little Brother of the Year, and Sandra Kutzing of Matawan and Little Sister Eleanor as Community Based Big Sister and Little Sister of the Year.

“We are proud to celebrate Pete and Sandra’s dedication to the BBBSCNNJ program, commitment to their matches, and the incredible impact they have had on the lives of their Littles,” said stated William Salcedo, Executive Director. “Pete and Sandra are exemplary role models, the epitome of what mentors can and should be, and excellent ambassadors for Big Brothers Big Sisters.”

Big Brother Pete is not only a Big, but he is also a long-time (11+ years) Governance Board trustee and First Vice President. Furthermore, he has been selected by the Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association of New Jersey (BBBSNJ) to represent the entire state as Big Brother of the Year.

Big Brother of the Year Pete M and Little Brother Daniel
Big Brother of the Year Pete McGuigan and Little Brother Daniel

Pete began his commitment to our mission as a Big Brother to Daniel, who was 6 years old at the time. Over the 12 years that Pete and Daniel have been matched, he’s helped expand Daniel’s world through consistent friendship building activities that explore different interests.

It is through Pete’s compassionate, consistent friendship and support that Daniel’s self-confidence has grown and he’s sought opportunities and independence. Recently Daniel talked about his appreciation for the BBBS program and Pete, commenting, “I wouldn’t be the person I am today without him.”

Daniel is now a senior in high school, volunteers with the local First Aid, and works part-time. Daniel and Pete’s friendship, years of fun, and influential times together exemplify all the good that comes from providing a caring adult in the life of a young person.

Big Sister Sandra and Little Sister Eleanor have been matched for nine years. Since day-one, Sandra has taken the importance of consistency within their friendship very seriously, never once losing touch with Eleanor and her family.

Sandra’s thoughtfulness and caring nature not only shows in the impact she has had on Eleanor, but also in the community work they have engaged in together.  They have volunteered in a few different capacities, most notably to raise $2,700 to provide care packages to staff at a local hospital to show their appreciation for our front-line workers during the pandemic. Through this activity, Eleanor experienced how rewarding it is to give back to one’s community and learned that she could make a difference in the lives around her with good intentions, time, and energy.

Sandra and Eleanor’s friendship is another example of the life-changing impact a mentor can have on a child. Sandy and Eleanor have built a remarkable friendship throughout the years that they know will last a lifetime.

Read more about our Bigs & Littles of the Year at www.mentornj.org/BigsOfTheYear22.

BBBSCNNJ’s mission is more critical than ever as the agency continues to serve over 1,300 children with one-to-one mentoring throughout 10 counties in New Jersey. From emotional support to the joy of having a trusted friend in their corner, Bigs provide the stability that Littles need to achieve their full potential. To learn more about BBBSCNNJ, to become a Big, or make a donation, visit mentornj.org and follow the agency on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


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