Big Brothers Big Sisters Annual Gala


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC) will hold its Annual Gala on Friday, October 20 at Buona Sera Palazzo in Ocean Township from 6:30 ​to ​11​:00 p.m. The 19th Annual Gala “Reach for the Stars” will honor Food Circus Supermarkets, Inc. ​and ​Vice President​ Phil Scaduto and BBBSMMC Board of Trustees member Brian Higgins for their continuous dedication to BBBSMMC and service to the community.

This exciting evening begins with an elegant cocktail reception and silent auction followed by dinner, live music by Remember Jones​,​and dancing. A live auction will feature the opportunity to “Make-A-Match Happen​,​” where attendees can pledge the cost of bringing a child together with a caring, adult mentor and for professional supervision of the match for the first year. In addition, there will be “Bigs” and “Littles” in attendance to greet guests and share their stories about how their mentoring relationship has changed their lives for the better.

“Our agency is grateful to all of our supporters and our honorees Phil Scaduto, Food Circus, and Brian Higgins for their continued commitment and dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters.  Through their generosity,  BBBSMMC is able to sustain and expand our 1:1 mentoring programs and provide caring mentors to more children in Monmouth & Middlesex counties,” said William Salcedo, Executive Director.


​The Gala is a signature event for raising awareness about the need for mentors as well as the need for funds to sustain and expand their programs. Individual ​gala reservations are $250 and 50/50 cash raffle tickets are available for $20 each. To purchase tickets, please call 732-444-3538, email​,​or visit Raffle ticket holders do not have to be present to win.


For the past 41 years, it has been the goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties to make a positive difference in the lives of at-risk children through professionally supported, primarily 1-to-1 mentoring relationships with a caring adult, and to assist the children in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent ​and caring individuals.