Performers big and little will take to the stage for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham’s sixth annual “A Night of Big Stars” Aug. 5 at UAB’s Alys Stephens Center.
“This is an event that we really get excited about. It’s heartwarming to see our Littles pour so much energy into the production. It’s a great oppor- tunity for these children to shine in the spotlight and really tap into their talents,” said Sue Johnson, CEO of Birmingham’s BBBS.
In partnership with ArtPlay, the center’s arts educa- tion outreach program, Littles of the BBBS will take part in an onstage production that showcases talents such as dancing, singing and acting. American Idol winner Taylor Hicks will appear for a special guest performance.
“For two weeks, they’ve worked hard to learn and you can feel the sense of pride from each one of them,” Johnson said. “Every person in attendance leaves inspired.”
This year’s theme is “Building Children, Building Birmingham,” a nod to the city’s recent growth and the ability of children to grow and succeed when given the proper care and attention. Honorary chairmen for the festivities are Rob Burton, CEO of Hoar Construction, and Robert Simon, president of Corporate Realty.
“Their work has been an integral part of making Birmingham the thriving and growing city that it is,” said Johnson. “Just as the city flourishes, we want to see our youth flourish; and that only happens when we invest in them.”
Proceeds from the evening account for about one-fifth of the BBBS of Greater Birmingham’s annual budget.
“That money helps us support the matches of Bigs and Littles that we currently have and recruit and train more volunteers so we can serve even more children,” Johnson said. “Last year we proudly served over 1,300 children.”
The event also includes a VIP meet and greet with
Hicks, a cocktail hour, a silent auction and a dinner by Kathy G and Company.
The event begins at 6 p.m., with the VIP reception held at 5 p.m. Tickets are $200 for general admission and $275 for VIPs.
For more information, visit anightofbigstars.com or contact Brooke McKinley, director of public relations and marketing director, at email@example.com or 939-5590.
– Emily Williams