During the 53rdÂ Annual â€˜Gourmet Dinnerâ€™ hosted by Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County,Â Brian Arrington, Founding Partner and CEO of Pacific Sothebyâ€™s InternationalÂ Realty and LinneaÂ Arrington, President of San Diego Funding presented theÂ organization with a donation in honor and memory of Frank V. Arrington. ForÂ over thirty years, Frank V. ArringtonÂ worked tirelessly to promoteÂ membership and raiseÂ funds to supportÂ Big Brothers Big Sisters of SanÂ Diego County
TheÂ donation was made in support of the Operation Bigs Military mentoring program.Â Operation Bigs is a one-to-one mentoring programÂ for military children, and the first of its kind inÂ the nation. TheÂ military lifestyle often presents many challenges for childrenÂ and families such as frequent relocation, school transitions,Â separation from extended family, increased responsibility coupledÂ with a sense ofÂ loss when a parent deploys and the physical andÂ psychological stress faced when a parent returns from war.Â Since the launch in 2004, theÂ program has served more than 1,300 Navy and Marine CorpsÂ children at nineÂ sites throughout San Diego County and inspired the expansion of overÂ thirty sites across the country.
â€œBigÂ Brothers Big Sisters was such an important part of my fatherâ€™s life and we areÂ happy to continue to support the organization, especially the Operation BigsÂ mentoring program which helps with theÂ unique challenges faced by San Diegoâ€™sÂ military families,â€ says Brian Arrington
This yearâ€™sÂ eventÂ raised just over $593,000 in supportÂ of Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs.The funds raised at the 53rdÂ Annual Gourmet Dinner will support over 315 Big and Little MatchesÂ for anÂ entire year
PacificÂ Sothebyâ€™s International Realty and San Diego Funding recognize and appreciateÂ the importance of the military in the San Diego community and are dedicated toÂ providing services, programs andÂ support to these families when it comes toÂ their home financing and purchasing needs.