Those who know me recognize that I am a huge proponent of giving back and philanthropic causes. Of everything I have supported through the years, Big Brothers Big Sisters holds a special place in my heart. I’ve been a part of BBBS for more than half my life —almost three decades. For me, it has become a personal journey of fulfillment that has come full circle.
Shortly after graduating from law school, I signed on to become a Big Brother in 1991. I was assigned to mentor a then eight-year-old boy named Brian. Our bond solidified as I became more involved in Brian‘s life, and he soon became part of my family. It was a blessing to be able to mentor Brian through grade school, high school, college, and eventually law school. While in college, Brian began working at the Marrone Law Firm, learning the ropes and seeing first-hand what the life of a lawyer was all about. Brian graduated from Drexel University School of Law and passed the bar in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You can imagine how proud I am of my “little brother” of 26 years, who is now an attorney at my firm and is quite successful.
My personal history with this organization is a testament to the powerful connections fostered by BBBS and what this organization is all about: helping children reach their potential through empowerment and positive mentorship. This is what fuels my commitment to helping raise the dollars necessary to further its mission.
In 2017 I was honored to be selected to become a member of the Governing Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters – Independence Region. Marrone Law Firm was also named the presenting sponsor for the charity’s annual fundraiser, “Fashion Touchdown” — a star-studded event which features Super Bowl Champion Philadelphia Eagles players as runway models and raises significant funds which support the mentoring program. Last year, this single event raised more than quarter million dollars. I am truly honored to be a part of this organization.