Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ocean State to Induct Newest Honorees into "Magical Circle"


CRANSTON, RI – Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (BBBSOS) has announced the 2014 inductees into its Magical Circle of People We Admire. The Magical Circle was established in 2007 to recognize those individuals who through their professional accomplishments and community service have become exemplary role models for children in Rhode Island.

The 2014 “Magical Circle” honorees are:

Hilina AjakaiyeOperations Manager, Stop & Shop, New England Division

Dennis Littky,  Co-Founder and Co-Director, The Big Picture Company, The Met School, and College Unbound

Ingrid Tolentino, Vice President, MetLife Auto & Home

Jim Vincent, President, NAACP Providence Branch, and Compliance Officer, RIPTA


In addition, Bonney B. Sevellon, will be this year’s recipient of the annual Legacy Award. The Legacy Award is Given to a person who is a pioneer in his or her field, whose volunteer or career work has impacted the lives of countless people. As the Executive Director of Big Sisters of Rhode Island in 1997, she pioneered BBBSOS’ existing relationship with Savers and developed The Big Sisters Fund.  Incorporated as a solely owned subsidiary of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State (separate 501(c) 3), more commonly known as the Donation Center, the Fund is formed to collect gently used clothing and household items and the proceeds fund BBBSOS’ mentoring programs.

The inductees will be honored at BBBSOS’s annual gala on June 14th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Goat Island in Newport. The event, themed An Evening in Paris, will feature a signature cocktail, amazing aerialists, unique auction items and a delicious French-inspired feast. Dance the night away to the sounds of Nancy Paolino and the Black Tie Band. Tickets and additional information about the event are available through the event’s website: www.TheBigNightOut.org.


Proceeds from The Big Night Out: An Evening in Paris will be used to support the mentoring relationships for over 500 children throughout Rhode Island.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State is Rhode Island’s leading mentoring organization and has been serving boys and girls in Rhode Island for over 45 years. Persons interested in mentoring a child or donating to support the program can log on to the agency’s website www.BBBSOS.org or call (401) 921-2434.

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