The Big Adventure

December 01, 2022 - December 08, 2022 11:59 pm

The Big Adventure 2022 - Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

"Courage is not the absence of fear - it is inspiring others to move beyond it." - Nelson Mandela


What does it take to change the world? Courage. On December 1st, Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence CEO Marcus Allen, along with several board members and key supporters, will courageously attempt to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's "Seven Summits" and widely recognized as a significantly challenging ascent. Many people visit Tanzania each year to scale the iconic mountain, and to mark important events in their lives. This group is climbing one the most iconic mountains to bring awareness to one of the most iconic nonprofits - Big Brothers Big Sisters.

We have assembled a group of climbers fully dedicated to helping youth achieve success, and who wish to inspire others to get involved by completing the ultimate challenge. Their efforts are devoted to raising critical funds necessary to support of transformational youth mentoring programs.

$500,000 Goal


Total Raised

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Your financial support helps us to do what we do best - empower kids in our community to achieve their full potential. Not everyone has the same opportunity in life, but your donation helps us develop more college grads, community leaders, business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Meet the Climbers

Marcus  Donna Stephen Ellen   Gary Sejal Jonas Ken  LynnJim Dever   

Kara & Samuel  Mike  Seth   Claire  Max


Nina Matthews   Kristen Robinson

Asher Smith  Jacob Smith


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Financial donations made to Big Brothers Big Sisters support children through programming and logistics support.

Your financial support helps BBBS:

  • Recruit new Big Brothers and Big Sister volunteers
  • Cover the costs of background checks, while ensuring trained professionals match Littles to responsible Bigs
  • Enable ongoing supervision and relationship support for every Big, Little and Little's family
  • Provide cultural and social activities to enrich the opportunities for children

 Want to join our Big Adventure? 

There are multiple ways for individuals to support the Big Adventure and Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence: 

Make a donation - All proceeds raised by the Big Adventure benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence, a donor-supported organization that enriches, encourages, and empowers children to reach their highest potential through safe one-to-one mentoring relationships.

  • Online: Donations can be made through this website
  • Personal Check: Individuals can donate or by mailing a check to Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence, ATTN: BIG ADVENTURE, 123 South Broad Street, Suite 1050, Philadelphia, PA 19109.
  • Donor Advised Fund (DAF): If you would like to support the Big Adventure through your DAF, please make the designation to Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence (EIN 23-1352034) with "The Big Adventure" or "Donation in honor of <Climber Name>" in the memo / designation line.


If you have any questions regarding your donation, please contact Rachele Armstrong at [email protected]  


Become a Mentor - Embark on your own adventure of a lifetime by signing up to become a Big in one of our programs. If you would like to learn more about becoming a mentor, please visit us at to take the first steps toward becoming a Big!

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