Joe Carlomusto has been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Catharines, Thorold & District for over 25 years.
“My good friend, Roger Segalin, who was on the board at the time got me involved and introduced me to Peter Saracino, who was CEO at the time.”
It didn’t take long for Joe to make an immediate impact.
“I served as President of the board from 1993-1998. Some of my fondest memories are being a Big to several boys whom I felt I helped mold into very nice young men. I was able to help them interact with my 2 sons and felt it was beneficial for all involved. I learned more about what the agency did and it helped to become a better board member, as well as understand what the Bigs and Littles were going through and how much our service was needed.”
One of Joe’s earliest accomplishments was the Capital Campaign that allowed our agency to move into our current building.
“Initiating and helping with our Capital Campaign to move our location from King St to Niagara street is a fond memory as well as a very gratifying one. It was a proud moment for everyone involved.”
By far, Joe’s biggest impact and living legacy for our agency is the annual Charity Golf Classic, which just celebrated its 25th year.
“Starting our golf tournament 26 years ago is also another fond memory going from earning $3,000 in our first year to now earning $50,000 for our programs and agency. Peter Saracino, Bob Miller and myself were the 3 people who spearheaded our first tournament over 26 years ago. We have a great committee and each year we have expanded our contributors. People understand the need for our programs and we’re no longer an agency who only does one-on-one matches. All of our programming has expanded and the need for more fundraising is critical in the evolution of our agency at this time. It is critical to the continued growth and servicing of our youth and all the boys & girls on our waiting list.”
As it turns out, helping Big Brothers Big Sisters runs in the family.
“My son Joe Jr has been on the (Golf) committee for several years and is a big help to me and all of the contacts we have and we continue to expand our reach. Eric, my younger son, has played in the tournament for many years and continues to make & donate the signs for the golf course sponsor, as well as other special signage.” Says Joe.
“When they were younger, they remember to 2 littles I had, being a Big Brother and they were very supportive and welcoming when I brought them into our home and they also came on some of the outings we had planned together.” Continued Joe.