PENSACOLA — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida recognized Big Sister Sally Pink as the 2020 Okaloosa County Big of The Year June 11.


Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and respect to social distancing, this recognition took place virtually over Zoom with Pink’s family, friends, her Little Sister, and members of the BBBS board and staff.


The staff chose her for this honor because she is dedicated and passionate about the importance of mentorship, especially for her Little.


"I am so grateful to this day that I decided to do this. I wouldn't change it for the world. I can't wait to watch my Little grow up!" Pink said.


Pink and her Little have been matched for over a year. Sally loves to be around children.


She recently graduated from the University of West Florida and before COVID-19, was a substitute teacher with the Okaloosa County School District.


"Sally has such a big heart and always puts others before herself. During the time that Sally has been matched with her Little, they have grown to become great friends. Sally helps her Little with her reading and motivates her to always be her best," BBBS stated in a media release.


"Sally also encouraged her husband to get involved with BBBSNWFL. He got matched right before COVID-19 and only got to meet his Little once in person. Like many others, Sally and her husband were worried about maintaining their relationships with their Littles during COVID-19.


"Sally's husband, Daniel said, ’Sally used her creativity to think outside of the box and came up with fun ideas for us to drop off on our Littles’ porches.’


"Sally puts her whole heart into everything that she does and the BBBSNWFL agency is lucky to have a Big Sister like her," the media release stated.


To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida, please visit bbbsnwfl.org or call 850-433-5437.


Sally Pink (bottom row) accepted the 2020 Okaloosa County Big of The Year award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida. The organization cited her dedication and passion about the importance of mentorship, especially for her Little. [CONTRIBUTED PHOTO]