Embracing their new mission as “Defenders of Potential,” Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay celebrated a superhero-themed 21st annual gala on September 21 at the Hilton Tampa Downtown. Guests posed for photos with characters like Captain America, Wonder Woman and Iron Man before hearing from some of the Bigs and Littles who have been impacted by the program. During the event, agency president Stephen Koch shared the news that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay had received the Pinnacle Award, the highest award from the national organization in recognition of its growth in revenue and number of Big and Little matches for two years. Tampa Mayor (and longtime Big Sister) Jane Castor also spoke before guests had the opportunity to bid on prizes like a “stock the bar” package from the BBBS board of directors, an exclusive dinner at The Tampa Club, a Bermuda vacation and a safari. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay serves more than 3,000 children in the Bay area, providing them with mentors that help equip them with the skills to reach their full potential in education, careers and personal relationships.