On Friday, November 22nd, “Big” business leaders and our Littles shared a stage in our first ever, “Are You Smarter Than a Little?” game show. The fun and lively exchanges between our celebrity and youth contestants, and our charismatic host, Steve Berry, brought laughter and smiles to our guests. Celebrity contestants in the game show included Emily Abbas - Bankers Trust, Jeff Russell – Delta Dental of Iowa, Jim Brannen – FBL Financial Group, Marta Codina – Wells Fargo, Mike Wilson – Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, Ron Grensteiner – American Equity Investment Life Insurance Co, Rosalind Peebles Fox – John Deere Des Moines Works, Shekinah Young – Principal, and Skylar Mayberry-Mayes – Nationwide. Eight BBBSCI Littles and youth participated as featured classmates in the show.

Thank you for the support of our generous sponsors, the silent auction, and attendees who invested in our call to action to create and support a match. Your generosity empowers, encourages, and inspires youth to dream, think, and act BIG. We are incredibly grateful for your support of our mission to create mentoring relationships that change the lives of Bigs and Littles for the better, forever.

Interested in being a sponsor for Are You Smarter Than a Little? in fall 2020? Please contact Colleen Rogers Messenger, Director of Development, at [email protected] or 515-288-9025 x224.

Thank You to our 2019 Sponsors!


RENEE HARDMAN