Celebrate Mentoring

Our Big Futures program culminates in Celebrate Mentoring, which recognizes graduating matches and celebrates the positive impact of mentoring. 


Check back soon for information our 2020 Celebrate Mentoring event!

To view pictures from the 2019 Celebrate Mentoring, click here.

2019 Community Mentor Award Recipient: Al Oak

The Community Mentor Award is presented each year to a Central Indiana leader who has demonstrated a passion for mentoring and a commitment to mentoring in his or her personal and professional life. This award is the highest honor BBBSCI bestows.

Al Oak is the Chairman and CEO of Cripe, Co-Founder and Chairman of ECO Oxygen Technologies, LLC, and a three-time Big Brother.

Al Oak is Chairman and CEO of Cripe, an architectural and engineering firm based in Indianapolis. He joined Cripe as a land surveyor and since then has served in just about every area of the firm. He has been involved in the design and project management of a number of large-scale, multi-use developments. The firm has won numerous awards as a "best place to work."

Al is also Co-Founder and Chairman of ECO Oxygen Technologies, LLC, which provides environmentally effective solutions to treatment of water and wastewater through superoxygenation of effluent throughout the U.S.

Al is a Past President of Big Brothers of Greater Indianapolis (and is currently a Big Brother for the third time), Past Chairman of both the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Chairman of Paul I. Cripe Charitable Foundation, and a past Director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. He has served on several for-profit boards and is currently a member of Old National Bank's Community Board.

Al has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University, a recipient of the Legacy Award from the Kelley School's Center for Real Estate Studies, and a Distinguished Hoosier by the Governor of the State of Indiana. Recently, Al was admitted to the Academy of Alumni Fellows, the Kelley School of Business. He and his wife, Shary, are the recipients of the “Spirit of Philanthropy Award” at IUPUI.

Al and his wife Shary reside in Indianapolis. They have one child, Adam, who also works at Cripe and is married to wife, Christen, and there’s a grandson, Miles!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana is honored to recognize Al Oak as the 2019 Community Mentor Award recipient and is grateful for his tremendous service to the youth in our community.

Previous Community Mentor Award Recipients:

2018 - Dave and Jessica Lindsey
2017 - Jim Singleton
2016 - Marianne Glick
2015- Frank Davis
2014- Willis K.Bright, Jr.
2013 - Charles (Charlie) W. Brown
2012 - Jean Blackwell
2011 - Mike Smith 
2010 - Robert Bowen
2009 - Larry Sablosky

Thank You to Our 2019-2020 Big Futures Sponsors!

If you are interested in sponsoring our Big Futures programming, please click here or contact Laura Haltom at [email protected] or 317-472-3732.

Presenting Sponsor: Indianapolis Power & Light


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