On Thursday, October 5th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its Annual Presidential Gala celebrating the mentoring agency’s 40th Anniversary at The Inn at New Hyde Park in New Hyde Park, NY. As the mentoring agency’s premiere fundraising event of the year, the Gala drew 300 guests and raised over $200,000 for BBBSLI to continue providing mentoring and support services to Long Island’s youth.
“Thanks to the extraordinary support from sponsors and honorees over the past 19 years, our annual Gala has raised more than $5 million dollars in gross revenue for the agency. These funds raised each year at this event help us provide more children with the quality mentoring services that have remained a constant over the last 40 years,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox.
In celebration of BBBSLI’s 40th Anniversary, this year’s event included a special presentation recognizing all the agency’s former Gala Honorees. Special homage was also given to BBBSLI’s former CEO, Bill Tymann, who led the agency from 1979 through 2014. Mr. Tymann received a full room standing ovation as he accepted a special award in honor of his 34 years of leadership and service helping children on Long Island.
In addition to former honorees and supporters, several Littles and their Big Brothers & Sisters attended this year’s event. The Gala included a Chinese auction raffle featuring a variety of prizes and guests also had the opportunity to bid on incredible silent and live auction items.
BBBSLI would like to extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s sponsors for helping to make our Annual Gala such a success. Thank you to our VICE PRESIDENTIAL SPONSORS: Carolyn Sanchez-Woycik, Esq. & Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret), Esq., Four Seasons Sunrooms and Windows; SECRETARY OF STATE SPONSOR: Darby Dental Supply, LLC; SENATE SPONSORS: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Koeppel Martone & Leistman, LLP, New York Community Bank, Total Bank Solutions, CONGRESSIONAL SPONSORS: Frank J. Antun Foundation, CHIPS Technology Group, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPA’s PC, Macy’s, New York Auto Giant, OpenLink, ProNational Title Agency, LLC, VICOM Computer Services, Inc.; PARTY SPONSORS: Advantage Title, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Katz Zlotnick & Associates /Applied Pension Services, Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP, Sandra Capek-O’Grady and Tim O’Grady, New York Spine Institute, Su¬ffolk Federal; MATCH SPONSOR: Robert Madden & Family.