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BBBSLI Celebrates Volunteers at Appreciation Reception


On Tuesday, April 25th, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) celebrated their volunteer mentors (Bigs) at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, presented by Darby Dental. Volunteers along with their family members, board members and supporters of BBBSLI gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, to celebrate our Bigs for the time and energy they spend positively impacting the lives of children on Long Island. This celebratory reception was held during National Volunteer Month.

“This is a special event for us. Our volunteers drive our agency- our mentors hold the power to change our community, one child at a time and to have an evening dedicated to all of our volunteers, mentors, Board Members, committee members and our President’s Council, is really important to our team”, said Nancy Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

The evening’s program recognized all of the Bigs for the many ways they give of themselves to positively impact the lives of their Littles. Also acknowledged were the 2017 scholarship award recipients. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors pursuing higher education this fall, who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrate high levels of motivation, responsibility and resiliency in their everyday lives. These scholarship opportunities are generously made possible by Dorothy and John Talotta, Bikes for Kids in America, as well as the families of the late Jeff Grant, the late Glenn Trovato and the late Michael J. Weisbrod.

Thank you to Darby Dental for their sponsorship of this special event to honor our Bigs for all they do and to the staff at Crest Hollow Country Club for helping us provide our guests with an incredible evening.

Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our deepest appreciation to all of our volunteer mentors. It is your commitment and dedication that makes it possible for our agency to make the positive impact we continue to have on the lives of young people across Long Island.

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Vic Verola Appointed to BBBSLI Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced the appointment of Vic Verola to its Board of Directors.

“We’re excited to have Vic Verola join our Board of Directors. His passion, excitement and business background will be a tremendous asset furthering our agency’s mission,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “We believe his experience will be invaluable to us, especially as we expand our services to serve more children across Long Island.”  

Mr. Verola is Executive Vice President and Partner of Vicom Computer Services, responsible for overseeing the entire customer facing operation including Sales, Engineering, Support and Professional Services. A 25 plus year veteran of the Information Technology industry, he has worked in various positions in IT engineering and sales. Mr. Verola continues to lead the transformation of Vicom into one of the most progressive solution providers in the New York Metropolitan area. 

“Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is an amazing organization that creates such a lasting impact on the youth of Long Island. I am so proud to have the opportunity to lend my expertise, passion and energy to help the agency achieve its long-term vision,” said Vic Verola.

Mr. Verola graduated from Hofstra University with a major in management and a minor in economics. He resides on Long Island with his wife and three children.

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BBBSLI Kicks Off 2017 Poker & Networking Series with “Poker Night”

On Tuesday, March 21st, 110 players kicked off Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) 2017 Poker & Networking Series at “Poker Night”. The event, presented by Clair S. Bartholomew & Son Funeral Home, raised $25,000 and was held at The Main Event in Farmingdale. Proceeds from “Poker Night” directly support BBBSLI’s mentoring programs and will assist the agency in its efforts to recruit more male volunteers for 400 boys that are currently waiting for Big Brothers.

“We’re here tonight, to raise funds needed to identify, recruit, and enroll Big Brothers. We need Big Brothers for the 400 families who have raised their hands to say they want help for their sons,” said BBBSLI Director of Development Jamison Skala. “Only some of you will take home a great prize, but ALL of you will leave here knowing that you’re responsible for changing hundreds of boys lives by helping us give them the Big Brothers they’ve been waiting for”.

David Cohen revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table.  Bradley Siegel and Ryan Kadri finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top PRIZE was a $2,000 Travel Voucher to anywhere in the world. Second prize was an East End Getaway & Dinner in the Dunes, and the third-place winner claimed a twosome to BBBSLI’s June 5th Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club.

A very special thank you to the event’s presenting sponsor, Clair Bartholomew & Sons Funeral Home and to our table sponsors which included: CHIPS Technology Group, City Wide, EBA, Nawrocki Smith CPAs, Steve Madden, Suffolk Federal Credit Union, Tim Foley, and The Whitmore Group.

Thanks also goes to those companies and individuals who donated prizes for the tournament: PC Richard & Son, Hotel Indigo, Steve Madden, Courtyard Travel, and Governors Comedy Club.


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LOL for Mentoring Comedy Night 2017

On Wednesday, February 15th, nearly 200 people packed Governor’s Comedy Club of Levittown to attend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) annual Comedy Night, presented by Fat Guy Media.

The show included performances by five talented comedians who had guests laughing the entire night! Before they took the stage, BBBSLI’s CEO, Mark Cox and Director of Development, Jamison Skala emphasized how support of fundraising events, like Comedy Night, is directly related to the agency’s ability to serve more children. The room erupted with applause when it was shared that BBBSLI created 207 new matches and served a total of 464 children and their families in 2016.

“We need your help to spread word of our mission and the positive impact of mentoring to as many people as possible. Simply by following us on social media and sharing our posts – you will help us to help more children beat the odds that are stacked against them,” said BBBSLI Director of Development, Jamison Skala.

Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Fat Guy Media, and to our table sponsors – Bethpage Federal Credit Union, BCNY, CHIPS Technology Group, Executive Business Asociation, GNP Branded Gear-Greg Parisi, Mineola Florist, VT Mancusi and Wells Fargo Advisors.

Some lucky guests went home with incredible raffle prizes, including Billy Joel concert tickets to his re-opening show of the new Nassau Coliseum, Broadway Show Tickets to “The Great Comet of 1812” Featuring Josh Groban, a Flemington Furs Mink Cape, a Hotel Indigo Wine & Spirits Getaway for Two, a 40” Samsung Smart HD TV, and more. Thanks to our raffle sponsors –, the Nastasi-Silver Group, Flemington Furs, Hotel Indigo, Estee Lauder, Brew Crew Cycle Tours, and P.C. Richards.

We also want to express our thanks to Andrea, and the staff at Governor’s Comedy Club whose service and talent helped make the night a memorable one.


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Winter Blast 2017

On January 21st, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its annual Winter Blast match event presented by Estee Lauder at Dave & Busters in Islandia. This year’s event was attended by over 200 Bigs and Littles, all who enjoyed a fun filled day of games, food and amazing raffles. The event also included a book fair, sponsored by Macy’s, which allowed for every Little to leave with brand new books.

Each match received a Dave & Busters unlimited power play card and 25 raffle tickets to use for the Chinese auction. Raffle prizes included a wide selection of items ranging from a free birthday party at United Skates, wireless speakers, toys, games and multiple gift cards. Bigs also received free raffle tickets for a chance to win a special set of prizes which included Estee Lauder gift baskets, an East End getaway at Hotel Indigo and a flat screen TV.

Separate from the raffle prizes, a variety of free giveaways were distributed including, designer children’s shoes donated by BCNY Synclaire Brands, handmade hats & scarves donated by Care to Knit, winter accessories donated by Steve Madden, cosmetics donated by Cassie Cosmetics and winter coats donated by various Long Island schools.

“The Winter Blast is always one of our favorite events of the year. It is an incredible opportunity for our matches and the BBBSLI team to come together, socialize and have fun! Events like this promote a sense of unity and comradery within the agency. We’re grateful for the donors and volunteers who help to make this possible,” said Nancy Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

BBBSLI coordinates match activities and events throughout the year as part of its on-going professional support of our programs mentoring relationships. The Winter Blast has become a highly anticipated event for both our Bigs and Littles.

A special thank you goes to Estee Lauder. In addition to their financial support as presenting sponsor, 25 Estee Lauder employees from the Asian Affinity and Hispanic Connections groups volunteered their time to help at the event.

Feeling the excitement in the room and seeing the enjoyment on the faces of our matches truly made this event a “blast” for everyone in attendance.


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The Magic of Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016

Thanks to the generosity of more than 80 individuals, families, friends, and companies Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016 created MAGIC for more than 300 Children (145 Families) across Long Island.

This year, 100% of the children received EVERY item from their special wish list along with many other gifts based on their age and interests!

51 volunteer drivers (many who were accompanied by their children & family members) delivered more than 1,000 Gifts & more than 3,000 lbs. of food to the doorsteps of all those families!

Thank you to everyone who made Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016 a success! Your generosity has created magical memories for children and families in need across Long Island! Happy Holidays!

See below or click here to enjoy a brief montage highlighting the Magic of Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016.







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