On Saturday, June 10th, nearly 300 people gathered at Heckscher State Park for the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) Walk for Kids’ Sake 5K, Little Fun Run and Annual Family Picnic. This year’s event co-sponsored by GEICO and Nature’s Bounty, brought together Bigs, Littles, families, children waiting to be matched, board members, supporters and the community for a fun-filled day while also raising funds to help BBBSLI grow the number of children served through their mentoring programs.
“This year we combined our Walk for Kids Sake with our Annual Picnic and added a Little Fun Run. The weather was beautiful and to have our matches walk alongside our supporters, children waiting to be matched and the families of the children in our programs was really special,” said Nancy Travers, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Director of Services. She added, “the agency needs over 400 Big Brothers and the Walk for Kids’ Sake 5K helps us raise the funds needed to recruit more male volunteers”.
The day began with the newly added Little Fun Run. Children participating in the run were filled with excitement as the crowd cheered them on with encouragement. Runners and walkers then participated in a 5K which included scenic views of the park’s fields, beaches and woodlands.
A picnic lunch awaited guests and included games and dances lead by DJ Joe, inflatables, and painting individual canvases that will go on display in the BBBSLI offices. Littles and their family members were treated to several giveaways including new books from the book fair table and a variety of gently used sporting equipment provided by Play It Forward. Thanks to a donation from BCNY/Synclaire Brands, Littles and their siblings were also invited to choose from a large selection of brand new designer shoes. More importantly, attendees left the event with smiles and fond memories from a fun-filled day of excitement.
In addition to thanking Presenting Sponsors GEICO and Nature’s Bounty and Gold Sponsors ADP and Sanders Sanders Block Woycik Viener & Grossman PC, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island would like to express appreciation to the event’s Silver Sponsors including: CHIPS Technology Group, @Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPAs PC, Dycon Enterprises, GNP Branded Gear, Glass & Dooley CPA, Jim’s Deli, Stop & Shop of Levittown and Utz Snacks. Thanks also goes to the volunteers who assisted during the event from the National Charity League, Kohl’s, GEICO, Nature’s Bounty, and Sanders Sanders Block Woycik Viener & Grossman, PC.
On Monday, June 5th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 21st Annual Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, NY. This year’s event presented by KeyBank, honoring Tim Foley, brought together 110 golfers and raised more than $100,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.
“Our honoree, Tim Foley, hit it out of the park this year. His hard work and passion for our mission helped make this event a great success for us,” said BBBSLI CEO Mark Cox. “I would also like to thank KeyBank for their generosity as presenting sponsor.”
Tournament guests began their day with a breakfast buffet on the outdoor patio, followed by time at the driving range and putting greens. Golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch, cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and raffles.
During dinner, BBBSLI’s mission was brought to life as Big Brother Michael Oliveri spoke about his experience as a mentor. “Becoming a mentor was one of the best decisions of my life. As a Big, there is the opportunity to expose your Little to events and activities they might not otherwise have access to. It has been memorable to share many “firsts” with my Little Brother. Together we went to his first Yankees and Rangers games, his first trip to a college campus, his first play and visit to a museum,” shared Michael.
Congratulations to this year’s tournament 1st place winners:
Team Low Net with a Callaway-handicapped team score of 54– Don Dantona, John Hunter, Craig Johanson and Brian Loftus
Men’s low gross with a score of 72 – Kyle Mostransky
Women’s low gross with a score of 110 – Katherine Heptig
In addition to thanking Presenting Sponsor KeyBank and Honoree Tim Foley, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island would like to express appreciation to those who donated raffle and silent auction prizes, all the golfers and tournament sponsors including:
Dinner Sponsor: Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation; BBQ Lunch Sponsor: BHI; Breakfast Sponsor: DonorSaver; Caddie Sponsor: Mineola Lions Club; Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Rosenthal & Rosenthal; Golf Cart Sponsor: Leviton; Awards Sponsor: PWC; Beverage Cart Sponsor: Castle Merchandising Inc.; Raffles Sponsor: Cullen and Dykman LLP; Locker Room Sponsor: Hofstra Athletics; Driving Range Sponsor: Hallen Construction; Gift Sponsor: NYU Winthrop Hospital; Golf Balls Sponsor: Broadridge; Longest Drive: Rest Easy Pest Control; Putting Green Sponsor: Merrick Madmen; Closest to the Pin Sponsors: DeFreitas & Minsky LLP, Marco Polo International Inc., James M. Conboy and Vicom.
On May 18, 2017, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their annual Fashion Show, presented by Steve Madden. Nearly 200 people gathered at The Inn at New Hyde Park to watch BBBSLI Big & Little matches light up the runway modeling a range of looks from “thrift store chic” to formal wear.
Donna Drake, award winning media personality and host of Live It Up with Donna Drake served as the event’s guest emcee. Ten Big & Little matches modeled collections from Savers, Lexi Rose, Montauk Tackle and Lord & Taylor. Clothing was complimented by jewelry and accessories donated by Fortunoff Fine Jewelry. BBBSLI staff members also participated in the show modeling a collection of clothing and accessories from Popi’s Place.
The BBBSLI Fashion Show offered attendees the opportunity to witness the fun and dynamic closeness shared between Bigs & Littles! The event also highlighted the positive impact the Bigs have had on their Littles’ increased confidence and self-esteem. Throughout the show, matches found creative ways to incorporate their unique personalities into their runway performances. Observing the friendships and bonds shared between all the matches reinforced the impact and importance of the agency’s mentoring program.
A big thank you to presenting sponsor Steve Madden. Appreciation also goes to: Match & Collection Sponsor: Savers; Match Sponsor: Montauk Tackle; Collection Sponsors: Cohen Hoenigmann & Badolato, Fortunoff Fine Jewelry, Lexi Rose, Rosenthal & Rosenthal; Fashion Sponsors: Popi’s Place, Lord & Taylor; Hair & Makeup Sponsor: Red Door Spa; Dessert Sponsor: National Charity League, Inc.; Entertainment Sponsor: Rob Mantegazza of Events by DJ Rob and Guest Emcee: Donna Drake. Thanks to our raffle sponsors and to those who helped in securing them.
Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our gratitude to all our Bigs & Littles whose participation and star performances truly made the Fashion Show such a success!
To view more photos from the event visit our Facebook photo album here.
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.
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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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.