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BBBSLI Littles Go Back to School with New Backpacks & School Supplies

Thanks to backpack and school supply drives held by Computer Associates, Make it Count Foundation, Nixon Peabody LLP, Van Horn & Friedman PC, and Whisper Woods of Smithtown, BBBSLI was able to send our Littles back to school with brand new backpacks filled with needed school supplies!
 
Additionally, a generous donation from Smithtown Acura gave some of our Littles the opportunity to go on a back-to-school shopping trip at Walmart! These lucky Littles, accompanied by their Big Brother or Big Sister, won the chance to participate in this match activity which took place at Walmart locations in both Islandia and Westbury. The back to school shopping trip provided Littles with the opportunity to purchase important school related supplies, while also teaching them how to prioritize purchases and budget money. Each Big and Little match received a spending budget of $100. The mentors assisted their mentees with identifying the items they needed most and helped them to budget the allotted money appropriately.
 
BBBSLI wants to extend a big thank you to Computer Associates, Make it Count Foundation, Nixon Peabody, Vanhorn & Friedman PC, Whisper Woods of Smithtown and Smithtown Acura for their support and generous donations! We also want to wish all our Littles best of luck for the upcoming 2018-19 school year!

2018 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Fishing Tournament Surpasses $250,000 Raised for Mentoring on Long Island

On Sunday, August 19th the sun set on the 18th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational (HOI) Fishing Tournament, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI). The nine-day tournament, hosted by The Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club (SMTC), had 60 registered boats and raised more than $250,000 to support BBBSLI’s mentoring programs for children facing adversity on the East End of Long Island. 

For years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has been serving children on the East End of Long Island with their High School Bigs Mentoring Programs at Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor and South Hampton.

“It is wonderful to have the support of so many sponsors, anglers and dinner guests helping to make this year’s tournament such a success,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “The support we received at this event will help change lives of children facing adversity on the East End by allowing us to increase the number of local children served by our mentoring programs.”

Headquartered at Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina in Hampton Bays, the tournament closed with nearly 500 people gathering at the awards dinner. After announcing the winners of each division and species, the crowd filled with anticipation as the winning raffle ticket was pulled announcing Pete Galindo of East Quogue as the winner of the 23’ Open Center Console Fishing Boat provided by Sportsman Boats.

To view a complete list of the 2018 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament winners please visit: http://www.hamptonsoffshore.com/

BBBSLI would like to give special thanks to the Chairman of the Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament, Scott Horowitz, and to all the sponsors who helped support this event including: Dinner & Platinum Sponsor: Statewide Roofing. Platinum Sponsors: George Vickers, Harry Bacharach & Southern Tide, Modern Yachts, Owen and Laurie Schwartz, Pure Dental, Shore Line Insurance, Wahl & Crew, White Water Custom Sportfish Boats and White Water Outfitters. Gold Sponsors: Hampton Watercraft, Haskell Local Outfitters, Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Prime Marina Group, Riverhead Building Supply, South Shore Docks, Spellman’s Marine, Sportsman Boats, Staten Island Yachts Sales, United Yachts Sales and Unity Electric. Silver Sponsors: Dave Bofill Marine Inc., Fish & Wildlife Unlimited Taxidermy, Framingham Foundation/Leatherman and Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club. Captain’s Meeting Hospitality Sponsor: Overtemp Marine. Valet Sponsor: Village Auto Body. Raffle Sponsor: Southampton Town Police. Trophy Sponsors: Bay Gas Service, Big Daddy Tournament Outfitters, Redgrave Electric Maintenance Inc., Sea Tow Shinnecock/Moriches and Trident Funding.

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Jeff Schwartzberg Named Chair of BBBSLI Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced Jeff Schwartzberg as the newly elected Chair of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Schwartzberg is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal at Premier Commercial Real Estate. His vast background and proven track record in commercial real estate, spanning over three decades, has made him widely recognized in the industry as one of Long Island’s top commercial real estate professionals. He has been actively involved with BBBSLI since 2003. 

“We are pleased to have Jeff Schwartzberg elected Chair of our Board of Directors. He has been a consistent source of leadership and commitment on our Board for 15 yrs. His dedication and experience, serving as a past Chair, will be invaluable as we expand our services to serve more children across Long Island,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox.

Mr. Schwartzberg was vital in the purchase of BBBSLI’s new office location in Westbury, as well as the sale of the mentoring agency’s former office building. He is a past President of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS) of Long Island and currently serves on the Advisory Committee to their board. Community-minded, he is a former Mayor and Chairman of the Zoning Board for the Village of Roslyn Estates.

“I am both honored and humbled to be elected, for a second time, to lead our highly talented, experienced and dedicated team of Board Members,” said Jeff Schwartzberg.

Jeff is proud to be a product of The Bronx. He earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Queens College and holds an MBA in Financial Management from Iona College. Today, Jeff lives on the water in Massapequa, where he enjoys spending time with his family and admiring the beauty of Long Island’s Great South Bay.

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BBBSLI Represented at 2018 BBBS National Conference in St. Louis

Congratulations to BBBSLI’s Program Manager, Kelly McGowan and Program Supervisor, Jacky Volpicella who presented today at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference in St. Louis! Their presentation entitled, “Site-Based Mentoring: Strengthening Match Relationships through Client-Based Curriculum” provided BBBS affiliates throughout the country with tools and resources for implementing an innovative needs-based curriculum designed for Littles in Site Based Mentoring Programs.

We are so proud the conference selection committee recognized Kelly, Jacky and their team for their creative and outstanding work!

BBBSLI Raises More Than $100,000 at 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, June 4th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, NY. This year’s tournament was presented by FatGuy Media and TCI Technologies, and honored Thomas Jacoberger. The event brought together 100 golfers and raised more than $100,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.

“We are so happy Mother Nature was on our side, allowing everyone to enjoy a great day of golf on the beautiful course at Muttontown,” said Meredith McCaslin, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “We truly appreciate the generosity and support of the sponsors, golfers and our honoree, Tom Jacoberger, all who helped make this event a success for the agency.”

Tournament guests began their day with brunch on the outdoor patio before warming up at the driving range and putting greens. The day continued with golfers enjoying a barbecue lunch, cocktail reception, buffet dinner, awards ceremony and raffles.

During dinner, President’s Council Member and Big Brother, Paul Moran, spoke about his experience with the agency and encouraged guests to become involved as Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the 450 children on the waiting list. “Becoming a Big Brother allowed me to uncover a whole new world and experience what this organization is truly about. It is an honor to help shepherd my Little Brother, Michael, into adulthood and to be involved with the leadership and staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island,” shared Paul.

In addition to thanking Presenting Sponsors FatGuy Media and TCI Technologies and Honoree Thomas Jacoberger, 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:

Gold Sponsor: Wolf Venture Capital; Dinner Sponsor: Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation; Bloody Mary Sponsor: Redhat; Breakfast Sponsor: DonorSaver; Raffle Sponsor: Brighthouse Financial; Cigar Sponsor: The Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club; Cocktail Reception Sponsors: City Park Associates, Shore Office Systems and The Saloy Family; Registration Sponsor: Tim Foley; Awards Sponsor: PWC; Locker Room Sponsor: The Salvatica Family; Golf Ball Sponsor: Broadridge; Golf Cart Sponsor: NY Auto Giant; Driving Range Sponsor: Merrick Madmen; Putting Green Sponsors: Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP and Healy Success Solutions; Gift Sponsor: Wave; Closest to the Pin Sponsors: Mainway Telecom and Howard Shapiro & Associates; Longest Drive Sponsor: Holy Cross High School; Hole in One Sponsor: Van Buren GMC.

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Bigs & Littles Light Up the Runway at Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show

On May 23, 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their annual Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show at The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY. Guests gathered to watch ten featured matches of mentors “Bigs” and children “Littles” light up the runway, modeling a range of looks from “thrift store chic” to formal wear.

Cary Carbonaro, award winning, internationally known personal finance expert, served as the Fashion Show’s guest emcee. As junior host of the event, Little Brother Josiah interviewed attendees on the red carpet and entertained the crowd throughout the night. Big and Little matches modeled the latest fashions from Lord & Taylor, Savers, Southern Tide, Steve Madden and Banana Republic.

In its third year, BBBSLI’s Fashion Show offered attendees the opportunity to witness the fun and dynamic bonds shared between the Big and Little matches. 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.

Big Sister Amanda shared, “It was an amazing experience getting to participate in the Fashion Show with my Little Sister Gia! At first, we were both a little nervous, but then we had so much fun together we didn’t want it to end.”

When asked about his experience modeling with his Big Brother in the Fashion Show, Little Brother Chris said, “I had a lot of fun and each time we walked down the runway it got more and more exciting!”

A big thank you to Guest Emcee, Cary Carbonaro, Junior Host Josiah and all our sponsors. Fashion Sponsors: Lord & Taylor, Savers Thrift Store, Southern Tide, Steve Madden and Banana Republic. Show Sponsors: Cary Carbonaro, Chips Technology Group, Harry Bachrach and Rosenthal & Rosenthal. Sparkle Bar Sponsor: Fortunoff Fine Jewelry. Registration Sponsor: New York Business Systems. Our Glam Squad: Shantini Alleyne and Robert’s Barber Shop and Unisex Salon. Entertainment Sponsor: Events by DJ Rob. Dessert & Coffee to Go Sponsors: National Charity League, Inc. and Starbucks. Thanks to our raffle and swag bag donors and to those who helped in securing them.

Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our gratitude to all our Bigs and Littles whose participation and star performances truly made the Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show such a success!

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