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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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BBBSLI Honors Bigs at 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Reception & Big Night Out

On Tuesday, April 24th, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) celebrated their volunteer mentors (Bigs) at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Big Night Out, presented by Darby Dental Supply Inc.. Suffolk Federal and Glass & Dooley CPA’s. Volunteers, Board and President’s Council members, along with their guests, 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, held during National Volunteer Month, also recognized BBBSLI’s 2018 Scholarship award recipients.

“The event was an incredible night for the agency, it was a great opportunity to bring together our Board of Directors, Presidents Council, our volunteers and the 2018 Scholarship recipients as well as their special guests. This year is a record year both in number of scholars selected and our highest total of $86,000.00 awarded”, said Nancy Farrell Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “The interaction between all of the people that are committed to the agency’s mission coming together to celebrate, made for a powerful event”.

The evening’s program recognized all the Bigs for the many ways they give of themselves to positively impact the lives of their Littles. Also acknowledged were BBBSLI’s 2018 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, 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 Supply Inc. for their sponsorship of the Volunteer Appreciation Reception, to honor our Bigs for all they do. Appreciation also goes to our Big Night Out sponsors Suffolk Federal and Glass & Dooley CPA’s; Bar Sponsor, Center for Wealth Preservation; and Entertainment Sponsor, Events by DJ Rob.

Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our deepest appreciation to all 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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BBBSLI Holds First Career & College Information Night

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) was thrilled to host its first Career and College Information Night presented by National Recruiting Group and Starbucks. The event, held at BBBSLI’s Westbury office, was a perfect complement to the agency’s Healthy Littles Series, which focuses on preparing Littles for the next step in their lives.

“What a great night, we’ve already outgrown our space for this event and we’re planning for next year, but our success tonight can be directly attributed to our incredible volunteers that include the Bigs that came with their Little’s ready to help, the 75 volunteers that came to share their time and life experiences with Littles and our staff that helped every step of the way”, shared Nancy Farrell Travers, BBBSLI Director of Services. She added, “We especially want to thank the Starbucks partners from District 712, who were organized by our very own Big, Mikail Jones, that came ready to help and the professionals from National Recruiting Group, who met individually with each match to help the Littles create their first resumes and gain critical employment advice. We’re grateful for the time and care shown to all of our young professionals”.

From the start, there was an overwhelming response from matches and volunteers willing to come speak to the Littles and to gather professional clothing. The event was fantastic, every Little wrote their first resume, learned how to apply for a job and picked up interviewing pointers. The Littles were even treated to a session with volunteer “stylists” that helped them to tie their own ties and select some professional dress clothing. This event also became a recruiting event, as some of our representatives applied to become Bigs!

BBBSLI would like to express its appreciation to National Recruiting Group and Starbucks for sponsoring this event as well as thank all the representatives who made the event possible including: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Dental Hygienist Lauren Pulaski, Dr. Janine Kelly, Dress for Success, Estee Lauder, Gates and Goldstein L.L.P., Long Island Nets, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, National Business Capital, Nassau Community College, Nassau County Department of Human Services, New York Institute of Technology, Sports Performance Group, United States Navy and Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Universal Technical Institute and Van Horn and Friedman P.C.

We look forward to adding even more representatives from the community as this becomes an annual event.

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Timothy M. Foley Appointed to BBBSLI Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced the appointment of Timothy M. Foley to its Board of Directors.

Mr. Foley is a Senior Vice President and Senior Client Manager at Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Global Commercial Bank, providing financial services to companies in the NY Metro area.  He has been actively involved with BBBSLI since 2008. 

“We are excited to have Tim Foley join our Board of Directors. The passion and excitement he puts into everything he does will be a tremendous asset for our agency,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “Tim’s ability to rally others in support of our mission will be invaluable as we expand our services to serve more children across Long Island.”  

Tim is also a member of NYU Winthrop Hospital’s Board of Regents and the Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club. Tim completed his undergraduate degree in Finance at LIU and earned dual MBAs from Columbia University and University of California at Berkley.

“When first introduced to BBBSLI, I was immediately moved by the stories of the children that have been helped through the agency’s mentoring program,” said Tim Foley. “I am proud to be appointed to the Board of an organization that plays such an important role in our community and I am excited to continue my commitment in this new role.”

He and his wife, Juliana, live in Garden City with their two sons, Timothy and Alexander, and two dogs.

 

More Than $20,000 Raised for Mentoring on L.I. at BBBSLI’s 2018 “Poker Night”

On Tuesday, March 20th, close to 100 players gathered at The Main Event in Farmingdale for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) 2018 “Poker Night”. The event, presented by The Integrated, raised more than $20,000 in support of the mentoring agency’s programs across Long Island.

“Another fun and lively Poker Tournament in the books! Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors and event attendees, the funds raised tonight will allow our agency to provide more children across Long Island with quality mentoring services,” said BBBSLI Director of Development Meredith McCaslin.

Jim Kiley revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table.  Jim Costa, Sr. and Ben Cooper finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top prize was a three-piece luggage set and $1,500 Travel Voucher to anywhere in the world. Second prize was an RCA 43” Smart TV, and the third-place winner took home an overnight East End Wine Tasting Getaway.

BBBSLI would like to express our appreciation to presenting sponsor The Integrated. Thank you to our Ace Sponsors: CHIPS Technology Group, Merrick Madmen and Red Hat as well as our Queen Sponsors: Statewide Roofing and Steve Madden.

We also want to recognize those companies and individuals who generously donated prizes; Hotel Indigo East End, Kristin Thorne, NYCB Live!, Skytop Lodge, Steve Madden, The Main Event, The Paramount, and WABC-TV.

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BBBSLI Kicks Off Campaign to Renovate Family Rooms in Westbury & Islandia Offices

Thanks to a tremendous donation from Bob’s Discount Furniture, we have kicked off our $7,500 campaign to renovate the Family Room in both our Westbury and Islandia offices.

When families and volunteers visit our offices, we don’t want them to feel like they are visiting an agency. The interview processes can be long and tiring, and creating a comfortable place to sit while they wait to enjoy a movie, play a board game, read a book, or complete a craft is what we look to provide them with. When Littles and Bigs are accepted in the program, they become part of our family and we want a visit to our offices to feel more like home.

You can continue the ripple that Bob’s Discount Furniture has started by donating todayNo amount is too “Little” when your heart is so “Big”.

With your donation, we can do all of this and more:

– Purchase new furniture

– Create a space for learning

– Provide arts and crafts

– Install a fully stocked bookshelf

– Purchase new throw rugs

– Provide mats for floor activities

– Purchase televisions for each location

– Install new lighting

Donors of $150 or more will be recognized on a plaque in each family room location.

All donors to the campaign will be recognized in the year-end 2018 Newsletter.


HOW TO GIVE:

1. Visit our website http://bbbsli.org/annual-fund-2017-18/  and either choose a pre-set amount or enter one of your own.

2. Under “Area of Support” select Annual Fund or Family Room

3. Enter in your personal information and click “Submit”

4. You will then be taken to the payment screen where you can pay via PayPal or credit card

We thank you in advance for your support of our agency and can’t wait to share our progress with you!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island