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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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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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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On Wednesday, February 28th, nearly 200 people packed Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown to attend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) annual Comedy Night, presented by VICOM Computer Services. The show included performances by five talented comedians who had guests laughing the entire night.
“Thank you to our 2018 Comedy Night Presenting Sponsor, VICOM Computer Services, our table sponsors and event attendees! This year’s event was a huge success and it was great to see so many people enjoying a night of laughter and comedy, in support of mentoring on Long Island,” said BBBSLI Director of Development, Meredith McCaslin.
Special thanks to the event’s table sponsors – CHIPS Technology Group, DYCON Enterprises, Executive Business Association, Network Long Island, Michael & Kelly Stanley, Wells Fargo and Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret.) Esq.
Some lucky guests went home with fantastic raffle prizes, including a Hotel Indigo Wine & Spirits Getaway for Two, an RCA 43″ Smart TV, a Black Hawk Imports Basket of Spirits and a Fitbit Charge 2 Health Tracker. Thank you to our generous raffle sponsors, Black Hawk Imports, Hotel Indigo, Mary’s Pizza and Pasta of Farmingdale, and Governor’s Comedy Club
We also want to express our appreciation to Andrea, James and the staff at Governor’s Comedy Club whose service and talent helped make the night a memorable one.
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