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The Long Island Insurance Community Awards $7,500 Grant to BBBSLI

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has been awarded a $7,500 grant from The Long Island Insurance Community (LIIC), an organization dedicated to bringing the insurance community together to change the lives of Long Islanders in need. The grant will be used to support BBBSLI’s Healthy Littles Series and will also help the mentoring agency serve more children across Long Island.

“BBBSLI is honored to receive this grant from The Long Island Insurance Community,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “I’d like to express our appreciation to LIIC members Scott Horowitz and Susan Torrey, for sponsoring our nomination for this grant. We are thrilled to extend our ability to support the children we serve by providing the health and wellness events included in our Healthy Littles Series.”

The Long Island Insurance Community began in 1995, when a dozen LI insurance industry leaders got together to create a vehicle to give back to the community and to those less fortunate. Today, the LIIC has more than 500 insurance industry executives and business leaders who have helped to raise over $5 million for Long Island charities. The LIIC raises funds at their annual gala, which honors industry and business leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to the community and improving the quality of life for their neighbors.

Designed to promote health and wellness, BBBSLI’s Healthy Littles Series includes a full calendar of no-cost events that teach Littles basic skills for healthy living, including exercise and nutrition. BBBSLI partners with professionals throughout the community to offer a variety of events including nutrition and cooking classes, yoga, dance instruction, sports clinics, bike riding, fitness boot camp and swimming lessons.

22 Hofstra Littles Surprised with New Bikes!

The magic of the holidays came early for 22 Littles, enrolled in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) Hofstra University Site Based mentoring program, when they were surprised with brand-new bikes!

The big surprise took place at a Hofstra Men’s Basketball game during a special presentation recognizing the 10-year partnership between BBBSLI and Hofstra. The Littles received a huge surprise as they saw Hofstra Athletes riding on to the court with the bikes, donated by Bikes for Kids in America, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children feel the joy and freedom of riding his or her own bike.

We’re grateful for our partnerships with Hofstra University and Bikes for Kids in America. Special thanks goes to the Hofstra Athletics Department for their continued support and coordination of this event. #GoPRIDE!

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Players Go “All-In” at Poker Tournament Raising Nearly $30,000 in Support of Mentoring on L.I.

On Tuesday, November 14th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) presented its annual “All-In” Poker Tournament as part of its Poker & Networking event series. Over 100 players registered for the event, presented by Steve Madden, held at The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar in Farmingdale. The event raised nearly $30,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.

Barry Levine revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Bill Nafpliotis and Mike Byrne finished in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. The top prize was a $2,500 Traveler’s Choice Voucher. Second prize was two tickets to see Billy Joel at Madison Square Garden and the third-place winner received a 43” LG 4K Smart TV.

“As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, it was great to see so many players generously give to help those who are less fortunate,” said BBBSLI CEO, Mark Cox. “The money raised tonight will help our agency serve more at-risk children across Long Island.”

BBBSLI would like to express its appreciation to the event’s presenting sponsor Steve Madden. Special thanks to the night’s table sponsors: CHIPS Technology Group, International Integrated Solutions, Ltd, Merrick Madmen, Red Hat, Inc., Rosemont Press Inc., Statewide Roofing and Tim Foley.

Additional thanks to those companies who donated prizes for the tournament including: All-Shows, Hotel Indigo, Oheka Castle, PC Richards, Red Hat, Inc. and Steve Madden. 

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BBBSLI Celebrates Halloween with Spooktacular Party

Happy Halloween! BBBSLI matches, family members and staff put on their costumes and came together at the Westbury office on Sunday, October 29, 2017 for a spooktacular Halloween party! Festivities included a door decorating contest, toilet paper Bride & Groom of Frankenstein competition and other fun Halloween themed games. Littles were then invited to go office to office trick-or treating where they received a variety of fun giveaways.

We would like to express our appreciation to Estee Lauder Good Works Volunteers who helped run the party and to the National Charity League Inc., Garden City Chapter for managing the party set up and for bringing the beautiful desserts for everyone to enjoy!

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Pumpkin Patch Sales to Benefit BBBSLI

BBBSLI matches and staff came together on Saturday, October 7, 2017 as we helped the Parkway Community Church unload over 2,000 BIG Pumpkins. Matches worked hard throughout the weekend to set up and help sell pumpkins, pies and decorations.

We’ll be there each weekend until the 22nd and would love our BBBSLI friends to stop by and help support the sales as BBBSLI was chosen as one of several fantastic charities to share in the proceeds from their annual Pumpkin Patch.

Where: Parkway Community Church Pumpkin Patch, 95 Stewart Avenue, Hicksville, NY 11801

When: Now through October 22

Hours of Operation: Mon.-Fri. 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

BBBSLI 40th Anniversary Gala Celebration Raises Over $200,000 for Mentoring on L.I.

On Thursday, October 5th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its Annual Presidential Gala celebrating the mentoring agency’s 40th Anniversary at The Inn at New Hyde Park in New Hyde Park, NY. As the mentoring agency’s premiere fundraising event of the year, the Gala drew 300 guests and raised over $200,000 for BBBSLI to continue providing mentoring and support services to Long Island’s youth.

“Thanks to the extraordinary support from sponsors and honorees over the past 19 years, our annual Gala has raised more than $5 million dollars in gross revenue for the agency. These funds raised each year at this event help us provide more children with the quality mentoring services that have remained a constant over the last 40 years,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox.

In celebration of BBBSLI’s 40th Anniversary, this year’s event included a special presentation recognizing all the agency’s former Gala Honorees. Special homage was also given to BBBSLI’s former CEO, Bill Tymann, who led the agency from 1979 through 2014. Mr. Tymann received a full room standing ovation as he accepted a special award in honor of his 34 years of leadership and service helping children on Long Island.

In addition to former honorees and supporters, several Littles and their Big Brothers & Sisters attended this year’s event. The Gala included a Chinese auction raffle featuring a variety of prizes and guests also had the opportunity to bid on incredible silent and live auction items.

BBBSLI would like to extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s sponsors for helping to make our Annual Gala such a success. Thank you to our VICE PRESIDENTIAL SPONSORS: Carolyn Sanchez-Woycik, Esq. & Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret), Esq., Four Seasons Sunrooms and Windows; SECRETARY OF STATE SPONSOR: Darby Dental Supply, LLC; SENATE SPONSORS: BNY Mellon Wealth Management, Koeppel Martone & Leistman, LLP, New York Community Bank, Total Bank Solutions, CONGRESSIONAL SPONSORS: Frank J. Antun Foundation, CHIPS Technology Group, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPA’s PC, Macy’s, New York Auto Giant, OpenLink, ProNational Title Agency, LLC, VICOM Computer Services, Inc.; PARTY SPONSORS: Advantage Title, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Katz Zlotnick & Associates /Applied Pension Services, Lewis Johs Avallone Aviles, LLP, Sandra Capek-O’Grady and Tim O’Grady, New York Spine Institute, Su¬ffolk Federal; MATCH SPONSOR: Robert Madden & Family.

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