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Hamptons Offshore Invitational Raises $240,000 for Mentoring on the East End

On Sunday, August 20th the sun set on the 17th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament (HOI), 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 $240,000 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 us continue to change lives of children on the East End.”

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 Dave O’connor of Hampton Bays as the winner of the 23’ Open Center Console Fishing Boat provided by Sportsman Boats.

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BBBSLI would like to give special thanks to the Chairman of the Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament, Scott Horowitz, and to all of the sponsors who helped support this event including: Platinum Sponsors: White Water Custom Sportfish Boats, George Vickers, Jr. Enterprises, Harry Bachrach, Shore Line Insurance, Wahl Rich Group, White Water Outfitters, Owen & Laurie Schwartz. Gold Sponsors: Advantage Title, Prime Marina Group, Sportsman Boats, Hampton Watercraft, Haskell Local Outfitters, Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Riverhead Building & Supply, South Shore Docks, Spellman’s Marine, Staten Island Yachts Sales, United Yachts Sales, Unity Electric, East Hampton Dental Group, ZBF Geothermal. Captain’s Meeting Hospitality Sponsor: Overtemp Marine. Valet Sponsor: Village Auto Body. Silver Sponsors: Fish & Wildlife Unlimited Taxidermy, Inc., Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club, Dave Bofill Marine, Montauk Tackle, Big Daddy Tournament Outfitters, Shore Line Bulkheading. Trophy Sponsors: Trident Funding, Sea Tow Shinnecock/Moriches, Redgrave Electric Maintenance, Bay Gas Service.

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Annual Presidential Gala Kick-Off Reception

On July 13th, supporters gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) Gala Kickoff Reception. The event raised nearly $100,000 for BBBSLI’s Annual Presidential Gala set to take place on October 5th at The Inn at New Hyde Park. In honor of the mentoring agency’s 40th Anniversary, this year’s Gala will feature a tribute to past Gala honorees.

The night included remarks from former Little Sister and scholarship recipient, Jessica, who talked about the positive impact BBBSLI’s mentoring program has had on her life. She shared the important role her Big Sister Nikki played in helping her achieve her goal of attending college this past fall to pursue a career in the automotive industry. Jessica proudly spoke about her plans for the future and shared her hope of becoming a Big Sister.

BBBSLI would like to express its sincere gratitude to the companies and individuals who purchased sponsorships, tables and journal ads for the upcoming Gala event. We truly appreciate the generosity of all those who donated including: Carolyn and Retired Col. E. David Woycik, Jr., Darby Dental, Frank J. Antun Foundation, BNY Mellon, VICOM, OpenLink, Macy’s, CHIPS Technology Group, Atlantic Auto Group, Cohen Hoenigmann and Badolato CPA’s PC, Jaspan Schlesinger LLP, Advantage Title, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, ADP, Meyer Suozzi English & Klein & Nature’s Bounty.

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“Summer Sizzle” Poker Tournament Raises Money for Mentoring on L.I.

On July 11th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held their 2017 “Summer Sizzle” Poker Tournament presented by ZBF Geothermal at The Main Event in Farmingdale. Players of all different skill levels doubled down to raise more than $20,000 in support of youth mentoring on Long Island.

“I would like thank our presenting sponsor ZBF Geothermal for their continued support of this event,” said BBBSLI CEO, Mark Cox. “It was great to see so many players step up and purchase the $200 chip special during the add-on period in support of helping our agency recruit the Big Brothers we need for the 400 plus boys on our waiting list.”

Richard Silvia revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Todd Althenn and David Moll finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top prize was a $2,500 travel voucher. Second prize was a Foursome of Golf at Lawrence Yacht and Country Club and the third-place winner received a “Finest at First” Autographed Baseball Collage valued at $500.

All players who finished in the top 10 received great prizes including an East End Wine Getaway at Hotel Indigo, a 43” Hitachi Smart LED TV, a Steve Madden Limited Fashion Prize Pack and a Fitbit Charge 2.

A very special thank you to the event’s presenting sponsor, ZBF Geothermal and our table sponsors which included: Advantage Title, CHIPS Technology Group, EBA, Mineola Lions Club, Merrick Madmen, Praveen Anumolu and Steve Madden.

We also want to thank the event Prize Sponsors including: Hotel Indigo, Lawrence Yacht and Country Club, L.I. Picture Frame, PC Richards, & and Steve Madden.



BBBSLI Hosts Walk for Kids’ Sake 5K, Little Fun Run & Family Picnic

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.

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

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.

Bigs & Littles Light Up the Runway at BBBSLI Fashion Show 2017

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.



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