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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.

Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake Event Raises $15,000 for Mentoring on LI

On September 16th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) raised $15,000 at its Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake event! Riders and passengers arrived at the E. David Woycik, Jr. Building in Westbury for breakfast, where they each received a pair of Harley Davidson sunglasses donated by Castle Merchandising, Inc., before heading east for a scenic ride to Greenport, NY. After the ride, nearly 30 supporters gathered to enjoy lunch at Claudio’s Restaurant.

BBBSLI would like to express our appreciation to the riders and to all those who helped support this event with their financial donations.

Back-to-School Shopping Trip for 50 Lucky Littles

Thanks to a generous donation from Smithtown Acura, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island was recently able to provide 50 children with a back-to-school shopping trip at Walmart! 50 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 notepad, calculator and 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 Smithtown Acura for the generous donation! We also want to wish all our Littles best of luck for the upcoming 2017-18 school year!

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.

To view a complete list of the 2017 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament winners please visit

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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