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BBBSLI Kicks Off 2017 Poker & Networking Series with “Poker Night”

On Tuesday, March 21st, 110 players kicked off Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) 2017 Poker & Networking Series at “Poker Night”. The event, presented by Clair S. Bartholomew & Son Funeral Home, raised $25,000 and was held at The Main Event in Farmingdale. Proceeds from “Poker Night” directly support BBBSLI’s mentoring programs and will assist the agency in its efforts to recruit more male volunteers for 400 boys that are currently waiting for Big Brothers.

“We’re here tonight, to raise funds needed to identify, recruit, and enroll Big Brothers. We need Big Brothers for the 400 families who have raised their hands to say they want help for their sons,” said BBBSLI Director of Development Jamison Skala. “Only some of you will take home a great prize, but ALL of you will leave here knowing that you’re responsible for changing hundreds of boys lives by helping us give them the Big Brothers they’ve been waiting for”.

David Cohen revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table.  Bradley Siegel and Ryan Kadri finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top PRIZE was a $2,000 Travel Voucher to anywhere in the world. Second prize was an East End Getaway & Dinner in the Dunes, and the third-place winner claimed a twosome to BBBSLI’s June 5th Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club.

A very special thank you to the event’s presenting sponsor, Clair Bartholomew & Sons Funeral Home and to our table sponsors which included: CHIPS Technology Group, City Wide, EBA, Nawrocki Smith CPAs, Steve Madden, Suffolk Federal Credit Union, Tim Foley, and The Whitmore Group.

Thanks also goes to those companies and individuals who donated prizes for the tournament: PC Richard & Son, Hotel Indigo, Steve Madden, Courtyard Travel, and Governors Comedy Club.


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LOL for Mentoring Comedy Night 2017

On Wednesday, February 15th, nearly 200 people packed Governor’s Comedy Club of Levittown to attend Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) annual Comedy Night, presented by Fat Guy Media.

The show included performances by five talented comedians who had guests laughing the entire night! Before they took the stage, BBBSLI’s CEO, Mark Cox and Director of Development, Jamison Skala emphasized how support of fundraising events, like Comedy Night, is directly related to the agency’s ability to serve more children. The room erupted with applause when it was shared that BBBSLI created 207 new matches and served a total of 464 children and their families in 2016.

“We need your help to spread word of our mission and the positive impact of mentoring to as many people as possible. Simply by following us on social media and sharing our posts – you will help us to help more children beat the odds that are stacked against them,” said BBBSLI Director of Development, Jamison Skala.

Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor, Fat Guy Media, and to our table sponsors – Bethpage Federal Credit Union, BCNY, CHIPS Technology Group, Executive Business Asociation, GNP Branded Gear-Greg Parisi, Mineola Florist, VT Mancusi and Wells Fargo Advisors.

Some lucky guests went home with incredible raffle prizes, including Billy Joel concert tickets to his re-opening show of the new Nassau Coliseum, Broadway Show Tickets to “The Great Comet of 1812” Featuring Josh Groban, a Flemington Furs Mink Cape, a Hotel Indigo Wine & Spirits Getaway for Two, a 40” Samsung Smart HD TV, and more. Thanks to our raffle sponsors –, the Nastasi-Silver Group, Flemington Furs, Hotel Indigo, Estee Lauder, Brew Crew Cycle Tours, and P.C. Richards.

We also want to express our thanks to Andrea, and the staff at Governor’s Comedy Club whose service and talent helped make the night a memorable one.


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Winter Blast 2017

On January 21st, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its annual Winter Blast match event presented by Estee Lauder at Dave & Busters in Islandia. This year’s event was attended by over 200 Bigs and Littles, all who enjoyed a fun filled day of games, food and amazing raffles. The event also included a book fair, sponsored by Macy’s, which allowed for every Little to leave with brand new books.

Each match received a Dave & Busters unlimited power play card and 25 raffle tickets to use for the Chinese auction. Raffle prizes included a wide selection of items ranging from a free birthday party at United Skates, wireless speakers, toys, games and multiple gift cards. Bigs also received free raffle tickets for a chance to win a special set of prizes which included Estee Lauder gift baskets, an East End getaway at Hotel Indigo and a flat screen TV.

Separate from the raffle prizes, a variety of free giveaways were distributed including, designer children’s shoes donated by BCNY Synclaire Brands, handmade hats & scarves donated by Care to Knit, winter accessories donated by Steve Madden, cosmetics donated by Cassie Cosmetics and winter coats donated by various Long Island schools.

“The Winter Blast is always one of our favorite events of the year. It is an incredible opportunity for our matches and the BBBSLI team to come together, socialize and have fun! Events like this promote a sense of unity and comradery within the agency. We’re grateful for the donors and volunteers who help to make this possible,” said Nancy Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

BBBSLI coordinates match activities and events throughout the year as part of its on-going professional support of our programs mentoring relationships. The Winter Blast has become a highly anticipated event for both our Bigs and Littles.

A special thank you goes to Estee Lauder. In addition to their financial support as presenting sponsor, 25 Estee Lauder employees from the Asian Affinity and Hispanic Connections groups volunteered their time to help at the event.

Feeling the excitement in the room and seeing the enjoyment on the faces of our matches truly made this event a “blast” for everyone in attendance.


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The Magic of Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016

Thanks to the generosity of more than 80 individuals, families, friends, and companies Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016 created MAGIC for more than 300 Children (145 Families) across Long Island.

This year, 100% of the children received EVERY item from their special wish list along with many other gifts based on their age and interests!

51 volunteer drivers (many who were accompanied by their children & family members) delivered more than 1,000 Gifts & more than 3,000 lbs. of food to the doorsteps of all those families!

Thank you to everyone who made Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016 a success! Your generosity has created magical memories for children and families in need across Long Island! Happy Holidays!

See below or click here to enjoy a brief montage highlighting the Magic of Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2016.







Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Hosts “All-In” Poker Tournament

On Tuesday, November 15th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) presented its annual ‘All-In’ Poker Tournament as part of its Poker & Networking event series. 100 players competed in the event, sponsored by Steve Madden, held at The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar in Farmingdale. The event raised nearly $25,000 in support of quality mentoring on Long Island.

Evan Pfeffer revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Tim Foley and David Finkel finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top prize was a $2,500 Traveler’s Choice Voucher. Second prize was a Hotel Indigo East End getaway & Crème de la Mer package for two and the third place winner received a twosome to BBBSLI’s 2017 Golf Tournament at Muttontown.

“While Evan was crowned the tournament champion, everyone that came out to play or network is a champion in the eyes of the children and families we serve.  Their generous support tonight and throughout the year allows us to make a bigger difference in the lives of more children each and every day,” said Jamison Skala, BBBSLI Director of Development.

BBBSLI would like to express its appreciation to the events presenting sponsor Steve Madden. Special thanks to the night’s table sponsors: Clair S. Bartholomew & Son, Inc. Funeral Home, CHIPS, EBA, Freedom Mortgage, Merrick Madmen, Mineola Lions and Nerium International.

Additional thanks to those companies and individuals who donated prizes for the tournament including: Hofstra University, Hotel Indigo East End, PC Richard & Son, RGD Marketing, Stand UP NY and Steven Madden.

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18th Annual Presidential Gala Raises $225,000 for Mentoring on L.I.

On Thursday, October 6th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its 18th Annual Presidential Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY.  As the mentoring agency’s premiere fundraising event of the year, the Gala drew 340 guests and raised $225,000 for BBBSLI to continue providing quality mentoring and support services to Long Island’s youth.

This year’s Gala honored “Man of the Year” Rich Grossi, Executive Vice President – Product and Engineering, OpenLink and “Couple of the Year” The Honorable Scott Horowitz, President, Shore Line Insurance & Pamela Horowitz, Business & Mathematics Teacher, Westhampton Beach H.S.

The highlight of the evening was hearing from Big Brother Barry and Little Brother Phil who spoke about their close bond and the impact being matched has had on their lives. Phil talked about how Barry’s wisdom has shown him a new way of thinking that has had an immense positive effect on his life.

Guests listened intently as Phil shared a story about an especially profound moment when Barry took a quarter out of his pocket and explained that whether the coin lands on heads or tails it has the same exact worth. He used it as an analogy to instill the life lesson in Phil that he is always worth the same amount whether it was his best of days or worst of days. Phil explained how this one moment with Barry helped change his entire mindset in a positive way. Not only did this life lesson help him personally, but Phil explained how he was able to pay it forward when he helped a suffering friend by remembering what Barry taught him with the quarter analogy.

In addition to Phil and Barry, a dozen more Littles and their Big Brothers & Sisters joined us at this year’s event. The event included a Chinese auction raffle featuring a variety of prizes and guests also had the opportunity to bid on incredible silent auction items.

BBBSLI would like extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s honorees and its sponsors for helping to make our 18th Annual Gala such a success.  Thank you to our VICE PRESIDENTIAL Sponsors — Frank J. Antun Foundation, Jen & Rich Grossi, OpenLink, Shore Line Insurance, and Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret.), Esq.; SENATE Sponsors — Darby Dental Supply and New York Community Bank; CONGRESSIONAL Sponsors — Advantage Title, Bob Catell, CHIPS Technology Group, Hellman & Friedman, Macy’s and VICOM; PARTY Sponsors — Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPA’s, Katz Zlotnick & Associates/Applied Pension Services and Lazer Aptheker Rosella & Yedid; LINEN Sponsor — The Finishing Touch; and MATCH Sponsors — Koeppel Martone & Leistman and Michael Stern, Wells Fargo Advisors.

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