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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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More than $15,000 Raised at 5th Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake Event

On September 17th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) raised more than $15,000 at its 5th Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake event!

20 supporters on their motorcycles came together and hit the road to promote BBBSLI and our mission to provide one-to-one mentoring to at-risk youth across Long Island.  The funds raised at this year’s ride will allow BBBSLI to provide mentors to children who have been waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister to call their own. 

With the sun shining, riders arrived to the E. David Woycik, Jr. Building in Levittown for breakfast, where they each received a pair of custom fit Harley Davidson sunglasses, before heading east for a scenic ride to Greenport, NY where they enjoyed 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. 

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

On Sunday, August 21st the sun set on the 16th 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 59 registered boats and raised nearly $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 Jamison Skala, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “The support we receive goes beyond a dollar amount as this 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 500 people gathering at the tournament awards dinner. After announcing the winners of each division and species, the Doug Oakland Memorial Trophy was awarded for the most bigeye tuna caught during the tournament. To view a complete list of the 2016 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament winners please visit

The crowd filled with anticipation as the winning raffle ticket was pulled announcing Scott Rucky as the winner of the 23’ Center Console Sportsman Fishing Boat provided by White Water Custom Sportfish Boats.

BBBSLI would like to give special thanks 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. Gold Sponsors: Owen & Laurie Schwartz, Sportsman Boats, Hampton Watercraft, Haskell’s Bait & Tackle, Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Riverhead Building & Supply, South Shore Docks, Spellman’s Marine, Staten Island Yachts, Unity Electric, East Hampton Dental Group. Captain’s Meeting Sponsor: Absolute Detailing & Overtemp Marine. Valet Sponsor: Village Auto Body. Silver Sponsors: Framingham Foundation, Fish & Wildlife Unlimited Taxidermy, Inc., Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club, Dave Bofill Marine, Bridgehampton National Bank, Montauk Brewing Co. Trophy Sponsors: Robert Kandell, Dave Baroncelli, Trident Funding, Sea Tow Shinnecock/Moriches, Shore Line Bulkheading. Sponsors Kandell Farnworth and Pubins, US Merchant Marine Academy.

Thanks and congratulations to Pamela & Scott Horowitz, who are being honored as “Couple of the Year” at BBBSLI’s Presidential Gala (October 6th) for their many years of service to this tournament and all the children who’ve benefited from BBBSLI’s east end mentoring programs over the years.  For event & sponsorship information, or to buy tickets, please click here 

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