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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.

Meredith McCaslin Named Director of Development for BBBSLI

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) proudly announces Meredith McCaslin as the agency’s Director of Development. Meredith will oversee all fundraising programs and events supporting the BBBSLI mission to provide quality mentoring services to children across Long Island.

“Meredith is a great addition to the BBBSLI team and brings a tremendous amount of experience working with nationally recognized charities,” said BBBSLI CEO Mark Cox. “Her energy along with the network she has developed through her various positions will be very beneficial for our agency.”


Meredith comes to BBBSLI with over 10 years of fundraising, stewardship, and community development experience. Throughout her career, Meredith has specialized in fund development for nationally recognized charities including the American Heart Association, JDRF, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.


Prior to her new position, her background includes working as the Executive Director of Admissions & Institutional Advancement at The Knox School in St. James and serving as Regional Director of the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women initiative. Her experience also covers donor stewardship, managing partnership relationships and cultivating sponsors.


Meredith holds a BS in Sports Management from the State University of New York College at Cortland where she was a four-year member of their tennis team. She is the Co-Chair of the Melville Chamber of Commerce Young Professional Group & Committee Member for their Business Expo. Additionally, she serves as a YPG Board Member for New Ground and as a Butterfly Awards Committee Member & Program Mentor for Girls Inc. In 2015, Meredith was recognized by the Melville Chamber of Commerce as their Young Professional of the Year and 2017, was recognized by Long Island Business News as a recipient of their 40 Under 40 Award.

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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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Holiday for Kids’ Sake – How You Can Participate

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is proud to work with donors to sponsor over 300 children in our annual Holiday for Kids’ Sake Program. We would like your help to make this holiday season special for a child. Here are ways to participate:

– Sponsor a teen or family, we’ll provide you with the first name, gender, age, sizes, and favorite colors/teams of the teen or family you sponsor. We’ll also provide you with their three “wish list” items (under $30 each).

– Donate new & unwrapped gifts we need most including: Adult size Hoodies, Adult size Leggings, Winter Coats, Socks, Sporting Goods- Basketballs, Soccer balls and Footballs, Bath/Body Gift Baskets, Headphones, Makeup/Costume Jewelry, Books/Board Games, Arts & Crafts

– Donate gift cards including: Target, Old Navy, Walmart, Toys-R-Us, iTunes, Best Buy, Game Stop

All donations must be received by Monday, December 11, 2017. To become a sponsor, donate gifts or for more information, please contact Chuck Lott at or (516) 731-7880 X201. You can also visit our website at:

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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