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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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.
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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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.