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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. 

To view more photos from the event click here

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 clott@bbbsli.org or (516) 731-7880 X201. You can also visit our website at: http://bbbsli.org/event/holiday-kids-sake-2017/

A Quick Overview of BBBSLI’s Mentoring Programs

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America have received national recognition for improving the attitudes, behaviors and relationships of at-risk children and adolescents. Locally, the Long Island chapter has a proven track record of enriching the lives of ‘Bigs’ and ‘Littles’ through participation in its mentoring programs. (more…)

How a Little Youth Mentoring Enhances the Life of a ‘Big’

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Long Island makes a huge impact on the lives of those in our youth mentoring program. However, the benefits our volunteers receive in return can be equally profound. (more…)

How Big Brothers Big Sisters Donations Help the Environment

Did you know that Long Islanders throw away more than 500 million pounds of clothing every year? As a result, discarded shirts, pants and other types of apparel are rapidly increasing the size of our local landfills. Through Big Brothers Big Sisters donations drives, we do our part to help the environment by diverting 212,000 pounds of toxic textiles from landfills each week. (more…)

Helpful Hints for Long Island Clothing Donations

Did you know Long Islanders throw away 500 million pounds of clothing every year? Often, they dispose of perfectly-good shirts, pants, dresses and suits, which could easily help someone in need. Rather than tossing your old duds next time, you can make a difference by contributing to contribute to Long Island clothing donations, such as Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island. (more…)

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