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For more than 30 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island (BBBSLI) has helped local children reach their full potential. Through contributions of time, money and clothing, Long Islanders have positively impacted the lives of local children facing adversity.
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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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Over two dozen children who were once afraid of the water and lacked basic safety skills are now swimming thanks to free 1-on-1 swim lessons offered by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) who teamed up with the Levittown Swim Association (LSA) to provide swim lessons this summer. The swim lessons were part of BBBSLI’s Summer Series which included a variety of free activities for kids and their mentors to participate in together.
“For many of the kids, it was their first time learning to swim, most were fearful, but each one learned basic skills and had 1-on-1 instruction. We can’t fully express our gratitude to the LSA leadership and the volunteer swimmers who were simply incredible,” said Nancy Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.
LSA is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization swimming program where children develop and learn competitive swimming skills, and then use them to compete against each other in swim meets during the season.
” Levittown Swimming Association is all about kids helping kids. When BBBSLI approached us to give swim lessons to children who didn’t swim, our swimmers could not step up fast enough”, said Carol Wyckoff, LSA President.
Watching the best swimmers in the world compete in the Olympics is a great reminder that until a young person is given the opportunity to learn … there is no telling what they are capable of achieving.
BBBSLI would like to express its deep appreciation to the Levittown Swim Association (LSA) and all of the volunteer instructors. Special thanks to LSA leadership Carol Wyckoff, Sarah Greer and Tracey Tucci who worked closely with us to make this amazing opportunity possible!
View News 12 story to hear Little Brother Sebastien and his Big Brother Tom talk about the swim lessons in their own words: https://youtu.be/A8qhgX3C7Ss
Held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday is a social media movement that celebrates giving and the generosity of people to bring about real change in their local communities. The spirit of #GivingTuesday was exemplified when Bikes for Kids in America donated 20 brand new bikes to children in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) workplace mentoring program at OpenLink.
“OpenLink is very proud to partner with the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and the Bikes for Kids in America organizations. The reach and impact of these two organizations is truly remarkable. They continue to touch the lives of so many children on Long Island,” said Rich Grossi, Executive Vice President of Global Operations and Support at OpenLink.
Grossi noted that workplace mentoring is something that OpenLink believes in strongly as it not only provides positive role models for children, but also allows employees the ability to give back to our local community. “The OpenLink employees who volunteered to mentor were truly touched to see the joy on the children’s faces when they received bikes from the Bikes for Kids in America organization. This was a special day for all involved.”
Bikes for Kids in America is a non-profit organization with the goal of helping every child feel the joy and freedom of riding his or her own bike. For many kids facing adversity, receiving a new bike of their own is something they can only dream about. That dream came true for the 20 children in BBBSLI’s work place mentoring program at OpenLink.
“When I first learned about the workplace mentoring program and the wonderful partnership between BBBSLI and OpenLink, I wanted Bikes for Kids in America be involved some way”, said Enrico DeLuca, President & Founder of Bikes for Kids in America. “I coordinated with BBBSLI and Rich Grossi to work out the details to deliver 20 bikes, helmets and locks to the kids in the program. It was such a great day, bringing smiles to the faces of these special kids”.
This real life example of giving created joy in the lives of 20 children that will hopefully inspire them to pay it forward in the future. On #GivingTuesday and every day, there are opportunities for ordinary people to come together to do extraordinary things. To learn how you can give to make a difference in the lives of children on Long Island facing adversity visit: bbbsli.org
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