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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.

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 or (516) 731-7880 X201. You can also visit our website at:

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…)

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