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2019 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Fishing Tournament Raises Over $200,000 for Mentoring on Long Island

On Sunday, August 18th the sun set on the 19th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational (HOI) Fishing Tournament, benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI). The nine-day tournament, hosted by The Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club (SMTC), had over 50 registered boats and raised more than $200,000 to support BBBSLI’s mentoring programs for children facing adversity on the East End of Long Island. 

For years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island has been serving children on the East End of Long Island with their High School Bigs Mentoring Programs in Hampton Bays and Sag Harbor.

“It is wonderful to have the support of so many sponsors, anglers and dinner guests helping to make this year’s tournament such a success,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. The support we received at this event will help change lives of children facing adversity on the East End by allowing us to increase the number of local children served by our mentoring programs.”

Headquartered at Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina in Hampton Bays, NY the tournament closed with 500 people gathering at the awards dinner. After announcing the winners of each division and species, the crowd filled with anticipation as the winning raffle ticket was pulled announcing Fred Kossen of Hampton Bays, NY as the winner of the 23’ Open Center Console Fishing Boat provided by Sportsman Boats.

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BBBSLI would like to give special thanks to the Chairman of the Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament, Scott Horowitz, and to all the sponsors who helped support this event including Platinum Sponsors: George Vickers, Harry Bacharach Inc, Owen and Laurie Schwartz, Pure Dental, Shore Line Insurance, Statewide Roofing and White Water Custom Sportfish Boats. Gold Sponsors: Haskell Local Outfitters, Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Riverhead Building Supply, South Shore Docks, Spellman’s Marine, Staten Island Yachts Sales, Strong’s Marine, United Yachts Sales and Unity Electric. Silver Sponsors: Advantage Title, Dave Bofill Marine Inc., Framingham Foundation, Overtemp Marine and Psycho Bunny. Valet Sponsor: Village Auto Body and Trophy Sponsor: Trident Funding.

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Bert Lurch and Michael Quattrucci Appointed to BBBSLI Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced the appointment of Bert Lurch and Michael Quattrucci to its Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the Board, both men have been involved with BBBSLI serving on the mentoring agency’s President’s Council. Bert Lurch is Co-Founder and CEO of E Central Medical Management (ECM), a full-service medical billing and practice management firm. Mike Quattrucci is Vice President of Sales at Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver high-performing technologies.

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BBBSLI Holds 23rd Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, June 3rd, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 23rd Annual Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, NY. This year’s tournament honored brothers Michael Mone, CEO, Harry Bachrach Inc. and Jamie Mone, COO, Harry Bachrach Inc. The annual event is held to raise funds in support of mentoring on Long Island.

“We are so happy Mother Nature provided us with perfect weather, allowing everyone to enjoy a great day of golf on the beautiful course at Muttontown,” said Meredith McCaslin, Director of Development, Corporate & Event Giving for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “We truly appreciate the generosity and support of the sponsors, golfers and our honorees, all who helped make this event a success for the agency”.

Tournament guests began their day with brunch on the outdoor patio before warming up at the driving range and putting greens. The day continued with golfers enjoying a barbecue lunch, cocktail reception, dinner, awards ceremony and raffles.

During dinner, Big Sister Audrey Mars, spoke about her experience being matched with her Little Sister Shelby for the past five years. “My Little Sister Shelby and I have constantly encouraged each other to take risks and learn from them. I have seen this skill translate into different areas of Shelby’s life and I’ve witnessed her transformation into a fearless young lady who will be attending college at SUNY Cortland this fall,” shared Audrey. She also thanked guests for their support in helping to raise funds needed for the mentoring agency to thrive.

In addition to thanking Honorees Michael Mone and Jamie Mone, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island would like to express appreciation to those who donated raffle and silent auction prizes, all the golfers and tournament sponsors including:

Silver Co-Sponsors: Rosenthal & Rosenthal and Jassin Consulting Group; Dinner Sponsor: Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation; Bloody Mary Sponsor: Red Hat; Breakfast Sponsor: Brighthouse Financial; Cigar Sponsor: The Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club; Raffle Sponsor: DonorSaver; Cocktail Reception Sponsors: Dime and Shore Office Systems; Golf Cart Sponsor: Contract Pharmacal Corp.; Beverage Cart Sponsor: Contract Pharmacal Corp.; Driving Range Sponsor: Contract Pharmacal Corp.; Award Sponsor: Restivo & Murphy LLP; Closest to the Pin Sponsors: Piping Rock and VICOM ProServ; Putting Green Sponsor: Merrick Madmen and Longest Drive Sponsor: EBA.

Thanks also goes to Jake G. Photography for photographing the event, Mineola Florist for providing the beautiful centerpieces and to the entire staff at the Muttontown Club.

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Photo credit: Jake G. Photography

Bigs & Littles Light Up The Runway at BBBSLI 2019 Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show

On May 2, 2019, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 4th Annual Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show presented by Bridgehampton National Bank at Lord & Taylor in Garden City, NY. Guests gathered to watch 12 featured matches of mentors “Bigs” and children “Littles” light up the runway, modeling a range of looks from sporty to formal wear.

Chuck Lott, External Program Relations Manager for BBBSLI and Little Brother Josiah, entertained the crowd serving as the Fashion Show’s co-emcees. Big and Little matches modeled the latest styles from Host Sponsor, Lord & Taylor.

In its fourth year, BBBSLI’s Fashion Show offered attendees the opportunity to witness the fun and dynamic bonds shared between the Big and Little matches. The event also highlighted the positive impact the Bigs have had on their Littles’ increased confidence and self-esteem. Throughout the show, matches found creative ways to incorporate their unique personalities into their runway performances.

Big Sister Michele shared, “I had such a great time modeling with my Little. It was sooooo much fun and she felt like a goddess!”

When asked about her experience modeling with her Big Sister in the Fashion Show, Little Sister Daniella said, “I felt gorgeous, like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon. My Big Sister does so much to help me and I felt really proud doing this together with her by my side!”

A big thank you to the event’s Presenting Sponsor Bridgehampton National Bank and to our Fashion & Beauty Sponsor, Lord & Taylor. Thanks to all our event sponsors including: WABC 7, Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Starbucks and Steve Madden. Appreciation also goes to the night’s co-emcees, Chuck Lott and Little Brother Josiah, Events by DJ Rob, Hair by Simone and Photography by Neal.

Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our gratitude to all our Bigs and Littles whose participation and star performances truly made the Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show such a success!

View video highlights from the show here 

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Honors Bigs and Donors at 2019 Annual Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Reception

On Wednesday, April 17th, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) celebrated their volunteer mentors (Bigs) and donors at the Volunteer & Donor Appreciation Reception, presented by Darby Dental Supply LLC. and Openlink. Volunteers, Donors, Board and President’s Council members, along with their guests, gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, to celebrate the agency’s Defenders of Potential for the time and support given to positively impact the lives of children on Long Island. This celebratory reception, held during National Volunteer Month, also recognized BBBSLI’s 2019 Scholarship award recipients.

“The event was an incredible night for the agency, it was a great opportunity to bring together all of our Defenders of Potential, the 2019 Scholarship recipients as well as their special guests”, said Meredith McCaslin, Director of Development, Corporate & Event Giving. “The interaction between all of the people that are committed to the agency’s mission coming together to celebrate, made for a powerful event”.

The evening’s program recognized all the Bigs and Donors for the many ways they give to positively impact the lives of children enrolled in BBBSLI’s programs. Special recognition awards were given to Mikail Jones who received the “Rising Star” award and Cynthia & Rob Salvatico who received the award for “Stand Out Volunteers”. Also acknowledged were BBBSLI’s 2019 Scholarship award recipients. Scholarships are awarded to high school seniors pursuing higher education this fall, who have achieved academic excellence and demonstrate high levels of motivation, responsibility and resiliency in their everyday lives. These scholarship opportunities are generously made possible by Dorothy and John Talotta, as well as the families of the late Jeff Grant, the late Glenn Trovato and the late Michael J. Weisbrod.

A huge thank you to Darby Dental Supply LLC. and Openlink for making the night possible as the presenting sponsors of the event. Appreciation also goes to Events by DJ Rob who donates his services as the Entertainment Sponsor for agency events. 

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Photo Credit Jake G. Photography

Nearly $30,000 Raised for Mentoring on L.I. at BBBSLI’s 2019 Poker Night

On Tuesday, March 19th, over 100 players gathered at The Main Event NY in Farmingdale for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) 2019 “Poker Night”. The event, presented by Red Hat, raised nearly $30,000 in support of the mentoring agency’s programs across Long Island.

“A big thank you to presenting sponsor Red Hat and all those who helped make our 2019 Poker Night a success. Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors and event attendees, the funds raised at last night’s tournament will allow our agency to provide more children across Long Island with quality mentoring services,” said BBBSLI Director of Development Meredith McCaslin.

Kris Kueffner revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Jason Tepper and Thomas Mathews finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. Special congratulations to Kris on being the first woman to win the tournament in the 11 years since BBBSLI began their Poker & Networking series.

BBBSLI would like to extend a special thank you to our presenting sponsor Red Hat. Appreciation also goes to our Ace Sponsors: CHIPS Technology Group, Merrick Madmen and The Whitmore Group as well as our Queen Sponsors: NawrockiSmith and Steve Madden.


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Photos taken by: Jake G Photography

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