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Winter Blast 2019

On January 26th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its annual Winter Blast match event presented by GEICO Cares at Dave & Busters in Massapequa. Bigs and Littles all enjoyed a fun filled day of games, food and amazing raffles.

Each match received a Dave & Busters unlimited power play card and 25 raffle tickets to use for the Chinese auction. The event included a book fair, sponsored by The Book Fairies, which allowed for everyone to leave with brand new books. Additionally, Littles were treated to hand knit hats and scarves donated by Care to Knit. Special thanks to the Estee Lauder Asian Affinity Group who supported Winter Blast with a financial contribution and volunteers who oversaw the raffles and giveaway stations.

“Winter Blast is an annual match event that everyone looks forward to. It’s a great opportunity for our matches and the BBBSLI team to come together and have fun. We’re grateful to our presenting sponsor GEICO Cares and to the Estee Lauder Asian Affinity Group for their support of this fantastic event,” said Mark Cox, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

BBBSLI coordinates match activities and events throughout the year as part of its on-going professional support of our program’s mentoring relationships. The Winter Blast has become a highly anticipated event for both our Bigs and Littles. In addition to each match getting to enjoy a fun time together, events such as Winter Blast allow Bigs and Littles to socialize and interact with other matches and the BBBSLI staff which promotes unity and comradery with the agency.

Feeling the excitement in the room and seeing the enjoyment on the faces of our matches truly made this event a “blast” for everyone in attendance.

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Holiday For Kids’ Sake 2018

Thanks to the generosity of over 300 companies and individuals, BBBSLI’s 2018 Holiday for Kids’ Sake program created magic for 500 children across Long Island! Sponsors purchased specific items from each child’s wish list along with many other gifts based on their age and interests.

Special thanks to Dantona Industries, Inc. for sponsoring food for all the families. We were fortunate to have 100 volunteers who helped sort, pack and wrap gifts and 55 volunteer drivers, along with their family and friends, who delivered food and gifts to families across Long Island. Thank you to everyone who made Holiday for Kids’ Sake 2018 a success!

Please enjoy the below video of 2018 Holiday for Kids’ Sake highlights or view it on our YouTube channel here

Players Go “All-In” at BBBSLI Poker Tournament Raising Over $15,000 for Mentoring on LI

On Tuesday, November 13th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) presented its annual “All-In” Poker Tournament as part of its Poker & Networking event series. Held at The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar in Farmingdale, more than 100 players participated in the tournament which raised over $15,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.

Mike Cooper, from Merrick, revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Alex Smith, from Dix Hills and Thomas Monteleone, from Melville, finished in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.

“As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, it was great to see so many players generously donate to help make a difference in the lives of the children we serve,” said BBBSLI Director of Development, Meredith McCaslin. “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 Ace Sponsors: CHIPS Technology Group, Dermer Stairlifts & Mobility, EBA, Merrick Madmen, Mineola Lions Club, Red Hat, Inc. and the Whitmore Group. Special thanks also goes to the night’s Queen Sponsors: Advantage Title, NawrockiSmith and Steve Madden.

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Rededication & Grand Opening of BBBSLI’s Nassau Office

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) recently held a reception to celebrate the rededication and grand opening of the E. David Woycik, Jr. building located in Westbury, NY. The reception also marked the launch of BBBSLI’s Legacy Brick Campaign, which will support the agency in delivering ongoing activities and programs for the Big and Little matches.  

Formerly located in Levittown, BBBSLI moved its Nassau office to a larger building in Westbury to accommodate its growing staff and offer more onsite activities for matches in the program. In recognition and appreciation of the significant financial contribution made by long time Board Member, E. David Woycik, Jr., the new building was rededicated in his name.

“Since joining our Board of Directors in 1995, David Woycik has been an invaluable supporter of the agency. His years of loyalty as a major gift donor have contributed significantly to our growth and ability to serve more children across Long Island,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox.

In conjunction with the building rededication, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island announced their Legacy Brick Campaign, which invites people to become a permanent part of the mentoring agency’s history by purchasing a personalized, engraved brick to be laid at the building’s entryway. If a minimum of $25,000 is raised through the Legacy Brick Campaign, E. David Woycik, Jr. has pledged a generous triple match contribution of $75,000 to the agency’s Activity Fund, which supports ongoing activities and programs for the Big and Little matches.

David Woycik, Jr. shared, “I’ve been involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters since high school, for almost 45 years. I believe mentorship gives kids a chance to succeed so their dreams can come true. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is teaching success one child at a time”.

For more information about the Legacy Brick Campaign please contact, BBBSLI Director of Development, Meredith McCaslin at: (516) 731- 7880 ext. 232 or email: mmccaslin@bbbsli.org

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Holds 2018 Big Benefit Gala

On October 4th, 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held their Big Benefit Gala at The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. This year’s event honored Michael Oliveri of Nature’s Bounty and Dr. Yacov Shamash of Stony Brook University for their service and support to BBBSLI, which has been providing mentoring services to children across Long Island for 41 years.

“I would like to congratulate our Honorees, Michael Oliveri and Dr. Yacov Shamash,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “We want to extend our sincere gratitude to our honorees and sponsors for their continued support of this event which raises the funds needed for us to provide mentoring services to more children across Long Island”.

As BBBSLI’s marquee fundraiser, The Big Benefit Gala raises funds in support of mentoring on Long Island and the agency’s mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

In addition to raising funds to help BBBSLI support more children across Long Island with its mentoring programs, The Big Benefit Gala is an opportunity for the agency to raise awareness about its dire need for more volunteer mentors. Nearly 500 children, in need of mentorship, are on the agency’s waiting list hoping for a Big Brother or Big Sister to call their own. For more information about becoming a mentor or to apply, please visit: bbbsli.org/become-a-big/

BBBSLI would like to extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s honorees and sponsors for helping to make our 2018 Big Benefit Gala a success. Thank you to our Mission Sponsor: The Nature’s Bounty Co.; Impact Sponsor: Darby Dental Supply, LLC; Engage Sponsors: Macy’s, Openlink, SVAM International, Inc., VICOM Computer Services, Inc.; Registration Sponsor: Contract Pharmacal Corp.; Party Sponsors: Advantage Title, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, CHIPS Technology Group, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPA’s, PC, New York Community Bank, New York Spine Institute, Suffolk Federal, Sweet Treat To-Go Sponsor: KZ Wealth Management; Selfie Station Sponsor: Stauber; Match Sponsors: Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. and Steel Equities. Special thanks also go to our event partners and volunteers: Advance Formal Wear, Chocolate Works, Crest Hollow Country Club, Events by DJ Rob, Levon Graphics Corp., Long Island Frame & Art Gallery, Minuteman Press, Outer Focus Photography, Onyx Print Studio, Precision Pictures- Video and Sir Speedy.

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7th Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake Motorcycle Ride Raises Nearly $30,000

On September 22nd, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held its 7th Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake Motorcycle Ride raising nearly $30,000 for mentoring programs on Long Island! Riders and passengers arrived at the E. David Woycik, Jr. Building in Westbury for breakfast, where they each received a pair of sunglasses donated by Castle Merchandising Inc., before heading to the North Fork for a scenic ride to Southold, NY. After the ride, all the riders and their passengers gathered to enjoy lunch at O’Mallys Restaurant and took in some absolutely beautiful weather on the first day of Fall!  

BBBSLI would like to express our appreciation to the riders, passengers, committee members and to all those who helped support this event with their financial donations. 

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To view a video of the Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake riders on their bikes visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvF2P5pej0w&feature=youtu.be

 

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