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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:

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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 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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BBBSLI Littles Go Back to School with New Backpacks & School Supplies

Thanks to backpack and school supply drives held by Computer Associates, Make it Count Foundation, Nixon Peabody LLP, Van Horn & Friedman PC, and Whisper Woods of Smithtown, BBBSLI was able to send our Littles back to school with brand new backpacks filled with needed school supplies!
Additionally, a generous donation from Smithtown Acura gave some of our Littles the opportunity to go on a back-to-school shopping trip at Walmart! These lucky Littles, accompanied by their Big Brother or Big Sister, won the chance to participate in this match activity which took place at Walmart locations in both Islandia and Westbury. The back to school shopping trip provided Littles with the opportunity to purchase important school related supplies, while also teaching them how to prioritize purchases and budget money. Each Big and Little match received a spending budget of $100. The mentors assisted their mentees with identifying the items they needed most and helped them to budget the allotted money appropriately.
BBBSLI wants to extend a big thank you to Computer Associates, Make it Count Foundation, Nixon Peabody, Vanhorn & Friedman PC, Whisper Woods of Smithtown and Smithtown Acura for their support and generous donations! We also want to wish all our Littles best of luck for the upcoming 2018-19 school year!

2018 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Fishing Tournament Surpasses $250,000 Raised for Mentoring on Long Island

On Sunday, August 19th the sun set on the 18th 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 60 registered boats and raised more than $250,000 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 at Hampton Bays, Sag Harbor and South Hampton.

“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, the tournament closed with nearly 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 Pete Galindo of East Quogue 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: Dinner & Platinum Sponsor: Statewide Roofing. Platinum Sponsors: George Vickers, Harry Bacharach & Southern Tide, Modern Yachts, Owen and Laurie Schwartz, Pure Dental, Shore Line Insurance, Wahl & Crew, White Water Custom Sportfish Boats and White Water Outfitters. Gold Sponsors: Hampton Watercraft, Haskell Local Outfitters, Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Prime Marina Group, Riverhead Building Supply, South Shore Docks, Spellman’s Marine, Sportsman Boats, Staten Island Yachts Sales, United Yachts Sales and Unity Electric. Silver Sponsors: Dave Bofill Marine Inc., Fish & Wildlife Unlimited Taxidermy, Framingham Foundation/Leatherman and Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club. Captain’s Meeting Hospitality Sponsor: Overtemp Marine. Valet Sponsor: Village Auto Body. Raffle Sponsor: Southampton Town Police. Trophy Sponsors: Bay Gas Service, Big Daddy Tournament Outfitters, Redgrave Electric Maintenance Inc., Sea Tow Shinnecock/Moriches and Trident Funding.

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