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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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Jeff Schwartzberg Named Chair of BBBSLI Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced Jeff Schwartzberg as the newly elected Chair of its Board of Directors.

Mr. Schwartzberg is a Co-Founder and Managing Principal at Premier Commercial Real Estate. His vast background and proven track record in commercial real estate, spanning over three decades, has made him widely recognized in the industry as one of Long Island’s top commercial real estate professionals. He has been actively involved with BBBSLI since 2003. 

“We are pleased to have Jeff Schwartzberg elected Chair of our Board of Directors. He has been a consistent source of leadership and commitment on our Board for 15 yrs. His dedication and experience, serving as a past Chair, will be invaluable as we expand our services to serve more children across Long Island,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox.

Mr. Schwartzberg was vital in the purchase of BBBSLI’s new office location in Westbury, as well as the sale of the mentoring agency’s former office building. He is a past President of the Commercial Industrial Brokers Society (CIBS) of Long Island and currently serves on the Advisory Committee to their board. Community-minded, he is a former Mayor and Chairman of the Zoning Board for the Village of Roslyn Estates.

“I am both honored and humbled to be elected, for a second time, to lead our highly talented, experienced and dedicated team of Board Members,” said Jeff Schwartzberg.

Jeff is proud to be a product of The Bronx. He earned an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Queens College and holds an MBA in Financial Management from Iona College. Today, Jeff lives on the water in Massapequa, where he enjoys spending time with his family and admiring the beauty of Long Island’s Great South Bay.

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BBBSLI Represented at 2018 BBBS National Conference in St. Louis

Congratulations to BBBSLI’s Program Manager, Kelly McGowan and Program Supervisor, Jacky Volpicella who presented today at the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Conference in St. Louis! Their presentation entitled, “Site-Based Mentoring: Strengthening Match Relationships through Client-Based Curriculum” provided BBBS affiliates throughout the country with tools and resources for implementing an innovative needs-based curriculum designed for Littles in Site Based Mentoring Programs.

We are so proud the conference selection committee recognized Kelly, Jacky and their team for their creative and outstanding work!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island