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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!

BBBSLI Raises More Than $100,000 at 22nd Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, June 4th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 22nd Annual Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, NY. This year’s tournament was presented by FatGuy Media and TCI Technologies, and honored Thomas Jacoberger. The event brought together 100 golfers and raised more than $100,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.

“We are so happy Mother Nature was on our side, allowing everyone to enjoy a great day of golf on the beautiful course at Muttontown,” said Meredith McCaslin, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “We truly appreciate the generosity and support of the sponsors, golfers and our honoree, Tom Jacoberger, 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, buffet dinner, awards ceremony and raffles.

During dinner, President’s Council Member and Big Brother, Paul Moran, spoke about his experience with the agency and encouraged guests to become involved as Big Brothers and Big Sisters for the 450 children on the waiting list. “Becoming a Big Brother allowed me to uncover a whole new world and experience what this organization is truly about. It is an honor to help shepherd my Little Brother, Michael, into adulthood and to be involved with the leadership and staff at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island,” shared Paul.

In addition to thanking Presenting Sponsors FatGuy Media and TCI Technologies and Honoree Thomas Jacoberger, 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:

Gold Sponsor: Wolf Venture Capital; Dinner Sponsor: Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation; Bloody Mary Sponsor: Redhat; Breakfast Sponsor: DonorSaver; Raffle Sponsor: Brighthouse Financial; Cigar Sponsor: The Edward Smith Mineola Lions Club; Cocktail Reception Sponsors: City Park Associates, Shore Office Systems and The Saloy Family; Registration Sponsor: Tim Foley; Awards Sponsor: PWC; Locker Room Sponsor: The Salvatica Family; Golf Ball Sponsor: Broadridge; Golf Cart Sponsor: NY Auto Giant; Driving Range Sponsor: Merrick Madmen; Putting Green Sponsors: Davidoff Hutcher & Citron LLP and Healy Success Solutions; Gift Sponsor: Wave; Closest to the Pin Sponsors: Mainway Telecom and Howard Shapiro & Associates; Longest Drive Sponsor: Holy Cross High School; Hole in One Sponsor: Van Buren GMC.

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Bigs & Littles Light Up the Runway at Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show

On May 23, 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their annual Catwalk for Kids Fashion Show at The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, NY. Guests gathered to watch ten featured matches of mentors “Bigs” and children “Littles” light up the runway, modeling a range of looks from “thrift store chic” to formal wear.

Cary Carbonaro, award winning, internationally known personal finance expert, served as the Fashion Show’s guest emcee. As junior host of the event, Little Brother Josiah interviewed attendees on the red carpet and entertained the crowd throughout the night. Big and Little matches modeled the latest fashions from Lord & Taylor, Savers, Southern Tide, Steve Madden and Banana Republic.

In its third 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 Amanda shared, “It was an amazing experience getting to participate in the Fashion Show with my Little Sister Gia! At first, we were both a little nervous, but then we had so much fun together we didn’t want it to end.”

When asked about his experience modeling with his Big Brother in the Fashion Show, Little Brother Chris said, “I had a lot of fun and each time we walked down the runway it got more and more exciting!”

A big thank you to Guest Emcee, Cary Carbonaro, Junior Host Josiah and all our sponsors. Fashion Sponsors: Lord & Taylor, Savers Thrift Store, Southern Tide, Steve Madden and Banana Republic. Show Sponsors: Cary Carbonaro, Chips Technology Group, Harry Bachrach and Rosenthal & Rosenthal. Sparkle Bar Sponsor: Fortunoff Fine Jewelry. Registration Sponsor: New York Business Systems. Our Glam Squad: Shantini Alleyne and Robert’s Barber Shop and Unisex Salon. Entertainment Sponsor: Events by DJ Rob. Dessert & Coffee to Go Sponsors: National Charity League, Inc. and Starbucks. Thanks to our raffle and swag bag donors and to those who helped in securing them.

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!

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BBBSLI Honors Bigs at 2018 Volunteer Appreciation Reception & Big Night Out

On Tuesday, April 24th, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) celebrated their volunteer mentors (Bigs) at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception and Big Night Out, presented by Darby Dental Supply Inc.. Suffolk Federal and Glass & Dooley CPA’s. Volunteers, Board and President’s Council members, along with their guests, gathered at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, to celebrate our Bigs for the time and energy they spend positively impacting the lives of children on Long Island. This celebratory reception, held during National Volunteer Month, also recognized BBBSLI’s 2018 Scholarship award recipients.

“The event was an incredible night for the agency, it was a great opportunity to bring together our Board of Directors, Presidents Council, our volunteers and the 2018 Scholarship recipients as well as their special guests. This year is a record year both in number of scholars selected and our highest total of $86,000.00 awarded”, said Nancy Farrell Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “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 for the many ways they give of themselves to positively impact the lives of their Littles. Also acknowledged were BBBSLI’s 2018 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.

Thank you to Darby Dental Supply Inc. for their sponsorship of the Volunteer Appreciation Reception, to honor our Bigs for all they do. Appreciation also goes to our Big Night Out sponsors Suffolk Federal and Glass & Dooley CPA’s; Bar Sponsor, Center for Wealth Preservation; and Entertainment Sponsor, Events by DJ Rob.

Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our deepest appreciation to all our volunteer mentors. It is your commitment and dedication that makes it possible for our agency to make the positive impact we continue to have on the lives of young people across Long Island.

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BBBSLI Holds First Career & College Information Night

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) was thrilled to host its first Career and College Information Night presented by National Recruiting Group and Starbucks. The event, held at BBBSLI’s Westbury office, was a perfect complement to the agency’s Healthy Littles Series, which focuses on preparing Littles for the next step in their lives.

“What a great night, we’ve already outgrown our space for this event and we’re planning for next year, but our success tonight can be directly attributed to our incredible volunteers that include the Bigs that came with their Little’s ready to help, the 75 volunteers that came to share their time and life experiences with Littles and our staff that helped every step of the way”, shared Nancy Farrell Travers, BBBSLI Director of Services. She added, “We especially want to thank the Starbucks partners from District 712, who were organized by our very own Big, Mikail Jones, that came ready to help and the professionals from National Recruiting Group, who met individually with each match to help the Littles create their first resumes and gain critical employment advice. We’re grateful for the time and care shown to all of our young professionals”.

From the start, there was an overwhelming response from matches and volunteers willing to come speak to the Littles and to gather professional clothing. The event was fantastic, every Little wrote their first resume, learned how to apply for a job and picked up interviewing pointers. The Littles were even treated to a session with volunteer “stylists” that helped them to tie their own ties and select some professional dress clothing. This event also became a recruiting event, as some of our representatives applied to become Bigs!

BBBSLI would like to express its appreciation to National Recruiting Group and Starbucks for sponsoring this event as well as thank all the representatives who made the event possible including: Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Dental Hygienist Lauren Pulaski, Dr. Janine Kelly, Dress for Success, Estee Lauder, Gates and Goldstein L.L.P., Long Island Nets, Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, National Business Capital, Nassau Community College, Nassau County Department of Human Services, New York Institute of Technology, Sports Performance Group, United States Navy and Naval Sea Cadet Corps, Universal Technical Institute and Van Horn and Friedman P.C.

We look forward to adding even more representatives from the community as this becomes an annual event.

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