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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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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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Comedy Night 2019

On Wednesday, February 27th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held its annual Comedy Night, presented by VICOM ProServ at Governor’s Comedy Club in Levittown. The show included performances by seven talented comedians who had guests laughing the entire night.

“Thank you to our 2019 Comedy Night Presenting Sponsor, VICOM ProServ, our table sponsors and event attendees!  This year’s event was a great success and it was wonderful to see so many people enjoying a night of laughter and comedy, in support of mentoring on Long Island,” said BBBSLI Director of Development, Meredith McCaslin.

Special thanks to the event’s presenting sponsor VICOM ProServ and to the table sponsors – CHIPS Technology Group, Dime, Michael & Kelly Stanley, Steve Madden, Wells Fargo, Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret.) Esq. and ZBF Geothermal.

BBBSLI would also like to express our appreciation to James, Andrea and the staff at Governor’s Comedy Club whose service and talent helped make the night a memorable one.

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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!

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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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