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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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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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