Category Page: Press Room

Hamptons Offshore Invitational Raises Nearly $250,000 for Mentoring on the East End

Fishing Collage 3

On Sunday, August 23rd the sun set on the 15th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament (HOI), benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI). The nine day tournament, hosted by The Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club (SMTC), had 66 registered boats and raised nearly $250,000 to support BBBSLI’s mentoring program services for children facing adversity on the East End of Long Island. 

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 and Sag Harbor. In addition to these programs, BBBSLI is pleased to announce the start of a new High School Bigs Mentoring Program at South Hampton beginning this fall.

“It was wonderful to have the support of so many individuals and sponsors helping to make this year’s tournament such a success,” said Jamison Skala, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “Funds raised at this event benefit BBBSLI and the East End community by allowing us to increase the number of local children served by our mentoring program.”

Headquartered at Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina in Hampton Bays, the tournament closed with approximately 600 people gathering at the awards dinner. Before announcing the winners of each division and species, a moment of silence was observed in memory of the late Doug Oakland, who was a friend of the agency, avid fisherman and longtime supporter of the HOI Tournament. Additionally, this year’s dinner featured the inaugural Doug Oakland Memorial Trophy – awarded for the most bigeye tuna caught during the tournament which was won by David Mambrino, Captain of the boat Chasin Tail.

The crowd filled with anticipation as the winning raffle ticket was pulled announcing Stan Sigerson from Manorville, NY as the winner of the 24’ Center Console Everglades Fishing Boat (valued at $110,000) provided by White Water Custom Sportfish Boats.

BBBSLI would like to give special thanks to the Chairman of the Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament, Scott Horowitz, and to all of the sponsors who helped support this event including:

Platinum Sponsors: Harry Bachrach, RBC Wealth Management The Nydegger Investment Group, Owen & Laurie Schwartz, Shore Line Insurance Agency Inc., George Vickers Jr. Enterprises, Inc., Wahl Rich Group, White Water Custom Sportfish Boats, White Water Outfitters. Gold Sponsors: Dave Bofill Marine Inc., Everglades by Dougherty, Hampton Watercraft & Marine, Haskell Local Outfitters, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Oakland’s Restaurant & Marina, Riverhead Building Supply, South Shore Docks, Inc., Spellmans Marine, Staten Island Yacht Sales, Unity Electric Company. Cockpit Buckets Sponsor: RBC Wealth Management The Nydegger Investment Group. Captain’s Meeting Hospitality Sponsors:, Absolute Marine Detailing. Valet Parking Sponsor: Village Auto Body. Silver Sponsors: Framingham Foundation, Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club

To view a complete list of the 2015 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament winners please visit

Fishing Collage 111863319_10153580875864579_2553464471239725613_n - Copy (2)

BBBSLI Launches Redesigned Website

Website Redesign Image 1Redesigned Website Image 2


Contact: Amy Sledz-Sarin, Director of Marketing & PR

516.731.7880 x222 ∙ ∙


New Features – Seamless Navigation – Enhanced User Experience

Long Island, NY (August 2015) – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) proudly announces the launch of their redesigned website, developed to provide visitors with an enhanced user experience by offering new features, convenient tools and seamless navigation. BBBSLI worked with Fat Guy Media, a local Mineola based Web Design Agency, to oversee the redesign of  

The redesigned website welcomes visitors with a completely updated look, a fixed navigation bar accessible on every page, convenient donation center tools, a countdown clock for the agency’s next two upcoming events, recent news and match highlight stories profiling Bigs & Littles served by the agency’s mentoring program.

“Our goal was to offer visitors to our website an enhanced user experience by making it easy to navigate and informative,” said BBBSLI Chief Executive Officer, Mark Cox. “In addition to expanded information about our mentoring program and upcoming events, our redesigned website maximizes the convenience for people looking to support us through donations.”

People looking to donate clothing or small house hold items to the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Donation Center can visit the website’s online scheduling tool to schedule a free pick up at their homes on a date of their choice. The site also features a newly enhanced bin locator tool that allows for people to easily identify and receive a map of the nearest donation sites.

Additionally, the redesigned website offers expanded options for those looking to support BBBSLI through financial giving. Donors will now find convenient forms that allow them to customize both the amount as well as the specific area of support to apply their online financial gift.

“It was very important for us to work closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island to understand their goals and vision in order to create a redesigned website that would accurately represent the organization,” shared Fat Guy Media President, Tom Jacoberger.

In addition to the updated design and new features, the redesigned website was developed to be mobile friendly and responsive. People using mobile devices to visit BBBSLI’s site will now be able to view and access the website on their phones or tablets.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island
Incorporated in 1977, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and shine. BBBSLI makes meaningful, professionally supported matches between adult volunteers (‘Bigs’) and children (‘Littles’). Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, please visit us at

To download a PDF of this Press Release, click on the following link:
BBBSLI Launches Re-designed Website Press Release Aug 2015

Nearly $80,000 Raised at BBBSLI’s 19th Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, August 10th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 19th Annual Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, NY. This year’s event presented by Dantona Industries, honoring Don Dantona, raised nearly $80,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.

“All of the sponsors and golfers who joined us, enjoyed a perfect day of weather and top-notch service from the great staff at Muttontown. We are grateful to be able to honor the longtime friendship and support of Don Dantona and Dantona industries,” said Jamison Skala, Director of Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

Tournament guests began their day with an elaborate breakfast buffet on the outdoor patio, followed by time at the driving range and putting greens. Golfers enjoyed a barbecue lunch, cocktail reception, buffet dinner, awards ceremony and raffles.

During dinner, BBBSLI’s mission was brought to life as Little Brother Devin, matched with Big Brother Bob since May 2014, took the podium as the guest speaker. “Before Bob, I never had a man in my life to help push me to excel in my academics, athletics and personally. He guides and encourages me to be the best version of myself,” shared Devin.

Congratulations to this year’s tournament 1st place winners:

  • Team Low Net with a Callaway-handicapped team score of 62 (-9) David Woycik, Jr., Rudy Caroleo, Rod Cooney and Mike Alleva
  • Individual Low Gross with a score of 69 (-2), Robert Codignotto

In addition to thanking Dantona Industries and Don Dantona, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island would like to express appreciation to all of the golfers, supporters and sponsors including:

  • Dinner Sponsor: Ike, Molly & Steven Elias Foundation
  • Barbeque Lunch Sponsor: Bob Catell
  • Cigar Sponsor: CHL Mortgage
  • Breakfast Sponsor: James M. Conboy
  • Awards Sponsor: Fat Guy Media
  • Golf Cart Sponsor: Dantona Industries
  • Golf Ball Sponsor: Broadridge
  • Beverage Cart Sponsor: Holden & Flynn Universal Contractors, Inc.
  • Putting Green Sponsor: Merrick Madmen
  • Longest Drive Sponsor: DeFreitas & Minsky
  • Closest to the Pin Sponsors: The Murph’s Famous Bloody Mary Mix & UTZ

Visit our Galleries page to view more photos from the event


Golf 2015 Collage 1Golf 2015  Collage 3

Summer Sizzle 2015 Poker Tournament Raises more than $25,000

It was a full house at The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar in Farmingdale on July 21st for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s (BBBSLI) 2015 Poker & Networking Series “Summer Sizzle” presented by ZBF Geothermal. One-hundred people doubled down to raise more than $25,000 in support of youth mentoring on Long Island.

“The fact that nearly 100% of our active Littles graduated high school this year and that the majority of them are pursuing some form of higher education really resonated with the crowd tonight. We also had four Big Brothers playing in the tournament, so it was great to see people make the connection between their donation and the matches supported by our programs”, said Jamison Skala, BBBSLI’s Director of Development.

Ed Miller revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Todd Althem and Matt Schieferster finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top prize was a $1,500 travel voucher. Second prize was a Hotel Indigo Wine & Spirits East End Getaway for two and the third place winner received 40” JVC “Smart” HDTV with ROKU.

Other prizes for those at the final table included an Xbox 360, a Steve Madden Limited Prize Pack with a $250 gift certificate, a Samsung 7” Tablet and much more! Thanks to those companies and individuals who donated prizes for the tournament including: Greg Parisi, Hotel Indigo, L.I. Picture Frame, NBTY, PC Richards and Steve Madden.

A very special thanks to the night’s presenting sponsor, ZBF Geothermal and our table sponsors who helped support the event which included: CHIPS Technology Group, Executive Business Association, Fat Guy Media, MassMutual LI Metro, The Merrick Madmen and The Whitmore Group LTD.

Thanks to all those who helped make the night a success. We look forward to seeing everybody again at The Main Event in Farmingdale for BBBSLI’s “All In” Poker Tournament on November 17th!


BBBSLI Hosts Annual Summer Picnic Sponsored by The Federated Group

On Sunday, June 14th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their Annual Summer Picnic at Heckscher State Park. This year’s event was sponsored by The Federated Group and was attended by more than 200 Bigs, Littles and their families. Each year the summer picnic provides a fun-filled day of food, music, games, art and other activities.

“The Annual Summer Picnic is an eagerly anticipated event that provides an opportunity for those in our program to connect with one another outdoors while making positive and lasting memories”, said Mark Cox, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island. “We are thankful to The Federated Group for making this special day possible for our Bigs, Littles and their families”.

DJ Joe played music and games throughout the day while Bigs and Littles took to the fields playing softball and dodge ball. Inside the pavilion, others took fun pictures with props in the photo booth, played board games and created hand print murals which will be displayed in the Levittown and Islandia offices.

In addition, every child was invited to select brand new books from the book fair table and also received backpacks filled with giveaways. The pavilion was filled with excitement as our raffle winners were announced sending many Littles home with wonderful prizes. The fun-filled afternoon concluded with dessert, cotton candy and tons of big smiles.

BBBSLI wants to express a special thank you to the volunteers from The Federated Group and Chase who assisted BBBSLI staff members throughout the day in running the event. Additionally, we would like to thank our food, drink and snack sponsors including Jim’s Deli, Snapple, ROAR and UTZ Snacks.

Nancy Farrell Travers Named Director of Services

Nancy Travers Headshot for Website


Nancy Farrell Travers Press Release July 2015

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island