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Players Go “All-In” at BBBSLI Poker Tournament Raising Nearly $30,000 for Mentoring on Long Island

On Tuesday, November 12th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held its annual “All-In” Poker Tournament presented by Suffolk Federal. It was a full house at The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar in Farmingdale, NY where players doubled down to help raise nearly $30,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.


Keith Miller, from Shoreham, revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Michael Aievoli of Merrick and Tom Fazio of Long Beach, finished in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.


“As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, it was great to see so many players generously give to help make a difference in the lives of the children we serve,” said BBBSLI Director of Development, Corporate & Event Giving, 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 Presenting Sponsor Suffolk Federal. Special thanks also go to Ace Sponsors: CHIPS Technology Group, EBA, Naka Technologies, Merrick Madmen, Red Hat, Inc. and to Queen Sponsor: The Whitmore Group.


To view more photos from the event click HERE

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BBBSLI Throws “Spooktacular” Halloween Party

Happy Halloween! Several of our Bigs & Littles recently gathered at our BBBSLI office in Islandia for a “Spooktacular” Halloween party! It was a jam-packed night filled with music, food, sweets, witches, monsters, and all sorts of cute and spooky creatures. It was a frightfully fun time for all who attended.

Thank you to Alexis Bonora and Andrea Elsner of The Costume Closet and Costume America for donating costumes.

Here are some photos of our matches having a blast at the party!

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2019 Big Benefit Gala Raises $200K to Help Defend the Potential of Youth Across LI Through Mentoring

On October 3rd, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) raised $200,000 in support of mentoring at their Annual Big Benefit Gala at The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. This year’s event honored Anil Kapoor, President & CEO, SVAM International, Inc.; Liz Meyers, Executive Vice President of Purchasing & Global Sourcing, Darby Dental Supply, LLC and Dr. David Weissberg, President, Long Island Orthopedic Solutions for their service and support to BBBSLI, which has been providing quality mentoring services to youth across Long Island for 42 years.

“I would like to congratulate our Honorees, Anil Kapoor, Liz Meyers and Dr. David Weissberg,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “We extend our sincere gratitude to our honorees and sponsors for their continued support of this event, which raises the funds needed so our agency never has to say no to a child on Long Island in need of our mentoring services”.

As BBBSLI’s marquee fundraiser, the Big Benefit Gala raises funds in support of the agency’s mission to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth across Long Island. The event was also an opportunity for the agency to raise awareness about the role of adults in helping children achieve their best possible futures by defending their potential. The night’s program featured Bigs & Littles who spoke about their close bond and the impact being matched has had on their lives.

Big Sister Mickey and her Little Sister Katie, who have been matched for eight years, were one of the matches highlighted on stage. Mickey spoke about how special it has been to watch Katie grow up from a young girl into a smart, caring, funny teenager who now aspires to be a doctor. “The sky is the limit for Katie, and I couldn’t be prouder to be her Big Sister,” said Mickey.

Katie shared, “I cherish the moments we’ve spent over the years doing fun things together, but the best memories I have are the times when it’s just the two of us talking to each other. Mickey has become an outlet for me, the person I turn to whenever I need to talk about a problem or just to share something that I’m really excited about.”

BBBSLI would like to extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s honorees and sponsors for helping to make our 2019 Big Benefit Gala a success. Thank you to our Innovation Sponsor: Darby Dental Supply, LLC; Mission Sponsor: Dr. David & Sandra Weissberg/ Long Island Orthopedic Solutions; Strengthen Sponsor: SVAM International, Inc.; Impact Sponsor: Col. E. David Woycik, Jr. (Ret), Esq., Contract Pharma-Cal Corp.; Engage Sponsors: CHIPS Technology Group, Dime Community Bank, Openlink, Piping Rock, VICOM ProServ; Sparkle Bar Sponsor: Fortunoff Fine Jewelry; Party Sponsors: Advantage Title, Aegis Communications, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPA’s PC, New York Community Bank; Sweet Treat To-Go Sponsor: Savers and Match Sponsors: Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C., Steel Equities. Special thanks to all our auction and raffle donors as well as our event partners and volunteers: Chocolate Works, Concierge Photography, Crest Hollow Country Club, Mineola Florist, Onyx Print Studios and Sir Speedy.

If the special bond shared between Big Sister Mickey and Little Sister Katie’s inspires you, let them know by making a gift in support of their mentoring relationship, or you can honor a mentor who has made a positive impact on your life by making a gift in their name by clicking HERE or calling Chrissy Mahoney at 516-731-7880 x. 214

Little Sister Katie & Big Sister Mickey at 2019 Gala

To view more photos from the event click HERE
Photo Credit: Alex M. Wolff, Concierge Photography

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2019 Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake Motorcycle Ride

On September 21st, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) raised $25,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island at its Annual Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake motorcycle ride event! Riders and passengers arrived at the E. David Woycik, Jr. Building in Westbury for breakfast, where they each received a pair of Harley Davidson sunglasses donated by Castle Merchandising, Inc. The weather was fantastic for the scenic ride from Westbury out east to Hampton Bays. After the ride, nearly 40 supporters gathered to enjoy lunch at Oakland’s. BBBSLI would like to express our appreciation to the riders and to all those who helped support this event with their financial donations.

To view photos from the event click HERE

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View the video below of the riders leaving Westbury for their ride out east to Hampton Bays


2019 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Fishing Tournament Raises Over $200,000 for Mentoring on Long Island

On Sunday, August 18th the sun set on the 19th 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 over 50 registered boats and raised more than $200,000 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 in Hampton Bays and Sag Harbor.

“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, NY the tournament closed with 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 Fred Kossen of Hampton Bays, NY as the winner of the 23’ Open Center Console Fishing Boat provided by Sportsman Boats.

To view a complete list of the 2019 Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament winners please visit:

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 Platinum Sponsors: George Vickers, Harry Bacharach Inc, Owen and Laurie Schwartz, Pure Dental, Shore Line Insurance, Statewide Roofing and White Water Custom Sportfish Boats. Gold Sponsors: Haskell Local Outfitters, Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina, Riverhead Building Supply, South Shore Docks, Spellman’s Marine, Staten Island Yachts Sales, Strong’s Marine, United Yachts Sales and Unity Electric. Silver Sponsors: Advantage Title, Dave Bofill Marine Inc., Framingham Foundation, Overtemp Marine and Psycho Bunny. Valet Sponsor: Village Auto Body and Trophy Sponsor: Trident Funding.

To view more photos from the Tournament click HERE  

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Bert Lurch and Michael Quattrucci Appointed to BBBSLI Board of Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has announced the appointment of Bert Lurch and Michael Quattrucci to its Board of Directors.

Prior to joining the Board, both men have been involved with BBBSLI serving on the mentoring agency’s President’s Council. Bert Lurch is Co-Founder and CEO of E Central Medical Management (ECM), a full-service medical billing and practice management firm. Mike Quattrucci is Vice President of Sales at Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver high-performing technologies.


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