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Nearly $100,000 Raised at BBBSLI’s 20th Annual Golf Tournament

On Monday, June 6th, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their 20th Annual Golf Tournament at The Muttontown Club in East Norwich, NY. This year’s event presented by Broadridge Financial Solutions, honoring Tom Gambaro, brought together 108 golfers and raised nearly $100,000 in support of mentoring on Long Island.

“Tom [Gambaro] hit it out of the park this year; nine of today’s 27 foursomes were the direct result of his hard work on behalf of the event all the children we serve.  As I mentioned during my remarks, I’m confident that in the dinner crowd was a first-time attendee or two – like Tom was 14 years ago – who’ll become future golf honorees,”  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 Marven and Big Brother John spoke about their match. “When I first heard I was getting a Big Brother I was really nervous, but once I got to know John I felt so comfortable. I think John and I will have the best time of our lives doing things together,” shared Marven.

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

Men’s low gross with a score of 69 – Bob Madden

Women’s low gross with a score of 99 – Sonia Whang

Team Low Net with a Callaway-handicapped team score of 60– Mike Aleva, Rudy Caroleo, E. David, Woycik, Jr., Bob Madden

In addition to thanking Presenting Sponsor Broadridge Financial Solutions and Honoree Tom Gambaro, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island would like to express appreciation to all of the golfers, supporters and sponsors including:

Dinner – Ike, Molly & Steven  Elias Foundation
Breakfast – Freedom Mortgage
Cocktail Reception – Stifel Investment Services
Golf Cart – Dantona Industries
Awards –  Hofstra Athletics                               
Locker Room – American Land Services, Inc.
Beverage Cart – American Land Services, Inc.
Driving Range – Fidelity
Golf Ball –  Broadridge Financial Services
Gift – GNP Branded Gear
Putting Green – Merrick Madmen
Longest Drive – Advantage Title
Closest to the Pin – National Business Capital & Network Long Island

To view all photos from the event check the galleries section of our website in the coming days

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BBBSLI Announces New Slate of Board Officers for 2016-17 Year


 Board Slate 2016 with Photo Caption

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) would like to announce the new slate of officers for its 2016-17 Board of Directors: Board Chair, Thomas Slome; Vice President, Richard Grossi; Treasurer, Michael Paley and Secretary, Liz Meyers.

On June 1st, BBBSLI held its annual Board of Directors meeting at the Garden City Hotel. The new slate of officers was installed at a Leadership Reception which took place following the annual meeting. The Leadership Reception was attended by BBBSLI Board members, President’s Council members and staff.

BBBSLI would like to thank all the members of our 2016-17 Board of Directors for their ongoing commitment and dedication to our agency’s mission. To view a complete list of BBBSLI’s Board of Directors click here

BBBSLI Hosts Inaugural Fashion Show Event

On May 18, 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their Inaugural Fashion Show, presented by Steve Madden. Nearly 200 people gathered at NYIT de Seversky Mansion to watch BBBSLI Big & Little matches walk the runway modeling a range of looks from “thrift store chic” to formal wear.

Donna Drake, executive producer & host of Live It Up with Donna Drake served as the event’s guest emcee. Ten Big & Little matches modeled collections from Savers, Popi’s Place, Southern Tide and Lord & Taylor. BBBSLI staff members also participated in the show modeling a collection of fur and leather outerwear from Tsontos Furs.

This event offered attendees a unique opportunity to witness the fun dynamic and special closeness shared between Bigs & Littles. Funds raised at the Fashion Show will assist BBBSLI in its efforts to match many of the 200 children on our inquiry list waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own.

A big thank you to the BBBSLI Fashion Show committee and presenting sponsor Steve Madden. Appreciation also goes to: Light & Sound Sponsor: Rosenthal & Rosenthal, Runway Sponsor: Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPAs PC, Hair & Makeup Sponsor: Red Door Spas, Match & Collection Sponsor: Savers and Collection Sponsors: Lord & Taylor, Popi’s Place, Southern Tide and Tsontos Furs.

Thanks to Dessert Sponsors: Little Kitchen Creations by Wendy, Design by Dana and Roxanna’s Baked Goods as well as to our Raffle Sponsors including: Butera’s, Cactus Salon, Chakrings, Cousins Paintball, Cozy Corner, Donna Drake Media, Flowers by Edwards, Fortunoff, Hotel Indigo, Kelly Family Chiropractic, Lazar’s Chocolate, Lisa Vitulli, Long Island Lacrosse Academy, Long River Asian Fusion, L’Oreal, Mieka, Ms’tique, Oheka Castle, Party in the 516, Popi’s Place, Saks Fifth Avenue, Salon Per Le, Starbucks, Steve Madden, The Paramount, The Space at Westbury, Time to Play Magazine, Tsontos Furs and Umberto’s.

Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our gratitude to all of our Bigs & Littles whose participation and star performances truly made this inaugural event such a success!


Additional photos from the Fashion Show will be posted in the coming week to the gallery section of our website.


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BBBSLI Walk for Kids’ Sake 2016 Raises Funds to Support Mentoring on Long Island

On May 14, 2016, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted their annual Walk for Kids’ Sake event, presented by GEICO. This annual 5K event provides an opportunity for matches, board members, staff and the community to join together and raise funds to help BBBSLI grow the number of children served through their mentoring programs.

Nearly 200 walkers came together at Eisenhower Park on the beautiful spring morning in support of mentoring on Long Island. DJ Joe Bova played music as everybody warmed up with a stretching session led by the GEICO gecko. Siblings Angelica, Gianna and Anthony who are all Littles in the program received the honor of blowing the horn to mark the start of the 5K walk.

Funds raised at and following this event will assist BBBSLI in matching many of the 200 children on our inquiry list waiting to be matched with a Big Brother or Big Sister of their own. The event concluded with a Finishers’ picnic which featured face painting, balloon art and inflatables to entertain the many children in attendance.

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor GEICO and to all of our Silver sponsors who made this event possible including: Applied Pension Services, Capital One Bank, CHIPS Technology Group LLC, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPAs PC, Dycon Enterprises, GNP Branded Gear, Glass and Dooley, Jim’s Deli, Katz & Zlotnick, Sanders Sanders Block Woycik Viener & Grossman, PC, Stop and Shop of Levittown and Utz.

Donations can still be made online at 2016 Walk for Kids’ Sake funds provide the opportunity for BBBSLI to make the power of mentoring accessible to a greater number of children on Long Island who are facing adversity.


View all the pictures from Walk For Kids’ Sake 2016 here


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BBBSLI Honors Volunteers at Appreciation Reception

On Tuesday, April 12th, Big Brothers Big Sister of Long Island (BBBSLI) celebrated their volunteer mentors (Bigs) at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, presented by Darby Dental Supply. Volunteers along with their family members, board members and supporters of BBBSLI gathered at Crest Hollow Country Club to celebrate our Bigs for the time and energy they spend positively impacting the lives of children on Long Island. This celebratory reception was held during ‪‎National Volunteer Week.

“The Volunteer Appreciation Reception is one of our most important events, we get to celebrate our Bigs for all they do for the agency and for their Littles and we also get to introduce the 2016 Scholarship Recipients”, said Nancy Travers, Director of Services for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

The evening’s program recognized all of the Bigs for the many ways they give of themselves to positively impact the lives of their Littles. Also acknowledged were the 2016 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 scholarships are made possible by supporters of BBBSLI; the families of the late Jeff Grant, Glenn Trovato, and Michael J. Weisbrod, and in honor of Dorothy & John Talotta, who recently established a new endowed scholarship.
The evening concluded with a few lucky Bigs taking home great raffle prizes including a 40” Philips LED LCD TV, a Hotel Indigo East End Wine & Spirits Getaway for Two, and a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.
Thank you to Darby Dental their sponsorship of this special event to honor our Bigs for all they do. Thanks also goes to those who donated raffle prizes including: Black Hawk Imports, @Hotel Indigo Long Island – East End, Huntington Learning Center, and P.C. Richard & Son.
Last but certainly not least, BBBSLI would like to express our deepest appreciation to all of 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.

See our Gallery for More Event Photos!


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A Little Match Up Event

BBBSLI recently teamed up with Hofstra Men’s Basketball to host “A Little Match Up” event sponsored by Col E. David Woycik Jr., (Ret) Esq. The match and mentor recruitment event included speeches from 2015 BBBSLI “Man of the Year” award winner and Hofstra Men’s Head Basketball Coach, Joe Mihalich and former NBA Champion and Hofstra Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Craig “Speedy” Claxton. They spoke to mentors, mentees, family members and guests about the importance of youth mentorship.

After the speeches, players from Hofstra men’s basketball team led the group in a series of warm up exercises and drills followed by a series of 1-on-1 match up basketball games.
In addition to serving as a fun match activity for Bigs and Littles, the event was an opportunity for potential volunteers and families to learn more about BBBSLI’s mentoring programs.
BBBSLI would like to express our appreciation to Head Coach Joe Mihalich, Assistant Coach Craig “Speedy” Claxton, Assistant Coach Jason Posser and the Hofstra Men’s Basketball players for giving of your time to make this event so much fun for all in attendance. Thanks also to David Woycik for your sponsorship. Huge thanks goes to Hofstra Graduate students David Salomon and Jessica Avenia Gamba for coming up with the idea for this event and for all you did to help us organize it.

Visit the Gallery to view more event photos


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