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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Holds 2018 Big Benefit Gala

On October 4th, 2018 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held their Big Benefit Gala at The Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. This year’s event honored Michael Oliveri of Nature’s Bounty and Dr. Yacov Shamash of Stony Brook University for their service and support to BBBSLI, which has been providing mentoring services to children across Long Island for 41 years.

“I would like to congratulate our Honorees, Michael Oliveri and Dr. Yacov Shamash,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island CEO, Mark Cox. “We want to extend our sincere gratitude to our honorees and sponsors for their continued support of this event which raises the funds needed for us to provide mentoring services to more children across Long Island”.

As BBBSLI’s marquee fundraiser, The Big Benefit Gala raises funds in support of mentoring on Long Island and the agency’s mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

In addition to raising funds to help BBBSLI support more children across Long Island with its mentoring programs, The Big Benefit Gala is an opportunity for the agency to raise awareness about its dire need for more volunteer mentors. Nearly 500 children, in need of mentorship, are on the agency’s waiting list hoping for a Big Brother or Big Sister to call their own. For more information about becoming a mentor or to apply, please visit:

BBBSLI would like to extend our sincere gratitude to this year’s honorees and sponsors for helping to make our 2018 Big Benefit Gala a success. Thank you to our Mission Sponsor: The Nature’s Bounty Co.; Impact Sponsor: Darby Dental Supply, LLC; Engage Sponsors: Macy’s, Openlink, SVAM International, Inc., VICOM Computer Services, Inc.; Registration Sponsor: Contract Pharmacal Corp.; Party Sponsors: Advantage Title, Certilman Balin Adler & Hyman, LLP, CHIPS Technology Group, Cohen, Hoenigmann & Badolato, CPA’s, PC, New York Community Bank, New York Spine Institute, Suffolk Federal, Sweet Treat To-Go Sponsor: KZ Wealth Management; Selfie Station Sponsor: Stauber; Match Sponsors: Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C. and Steel Equities. Special thanks also go to our event partners and volunteers: Advance Formal Wear, Chocolate Works, Crest Hollow Country Club, Events by DJ Rob, Levon Graphics Corp., Long Island Frame & Art Gallery, Minuteman Press, Outer Focus Photography, Onyx Print Studio, Precision Pictures- Video and Sir Speedy.

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