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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island is excited to announce the appointment of three new members to the Board of Directors. Jamessina Hille (The Garden City Hotel), Liz Meyers (Darby Dental Supply, LLC) and Kelly Stanley (Steinway Child & Family Services) will donate their time, expertise and provide access to their networking circles of other accomplished professionals on Long Island to aide in the continuing growth of the organization.

Jamessina Hille, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for The Garden City Hotel graduated Cum Laude with a B.S. from Northeastern University and sits on the BBBSLI Scholarship Committee and the Women's Fund of Long Island Young Leadership Awards Committee. She resides in Merrick with her husband, Keith, and two children Richard and Summer. "I am proud to join a Board of distinguished, passionate individuals, each dedicated to BBBSLI's mission,” said Jamessina of her new position.

Liz Meyers, Vice President of Marketing and Purchasing for Darby Dental Supply, LLC is currently working towards her B.A. in History. Through Darby’s Social Responsibility programs, Liz works with several local and global organizations including Oral Health America and Physicians for Peace. She lives in Ronkonkoma with her mom Peggy and said, “I am honored to be a part of such a wonderful organization. I am looking forward to working with the Board and the staff of BBBSLI to raise money, increase awareness and support children in need of mentoring.”

Kelly Stanley, a therapist at Steinway Child & Family Services, Inc., graduated from the University of Albany with a B.S. in Business Administration, Hofstra University with an MBA and Fordham University with a Master of Social Work. She is an LMSW, a member of the NASW and a Crisis Counselor at the Long Island Crisis Center. Kelly resides in Rockville Centre with her husband, Michael, and has two grown children, Ryan and Kara. “I am thrilled to be affiliated with an organization that does such important work with our youth,” said Kelly of her new Board of Directors position.

“As Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island grows to serve more children, we wanted to expand our Board of Directors to help continue the momentum moving forward,” said CEO, Mark Cox. “All three women are respected in their professional fields and will add another level of dedication to an already committed Board.”

The announcement was made to a room of almost 400 BBBSLI supporters at the 16th Annual Presidential Gala and the new Board members officially started their roles at the beginning of October. All three women will serve the Board of Directors by elevating the presence of the organization on Long Island, which will help provide more mentoring services to at-risk children.


On Thursday, October 2nd, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) held its 16th Annual Presidential Gala at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, NY. The spectacular event drew over three-hundred and eighty guests and raised nearly $250,000 for BBBSLI to continue providing quality mentoring and support services to Long Island’s youth.

Daniel Zlotnick and Kathleen Stanley were honored as this year’s ‘Man & Woman of the Year,’ and for the first time ever, Long Island Elite was honored as ‘Organization of the Year.’ Daniel Zlotnick, who donates his time to the BBBSLI Holiday for Kids’ Sake program, is the CEO of Katz Zlotnick & Associates and Applied Pension Services, LLC. Kathleen Stanley is a Senior Vice President for Capital One Bank and was recently named President of Hofstra University’s Zarb Business School Alumni Association. Long Island Elite is an organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of Long Island’s business professionals under the age of 40.

“I would like to congratulate Daniel Zlotnick, Kathleen Stanley and Long Island Elite as our ‘Man, Woman and Organization of the Year’,” said CEO Mark Cox. “The Gala was a huge success and we extend our sincere gratitude to our honorees and sponsors for their continued support.”

The highlight of the evening was Big Brother, Bob and Little Brother, Justin who both spoke candidly about their experiences as a mentor and mentee with BBBSLI. The touching words from Justin brought the crowd to their feet as he thanked Bob for his guidance and support throughout the past eight years they have been matched. Justin recalled the struggles he faced from not having a father in his life and Bob, who was brought to tears said “I couldn’t be more proud,” speaking of Justin, his accomplishments and how he has become a part of the family.

LI Press Publisher, Jed Morey, served as the emcee throughout the night’s dinner program which also featured an exciting live auction. Guests had the opportunity to bid on incredible auction items such as, an opportunity to meet New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter, Super Bowl XLIX tickets and an amazing home dinner party catered by the chef of world-famous Rao’s Italian restaurant located in New York City.

Capital One Bank was this year’s Presidential Sponsor, while Katz Zlotnick & Associates/Applied Pension Services, LLC and the Frank J. Antun Foundation were the Vice Presidential Sponsors. Wells Fargo was the Secretary of State Sponsor and Darby Dental, LLC and New York Community Bank served as Senate Sponsors. Congressional Sponsors included, Advantage Title, Hoenigmann & Cohen, CPA’s P.C., Lazer, Aptheker, Rosella & Yedid, P.C., OpenLink, Vantiv and Col. E. David & Carolyn Woycik.

Match Spotlight

Kait – “I like that I have someone to talk to.”
The Bigs who volunteer their time for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island all have different reasons why they chose to be a part of the organization. No matter the reason, everyone involved is looking to accomplish one goal: to make a BIG difference!

Laura has accomplished the goal of making a difference by being a Big Sister to Little Sister Kaitlyn. They have been matched for almost five years and their journey started after Laura went through a difficult time. “A few months after a close friend of mine passed away, I signed up to be a Big,” said Laura. “I decided to get involved because I needed an excuse to still do fun “kid” things.”

Kaitlyn, whose mom said she “needed to come out of her shell” signed up with hopes of opening up to others and communicating more. Kaitlyn says of Laura, “I like that I have someone to talk to. I like that we can talk about anything.” During the course of their Match, Laura and Kaitlyn have gone on nature walks and enjoy playing games at Chucky Cheese. Laura says, “I love to make normal everyday activities into an adventure. For example, when we went to Chucky Cheese one time we only talked to each other using British accents!”

Whether a Match has been together for three months or five years, a Big wants nothing but the best for their Little. “I hope that in the future Kait will stay true to herself and continue to be a caring, smart and funny person, “ said Laura. “I also hope that she will set goals for herself and know that she can achieve them if she works hard.”

Volunteering your time to be a part of BBBSLI as a Big is a rewarding experience. “Getting involved with BBBSLI gave me something positive and meaningful during a difficult time,” said Laura. As for advice to others who are thinking of becoming a Big, “You will likely get just as much (if not more) out of the program as your Little. It has been awesome to watch Kait grow into the person she is today and share in her accomplishments.”

If you’re interested in being a part of BBBSLI visit: http://www.bbbsli.org/VOLUNTEERS/ to learn how you can get involved.

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Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake

On September 20th a dozen supporters on cruisers, soft tails, and sport bikes hit the road to promote Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) and our mission to provide one-to-one mentoring to at-risk youth across Long Island. This year, riders helped raise nearly $10,000 which will allow BBBSLI to provide mentors to children who have been waiting for a Big Brother or Big Sister.

With the sun shining, riders arrived to the E. David Woycik, Jr. Building in Levittown to breakfast and a custom-fit pair of Harley Davidson sunglasses provided by Castle Merchandising Inc. In addition, one lucky participant rode away with a new drinking glass bar set, donated by Harley Davidson of Bellmore. Kickstands went up at 9 AM and the group headed seventy-three miles north, to scenic Bear Mountain. After taking a few photos up at the mountain the riders went on to enjoy lunch in Newburg overlooking the Hudson River.

“The third year of Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake was a great success,” said Jamison Skala, Director of Development for BBBSLI. “This is a fun event where supporters can marry their favorite hobby to their favorite non-profit and hit the road to spread the word that mentoring works.”

“This event wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support of Board Members, Tom Slome and Jeff Schwartzberg,” added Skala. “We can’t thank them enough for their efforts to help organize the event and be our Ride Captains for the day.”

If you’re interested in learning more about Cruisin’ for Kids’ Sake or want to participate next year, reach out to Jamison at jskala@bbbsli.org. We hope to see you next year!

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