CRUCIAL EXPERIMENT CROWNED 2014 BATTLE OF THE BANDS CHAMPIONS
IN SUPPORT OF BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND
Crucial Experiment was crowned the Champion of the 2nd Annual Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Battle of the Bands presented by Sam Ash Music. Over 150 guests braved the rain and rocked out at Mulcahy’s in Wantagh, raising more than $10,000 in support of mentoring.
Contenders included The Little Red Men, whose members are all high school juniors & seniors, and The Montauk Project, back to defend their 2013 title. Crucial Experiment was the final performance of the evening, winning over the judging panel with their mix of alternative rock, original music and classic covers.
Crucial Experiment has performed together for more than ten years and includes band members Chris Fahey (Drums & Vocals), Phil Zirkuli (Keyboard & Vocals), Jason DeVore (Lead Guitar), Sean Michel (Guitar), Tom Fogarty (Bass & Vocals) and Jeff Pollack (Percussion).
Event Emcee DJ Rocky of WBAB and Jamison Skala, Director of Development of BBBSLI, entertained the crowd in between sets and acknowledged volunteer mentors, a Big Brother and Big Sister, who were in attendance. Throughout the evening, lucky winners took home a grand door prize - a 2014 team signed New York Islanders jersey- as well as over $600 from the 50/50 raffle.
“I would like to extend a special thank you to our sponsors, guests and talented musicians who made this event a great success,” said Mark Cox, CEO of BBBSLI. “We all look forward to Crucial Experiment defending their title in the 2015 Battle of the Bands.”
Thank you to the 2014 Battle of the Band Sponsors: Sam Ash Music- Presenting Sponsor, Thomas Slome of Meyer Suozzi English & Klein – Event Founder, Rosenthal & Rosenthal – Band Sponsor, Arrow Transfer & Storage- Band Sponsor, Molloy College – Band Sponsor and Peckbuilt – Awards Sponsor.
DISTINGUISHED LONG ISLAND BUSINESSWOMEN APPOINTED TO
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
16th ANNUAL PRESIDENTIAL GALA RAISES NEARLY $250,000
FOR BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND
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.
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.
Remember, Mentoring Works! Start Something!