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Get to Know the 16th Annual Presidential Gala Honorees

The 16th Annual Presidential Gala will be held on October 2nd at the Crest Hollow Country Club. This year, we are honoring Man of The Year, David Zlotnick, Woman of the Year, Kathleen Stanley and for the first time, Organization of the Year, Long Island Elite. All three honorees are invaluable assets to their community and are significant supporters of our mission to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Man of The Year - Daniel Zlotnick is CEO of Katz Zlotnick & Associates and Applied Pension Services, LLC, in Hauppauge, New York. As CEO, Daniel oversees the company’s wealth management, corporate benefits divisions and third-party administration firm. Daniel is a highly recognized speaker in the utilization of fringe benefits and wealth management techniques for businesses and executives. He has been an invited speaker to the New York Stock Exchange, served as a faculty member at Lawlin, frequent speaker for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and various other speaking venues. Daniel has also been published by various journals and newspapers.

He is an active supporter of many community and charitable causes, including the ALS Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Services. Daniel’s first experience with BBBSLI was attending the annual Gala over 10 years ago. After learning of the agency’s Holiday for Kids’ Sake, he decided the event could be a great experience for his two children. It has since become an annual requirement for his family, and many of his children’s friends as well.

Woman of The Year - Kathleen Stanley is a Senior Vice President and Regional Sales Manager for Capital One Bank. With more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, Kathleen directs a staff of 10 and is responsible for the sales of cash management products and services for the Northeast Commercial Bank. Prior to joining Capital One, Kathleen launched the Treasury Management Department for both Empire National Bank, State Bank of Long Island and worked as a treasury sales advisor for Bank of New York.

In 2009 she was recognized as one of Long Island’s 40 rising stars under the age of 40; and in 2007, as a Woman of Achievement in Banking and Finance by the Long Island Center for Business and Professional Women. In 2012 Kathleen was a Butterfly Award recipient at the Inaugural Girls Incorporated of Long Island Butterfly Awards Dinner.

Kathleen is a board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and was recently named President of Hofstra University’s Zarb Business School Alumni Association. She is an avid supporter of the NSLIJ Katz Women’s Hospital and sits on their Commerce and Industry Committee.

Organization of The Year - Long Island Elite, founded in 2002, is an organization dedicated to fostering the growth and development of Long Island’s business professionals under the age of 40, making up the region’s emerging business leaders. Members of LIE and its board of advisors accomplish their goals through programs, activities and special events that support and raise funds for Long Island’s not-for-profit community. They look to impact the future of Long Island by standing together to support each member’s career and by helping those who are less fortunate in their own backyard.

This year, LIE selected Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island as their charity partner. Over the next year its members will be actively supporting, attending and participating in BBBSLI events and activities. The joint effort will have a large impact on the surrounding community and make a difference in the lives of young people all over Long Island.

If you are interested in attending the Gala or have any questions, please reach out to Deanna Tropeano at: dtropeano@bbbsli.org, (516) 731-7880 x.214. We hope to see you there!

14th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament Supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Mentoring Programs on the East End

Starting on August 15th and running until August 24th, the 14th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament hosted by The Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club (SMTC) will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.

Headquartered at Oakland’s Restaurant and Marina in Hampton Bays, the tournament kicked off with a Captains Meeting on August 15th. Sixty-one boats registered for the eight day tournament in the Overnight and Day categories. Since the tournaments inception over $1 million in revenue has been raised in support of mentoring on the East End of Long Island.

When the tournament comes to a close on August 24th, a dinner will be held at Oakland’s where the tournament winners will be awarded trophies. In addition, there will be a silent auction, Chinese raffle and a chance to win a $115,000 boat. Over thirty sponsors are contributing to this week’s activities helping to provide a successful event.

“BBBSLI owes a huge thanks to SMTC as well as the tournament sponsors and all those who are participating in the fishing tournament this week,” said Mark Cox, CEO of BBBSLI. “The support BBBSLI is receiving goes beyond a dollar amount as this will help us continue to be the premiere mentoring agency on Long Island supporting the East End.”

BBBSLI is extremely active in the East End of Long Island and due to the money raised from the 14th Annual Hamptons Offshore Invitational Tournament the organization can thrive and grow within the community. Through such programs as the School Based Mentoring program at Hampton Bays High School and starting this school year at Pierson High School in Sag Harbor, BBBSLI has impacted hundreds of children throughout the East End. In addition, at the conclusion of the 2013-2014 school year, BBBSLI awarded three Hampton Bays High School seniors, who were mentors in the School Based Mentoring Program, with over $30,000 in scholarship money in partnership with NBTY Helping Hands.

For more information on the Hamptons Invitational Offshore Tournament go to http://www.hamptonsoffshore.com/ or contact Deanna Tropeano at (516) 731-7880 ext. 214 or dtropeano@bbbsli.org.

Meet One of our Matches

 Devin – “It’s nice to have someone to believe in me.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island couldn’t exist if it weren’t for our volunteers. We pride ourselves on creating relationships that last and of course make a difference in the life of a child.

Big Brother Bob and Little Brother Devin have been matched for 3 months. Bob decided to get involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island after his daughters had grown up, went to college or moved out - he thought this was the perfect time in his life to give back. “I looked back on my life growing up and there were adults who made a positive impact on me in a mentoring role, so I wanted to explore doing that for a child in need.”

At 14, Little Brother Devin, who now has his first job at a local McDonald’s, says that he might have been on the waiting list for a short time but “it was worth the wait to get paired up with Bob.” Devin’s grandmother heard about BBBSLI and thought it would be a great program for her son as she felt he needed a mentor due to not having a male role model in his life.

“Bob is a quality person that treats me well,” says Devin. “The BBBSLI program gives me someone to spend time with, have some fun and to help me think about positive career goals and life choices.”

Some of the outings Big Brother Bob and Little Brother Devin have enjoyed is the Annual Summer Picnic hosted by BBBSLI, Match Events such as NY Mets or Long Island Ducks games and the Corenet Golf Outing which was a third-party fundraising event benefitting BBBSLI. Bob says, “One of the most enjoyable outings was early on in our match. Devin and I hiked along the beach and we talked for hours. We really got to know each other that day.”

Bob goes on to say that, “Devin is well on his way to being a successful young man. Sometimes we just speak on the phone for a few minutes here and there to catch up. The simplest of outings are the most rewarding.”

For those who are interested in being a Big, Bob says to “just get involved, be patient, be a good listener and enjoy the ride. I have learned a lot about myself during the time I’ve been matched with Devin. It’s a program that is a win-win for all.”

If you’re interested in being a part of BBBSLI, a program in which Devin describes as “phenomenal,” visit: http://www.bbbsli.org/VOLUNTEERS/ to learn how you can get involved.

Remember, Mentoring Works! Start Something!

Mentoring Works

The numbers speak for themselves. National research shows that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct impact on children’s lives.

  • Littles are 46% less likely to begin using illegal drugs
  • Littles are 27% less likely to begin using alcohol
  • Littles are 52% less likely to skip school

Our mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

How do you become a part of the cause?

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island offers multiple ways to participate:

1.   Do you have a few hours twice a month to spend time with a child who could benefit from a positive role model?  Enjoy going to the Park?  Visiting a library? Participating in a community service projects? Then being a Big Brother or Little Sister might be for you! Visit the Volunteers section of our website at: http://www.bbbsli.org/VOLUNTEERS/ to sign up and learn more!


2.   Do you have slightly used items? Donate them! We have bins throughout Long Island and we will even come right to your doorstep to pick them up. Visit the Donations section of our website at: http://www.bbbsli.org/DONATION-CENTER/Donation-Main/ for details.


3.   Want to make a financial gift? You can write a check payable to: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island and mail it to:

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island

The E. David Woycik, Jr. Building

70 Acorn Lane

Levittown NY 11756


4.   Do you own a business or work for a company? You can donate prizes or sponsor one of our many events. If you’re interested contact Deanna Tropeano at dtropeano@bbbsli.org


5.   How about organizing a companywide clothing drive? We can help you arrange one at your company or business. Call us at (631) 234-0000 x115 for more information!

The time is now, start something amazing today and help change the life of a child in your community!


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