BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND CELEBRATES
On January 24th, in celebration of National Mentoring Month, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) hosted its annual Winter Blast match event and book fair at Dave & Busters in Farmingdale. This year’s event was attended by over 60 matches (Big and Little), who all enjoyed a fun filled day of games, food and amazing raffles. The event also included a book fair, sponsored by Target, which allowed for every Little to leave with brand new books.
Each match received a Dave & Busters unlimited power play card and 25 raffle tickets to use for the Chinese auction. Raffle prizes included a wide selection of items ranging from Nike sneakers, GUESS brand wristlets, board games, craft sets, acoustic guitars, gift certificates and several bicycles. Separate from the raffle prizes, a variety of backpacks, sports equipment (donated by Sports Authority), hats & scarves (donated by Care to Knit) and coats were available for all Littles to take home.
BBBSLI coordinates match activities and events throughout the year as part of its on-going professional support of our programs mentoring relationships. The Winter Blast has become a highly anticipated event for both our Bigs and Littles. In addition to each match getting to enjoy a fun time together, events such as Winter Blast provide opportunities for all the Bigs and Littles to experience the support and joy of being part of the BBBSLI family. Providing group activities where our matches can come together, socialize and interact with the BBBSLI staff is very important to us as these events promote unity, belonging, and a sense of comradery with the agency as a whole.
Feeling the excitement in the room and seeing the enjoyment on the faces of every Little and Big in attendance was the perfect way for BBBSLI to celebrate National Mentoring Month!
Nearly 200 Children and 80 Families Receive Gifts & Meals from
On December 21st, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) brought joy directly to the doorsteps of children and families across Long Island through its annual Holiday for Kids’ Sake program which delivers holiday gifts and meals to those in need. Over 50 volunteer drivers gathered at Arrow Transfer and Storage in Hicksville to collect and deliver plenty of presents and 2 boxes of food to the doorsteps of nearly 200 children and 80 families.
The BBBSLI staff sorted through hundreds of brand new, unwrapped gift donations and gift cards generously donated by supporters of the agency, and hand-picked gifts for the children of those families served by the agency’s mentoring program.
For the first time ever, 100% of the children and families enrolled in the Holiday for Kids’ Sake program were sponsored, which means every single one of them received items specifically requested on their holiday wish list.
Thanks to the generous donations and support BBBSLI received from over 50 businesses, individuals and families, Holiday for Kids’ Sake was able to provide children with that ‘something special’ that they otherwise would not have received. Having presents and a full meal with all the trimmings delivered to their door also helped to alleviate some of the stress on the families, making this a joyful and promising holiday season.
“I thank you all, what a great surprise! My son loved all the gifts he received,” said one mother of a child in our program.“This organization has made my son happy. This is so loving, thank you.”
A very special thank you from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island to every person who's contributions made this year's program a tremendous success by helping to make this a magical holiday season for so many families and children in need!
BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF LONG ISLAND HOSTS HIGHEST GROSSING POKER AND NETWORKING EVENT TO DATE
On Tuesday, November 18th, more than 150 players competed in the ‘All In’ Poker Tournament benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI). The sold-out event was held at The Main Event Restaurant & Sports Bar in Farmingdale and raised nearly $34,000 making it a record-breaking event for BBBSLI in both attendance and money raised.
“I would like thank our presenting sponsor New York Life for their continued support of this exciting event,” said BBBSLI Director of Development Jamison Skala. “Our goal is to make our poker tournament series the largest poker and networking events on Long Island and judging by the attendance tonight and the support we received, we are well on our way to achieving that goal.”
Matthew Galiano revealed the championship hand at the coveted final table. Tom Johnson and Brian Luball finished in 2nd and 3rd Place, respectively. The top prize was a $1,500 Traveler’s Choice Voucher. Second prize was a 42’ inch LG Smart HD TV and the third place winner received a Wine & Spirits getaway at Hotel Indigo.
Thanks to those companies and individuals who donated prizes for the tournament: Hotel Indigo, Steve Madden, L.I. Picture Frame and Tim Foley. A special thanks was also extended to the event’s table sponsors which included:
American Land/Macker Inc.
Champion Electrical Maintenance & Communications
CHIPS Technology Group
Continental Home Loans
Executive Business Association
Fat Guy Media
New York Auto Giant
Steve Madden, Ltd.
The Merrick Madmen
The Whitmore Group
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.