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Nearly 200 Children and 80 Families Receive Gifts & Meals from
BBBSLI Holiday for Kids’ Sake Program

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!



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
Hotel Indigo
New York Auto Giant
Organized Momentum
Signature Bank
Steve Madden, Ltd.
The Merrick Madmen
The Whitmore Group


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.

 Crucial Experiment

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.

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