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Alan Perlman, matched since 2005 with Little Brother Demarcus, was selected as the NY State Big Brother of the Year.

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Summer Sizzle Poker Tournament

The house was certainly full at The Main Event in Farmingdale on July 29th for the Summer Sizzle Poker Tournament. Over one-hundred people doubled down in support of mentoring and helped raise close to $25,000 to benefit the cause.

Special thank you to our event sponsor, Davy Jones Locker, for helping make the event such a success. In addition we’d like to thank our table sponsors, New York Life, Network Long Island (NLI), Steve Madden, The Whitmore Group LTD., Merrick Madmen, Executive Business Association (EBA), CHIPS Technology Group and Iron Cover Partners who helped support the event.

Prizes for the night included a grand prize of a getaway trip to either Las Vegas or Connecticut valued at $1,500 which was awarded to our tournament champion, Andrew Smith. Other prizes included sports memorabilia, East End wine tour getaway donated by Hotel Indigo, New York Mets tickets, a Samsung TV and much more!

Thanks to all those who helped make the night a memorable one. We look forward to seeing you all at the next poker tournament on November 18th!

Gala Kick-Off Cocktail Reception

On July 24th at the Crest Hollow Country Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island hosted the Gala Kick-Off cocktail reception. The Kick-Off is held each year as an introduction and pep-rally for what’s to come at the exciting main event, the Presidential Gala. The 16th Annual Presidential Gala, which is on October 2nd at the same location, is the largest fundraising event of the year for BBBSLI and the Kick-Off aides as a rally event for donations.

In attendance and announced as our honorees were Man of the Year, David Zlotnick, Woman of the Year, Kathleen Stanley and for the first time ever, Organization of the Year, Long Island Elite. Also in attendance were Big Sister Nikki Caputi and her Little Sister, Jesica. Nikki and Jesica have been matched for about two years and shared their stories with those in attendance about being a part of the BBBSLI family and how rewarding the experience has been thus far.

In total, the event raised nearly $100K in pledges which will go towards the total donations raised for the 16th Annual Presidential Gala. Thank you to all those who were in attendance to support BBBSLI and we look forward to seeing you in October!

If you are interested in attending the 16th Annual Presidential Gala, please contact Deanna Tropeano at:

Little Sister Jesica with Big Sister Nikki

Long Island, NY (July 2014) - Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI) has named Eloise Pisano as the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Eloise will be the agency’s main contact for all media inquiries as well as spearheading BBBSLI’s marketing efforts.

“We are thrilled to welcome Eloise Pisano to the BBBSLI staff,” said CEO Mark Cox. “Her drive, knowledge and team oriented attitude will be an invaluable asset to our agency.”

Eloise comes to BBBSLI with an extensive background in public relations and marketing from the non-profit sector to consumer products. For the past year, Eloise has been a Senior Publicist at 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc. where she was responsible for all public relations initiatives for The Popcorn Factory, Fannie May Confections and lead internal communications for the entire enterprise. Prior to, Eloise served as a Public Relations Manager at MSG Varsity, a division of Cablevision and as an Account Executive at MSL New York where she was part of a Silver Anvil Award winning team.

Born and raised on Long Island, Eloise holds a B.A. from New England College (Henniker, NH) and resides in North Babylon, NY with her husband.

Long Island, NY (June 2014) – Richard Grossi has been appointed to the Board of Directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island (BBBSLI).

Mr. Grossi is the Executive Vice President, Global Operations and Support at OpenLink, the global leader in Transaction Lifecycle Management (TLM) software for the commodity, energy and financial services industries.

“We’re excited to have Richard Grossi join our Board of Directors. He brings passion and excitement, diversity in knowledge, and valuable connections to the community,” stated Mark Cox, CEO of BBBSLI. “At OpenLink, he manages various business, support and technical teams focusing on meeting and exceeding customer requirements and satisfaction. We believe this experience will be invaluable to us, especially as we expand our services across Long Island.”

Through OpenLink, Mr. Grossi supported the annual Holiday for Kids’ Sake program by donating and delivering gifts to the doorsteps of BBBSLI families. In addition, he is playing an instrumental role in establishing a site-based mentoring program at the global headquarters of OpenLink in Uniondale, Long Island.

“I am extremely excited to join a very qualified team at BBBSLI,” said Richard Grossi. “For the past year, I have researched several organizations with the hope of providing my time and passion to one that aligned with my personal goals. After meeting with various members of this organization, I was impressed with both the vision of the organization as well as the people involved.”

Mr. Grossi also volunteers with various youth sports organizations in Melville, where he resides with his wife and two children.


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