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.
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!
The numbers speak for themselves. National research shows that positive relationships between Littles and their Bigs have a direct impact on children’s lives.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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!
Learn about our Donation Center
The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Donation Center was established in 1997 to assist in becoming a self-sustaining organization. The center enables us to continue to serve and increase service to children and families all across Long Island.
We send our fleet of trucks across Long Island six days a week and pick up gently used items at your doorstep. In doing so, the Donation Center saves 11 million pounds of clothing from Long Island landfills each year. Which means we have the capability of handling over 200,000 pounds of clothing each week. The clothing and items that are donated to the center are then turned into much needed funding for our mentoring program.
We accept donations of:
If you are interested in donating to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island visit the Donation Center section of the website or click: http://www.bbbsli.org/DONATION-CENTER/Donate-Now/ to learn about the numerous ways to can help support mentoring throughout Long Island!
Remember, mentoring works! Start something!