LONG ISLAND AREA AWARD RECIPIENTS

WBLI 106.1 FM & WBAB 102.3 FM – Babylon (Cox Media Long Island)

  • Birthday Wishes of Long Island

Birthday Wishes’ is a non-profit organization.  Its mission is to provide birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness.  All children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully, surrounded by family, friends, and others who care. Our grassroots philosophy fosters the spirit of volunteerism and community service in the adults, children, and families who donate their time and resources to the Birthday Wishes mission. Every year, Birthday along with a team of over 500 volunteers, make birthday dreams come true for over 1,000 homeless children in 64 local family shelters.  On March 15th, WBLI hosted Birthday Wishes of Long Island’s first “Food, Wine and Wishes” fundraiser.  This event featured chef’s from throughout Long Island sampling their specialties, plus local wine and great raffle prize.  This unique event raised over $23,000 for Birthday Wishes’ programs and services.

  • New York Blood Center

For over 20 years, WBAB and BLI have dedicated staff, airtime and digital and promotional resources to support the New York Blood Center, one of the largest community-based, non-profit blood collection and distribution organizations in the United States.

Just as Long Island has a never-ending need for critical blood donations, WBAB and BLI’s commitment to the New York Blood Center has no boundaries.  All throughout the year, WBAB and BLI support blood drives from Manhasset to Montauk, including hosting an annual blood drive at our studios in West Babylon and at Adventureland in Farmingdale.  WBAB and BLI also work with sponsors and partners, including Adventureland and King Kullen, to secure donation incentives and high-profile locations for blood drives.  Some of our most successful partnerships are at local Fire Houses, including record-breaking blood drives in at the Bay Shore and West Islip Fire Departments.

Starting in 2011, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, WBAB and BLI presented the “Give Life for Lives Lost” Blood Drive, encouraging Long Islanders the opportunity to do something positive in memory of the nearly 3,000 civilians and First Responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Within one week, over 3,000 blood donations were collected The stations have continued this effort each year on the anniversary of 9/11 as a tribute to the memory of our fallen friends and neighbors.

WALK 97.5 FM & 1370 AM; The Shark 94.3; 103.1 MAX FM; K-98.3 Long Island (Connoisseur Media)

  • Family Service League – Toy Drive

During the 2017 holiday season, Connoisseur Media Long Island teamed-up with Family Service League to help promote their Project Toy program.  Three LIVE broadcast donation events were held at various malls across Long Island. 103.1 MAX FM and 94.3 The Shark broadcast together at Westfield Sunrise Mall in Bay Shore, WALK 97.5 was at the Smith Haven Mall in Lake Grove, and K-98.3 went live from the Walt Whitman Mall in Melville.  In total, over 6,000 children benefited from toy donations collected from these broadcasts.

  • K-9 Corner with North Shore Animal League America

K-98.3 works w/ both the Town of Hempstead animal shelter and North Shore Animal League America by featuring pets available for adoption. The pets are talked about on-air, posted online and shared on the station’s social channels. The Town of Hempstead reports we’ve successfully found homes for 100% of the pets we feature and NSALA have an increase in adoptions because of our partnership.

WVVH-TV Hamptons Television, Long Island

  • United Cerebral Palsy – Employment Connection Mobile Training and Education Center

WVVH teamed up with United Cerebral Palsy and BNB Bank in Bridgehampton to promote the Employment Connection Mobile Training Education Center. One of the more difficult challenges facing disabled individuals is seeking employment.  The United Cerebral Palsy Mobile van helps solve the problem by bringing career services to disabled job seekers.   The van teaches job seekers about open positions, using computers, preparing resumes and conducting career assessments.   The Employment Connection has provided services to thousands of Long Island job seekers with disabilities. It helps workers with disabilities reach their employment goals.   Coverage of the opening of the van can be seen at https://youtu.be/WHr4Bmxxdws