Boat raffle benefitting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island still on

Hamptons Offshore Invitational Canceled




Scott Horowitz was looking forward to the 20th Anniversary celebration of the Hamptons Offshore Invitational.

The Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club-hosted event benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, and Horowitz, a Town of Southampton Trustee, is on the organization’s board of directors, was president of the Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club for 10 years, and founded and is chairman of the annual fishing tournament.

“Unfortunately, I had to make a decision on this for safety,” he said. “This is a big blow to the local economy and also to the charity.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island’s mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally-supported, one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better.

Horowitz said that while the tournament has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sayville-based White Water Marine, a longtime partner and event sponsor, secured a boat — a 2020 Sportsman 232 Open Center Console fishing boat — for the annual raffle. Tickets are $100, and only 1000 will be sold.

Horowitz, who has raised over $2 million for the cause, is hoping to raise the full $100,000.

“This year we are facing unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19,” a letter signed by Horowitz and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island Chief Executive Officer Mark Cox read. “Let’s come together as a community by supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters Long Island during these difficult times and sell every raffle ticket we can.”

Visit bbbsli.org/event/2020-boat-raffle-ticket for more trailer package information and to purchase raffle tickets. You can also email Director of Development Meredith McCaslin at mmccaslin@bbbsli.org. A photo of the ticket stub or stubs will be emailed, instead of mailed to a purchaser.

Cox will be hosting a live ticket drawing on August 23 to announce the winner.

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