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 [email protected]. 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.