Battea Participates in Tournament of Champions Victory
On January 25th, 2014, Battea’s founders, Mark Donaldson and Jonathan Wade, claimed victory in the charity table tennis tournament “Tournament of Champions Pong” in support of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City.
New York’s Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall was the center stage for the world class table tennis tournament on Friday, January 25th, 2014. Thirty-two teams from Wall Street firms, including banks, hedge funds and service providers, competed in doubles matches to raise money for one of New York’s oldest and most popular mentoring programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. With 50,000 spectators passing by throughout the day, Team Battea made it through four elimination matches and on to the finals.
Throughout highly competitive matches, Mark and Jonathan made incredible plays, frustrating their very technically sophisticated opponents. Five hours after battling their first opponent, Team Battea emerged victorious in the finals, and secured the championship trophy. When the Master of Ceremonies presented Team Battea with the Trophy Cup, and asked for their victory speech, Team Battea thanked Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City and the ToC Pong staff for their time and dedication, and offered an additional $10,000 donation to the organization to commemorate their victory. In total, this increased the funds raised through the event for the benefit of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City to $103,000.
“We are thrilled to support this phenomenal cause that makes such a meaningful impact on so many lives on a daily basis,” commented Mark Donaldson, Managing Director of Battea – Class Action Services, LLC. “We look forward to defending our title on behalf of Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City next year.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City
Big Brothers Big Sisters of NYC (BBBS of NYC), the nation’s first and NYC’s largest youth mentoring organization, has served the changing needs of New York City’s most at-risk youth since 1904. The volunteer- and donor-based organization offers a variety of specialized mentoring programs to help children facing more complex challenges – including immigrant youth, teen mothers and children of incarcerated parents – as well as the Workplace Mentoring Center, which helps businesses throughout New York City positively impact the lives of young people and build a foundation for professional success. Additionally, since 1992 BBBS of NYC has worked through its Center for Training and Professional Development to equip non-profit professionals throughout New York City to develop and enhance their own mentoring and youth-development programs and organizations.
Through the support of individuals, foundations and corporations, this not-for-profit agency has been able to change the lives of the city’s most disadvantaged children, matching them with caring adult role models – dependable friends who can help to expand their horizons, realize their potential and enrich their futures. To learn more, become a mentor and/or offer support, please visit www.bigsnyc.org.