2018 Rising Stars Youth Foundation Gala an Event to Remember, says Paul Savramis

Paul Savramis Gala Dinner 2018In 1996, Paul Savramis founded the Rising Stars Youth Foundation with one goal: To provide every child with an equal opportunity for success in life and to be their best. That was more than three decades ago. Today, his simple formula of utilizing a basketball program to reach and teach has morphed into a lifestyle for hundreds of boys and girls. Each year, RSYF hosts an annual dinner to honor these students and recognize the men, women, and businesses that help to make Rising Stars’ programs possible.

For the past seven years, the Gala has been hosted at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park. 2018 continued this tradition and introduced the most recent Man of the Year, Mr. Joe Feshbach. Mr. Feshbach joined an impressive fraternity of past men of the year. They include

MidOcean Partner CEO Ten Virtue, Mr. Thomas J. Quinlan, III, Chairman, President and CEO of LSC Communications, Mark Clouse, CEO Pinnacle Foods, Seth Waugh, Former CEO of Deutsche Bank, and Goldman Sachs director of Alumni Mike Troy. All of these men have been honored for their belief and support of Rising Stars programs, but Mr. Feshbach was the first to have gone through the foundation with his son Josh from grades three through graduation of college (Brown University). His moving speech and personal perspective brought a special meaning and awareness to the event.

The Gala, which raises awareness of RSYF’s good work, is always a sold-out event and features Master of Ceremonies, Jay Williams. Williams is a former NBA pro and ESPN personality that is also an alumni of Rising Stars. Paul Savramis explains that Williams and his family have always been supportive of the program and like Mr. Feshbach have had the added perspective of being a part of the program since Jay was in 5th grade. But as Paul Savramis is quick to point out, the real stars of the event are always the kids.

In addition to honoring the Man of the Year and getting to enjoy Mr. William’s commentary throughout the evening, guests of the Gala get to see first-hand the impact RSYF has on their community through the stories, speeches, and testimonials of the actual RSYF kids and parents.

Paul Savramis explains that the Gala kicks off scholarship season, where deserving students are given the chance to attend one of the area’s best high schools to receive a needed private education. These kids, who have all shown academic prowess, community involvement, and athletic skill, are tomorrow’s leaders and role models for their brothers, sisters, and classmates today.

The Gala is not simply about financial assistance, says Paul Savramis. It helps to provide hope for some of NY’s most vulnerable adolescents.

For more information about RSYF, visit RisingStarsYouthFoundation.com.

Rising Stars 2018 Gala Video

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Paul Savramis: Rising Stars Youth Foundations Community Service Updates, March 2018

Paul SavramisMarch was a busy month for RSYF student athletes, says organization founder Paul Savramis. Here, Savramis offers updates on one of the most heartwarming service projects of the year.

Q: What event did student athletes participate in on March 25?

Paul Savramis: On March 25th, several of our Rising Stars students spent the day prepping meals for 80 families staying at the Ronald McDonald House, a charity that provides no-cost accommodations for families of terminally ill children. The Meals from the Heart Program was designed to offer a moment of respite for weary moms, dads, and siblings.

Q: Why are events like this important for students in the Rising Stars Youth Foundation program?

Paul Savramis: At RSYF, we put athletics second. The greater good of our community is always first. Service projects such as this offer our teens the opportunity to give back and to learn about the people of their community. It’s a way to teach responsibility and good stewardship.

Paul SavramisQ: What are the guidelines for the Meals from the Heart Program?

Paul Savramis: Participants must be at least 16 years of age. Groups are limited to no more than 12 people, making this an intimate and endearing project for the students who have the opportunity to serve. Each group gets to plan their own menu and prepare the food themselves meaning this is also an opportunity to brush up on or learn a valuable life skill: cooking.

Q: Can you offer any general information on the New Hyde Park Ronald McDonald House?

Paul Savramis: The RMH serves families of children staying in long-term care at the Cohen’s Children’s Hospital. Many of the families arrive after receiving a sudden and devastating medical diagnosis, often cancer. The home sits on the hospital campus and has offered accommodations for more than 30,000 families since opening in 1986.