The Business Council of Westchester will host a Racing & Rolling with the Rising Stars event this evening to benefit social services organization Lifting Up Westchester.The event will take place at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco on Nov. 9 from 4:45 to 8 p.m. and include go kart racing and bowling followed by a reception.
The organization selects its “rising stars,” young professionals who demostrate strong leadership, dedication, creativity and innovation, each year. The Rising Stars Leadership Council then selects an organization for the Rising Stars alumni to support.
Following a grant application, review and interview, Lifting up Westchester was selected from a pool of 30 local nonprofits.
Grace’s Kitchen, the organization’s soup kitchen, will be the focus of the Rising Stars’ fundraising and volunteer efforts during the coming year. Last year, Grace’s Kitchen provided 20,000 free, nutritious meals for hungry individuals.
The Racing and Rolling fundraising effort will help pay for holiday meals served at Grace’s Kitchen. Participants will also be asked to bring a food item to help fill the 500 holiday grocery bags that nonprofit will distribute to individuals and families throughout Westchester.
“We are thrilled that the BCW Rising Stars selected our organization as this year’s designee,” said Anahaita Kotval, executive director of Lifting Up Westchester. “It’s a testament to their support of our county’s economy, businesses and nonprofits and demonstrates their commitment to caring for our neighbors in need, individuals who sometimes escape the public’s eye.”
By partnering with Lifting Up Westchester, the Rising Stars hope to raise awareness about the severity of hunger in Westchester where 200,000 individuals including 70,000 children are hungry or on the brink of hunger every year.
“I am truly pleased that the Rising Stars Leadership Council and their chairman Eon Nichols have chosen such a worthy organization and continue to contribute to causes that reduce suffering and fight hunger in our community,” said Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the BCW.
To register for the event, visit the organization’s website.