Former New York Met legend Darryl Strawberry will be honored with the “Star of Stars” Award at The Queens Courier’s third annual Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event, which will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, February 3 at Citi Field.
In addition to honoring Strawberry, who is also owner of Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston, community and business leaders under 40 years of age will be recognized for their achievements. The 40 “Rising Stars” not only excel in their chosen professional fields but are also active in giving back to the community. Neil A. Carousso, a 15-year-old St. Francis Prep student whose involvement includes being an announcer and reporter, will receive the “Rookie of the Year” Award.
Networking and a trade show will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the event’s gift basket raffle will benefit Life’s WORC, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. The organization provides services that facilitate an independent and productive life for individuals with developmental disabilities such as mental retardation and autism.
The platinum sponsor of this year’s event is Metropolitan Hospitality at Citi Field. Additional sponsors include TD Bank, City University of New York, PSCH, Inc., Con Edison, White Castle, Queens County Savings Bank, Council for Airport Opportunity Inc., Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, New York Daily News, NY1 News, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s University and Strawberry’s Sports Grill.
Tickets for the Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event can be purchased online at www.queenscourier.com/events.
Anyone interested in finding out about being a part of the trade show or other sponsorship and participation opportunities should contact Maria Romero at 718-224-586, Ext.226.
Queens Courier 2011 Rising Stars:
Amina Olushola Heckstall
Mark A. Fayne
Frances O. Scarantino
George Gunter Schmidt
Jason R. Blake
April N. Brown
Ligia M. Guallpa
Malikka D. Karteron
Simone Louise Price
Ryan J. Walsh, Esq.
Shavone Hamilton, LCSW, BCD, CASAC
Brooke L. Brown
Rudy J. Breedy