The stars were shining at Terrace on the Park on Thursday night as more than 40 top young professionals from around the borough were celebrated at The Queens Courier’s 2015 Rising Stars Awards & Networking Event.
During the event, attendees networked with people in various fields, including Karlee Perez, a professional wrestler who used to perform in the WWE and now has a role in a Spanish wrestling show called “Lucha Underground.”
The ceremony was attended by 550 people, a record high for the annual event.
“I flew in today just to come here to this exciting event,” Perez said, explaining that she was in the middle of shooting her new show in California. “I didn’t know what to expect. It’s great to be around such a diverse group.”
With the help of Perez, Josh Schneps, co-publisher of The Queens Courier, presented awards for outstanding performance to the night’s honorees. Along with Queens Courier publisher and CEO Vicki Schneps, the trio emceed the glamorous event.
Rising Stars is held every year to honor individuals who exemplify outstanding leadership skills not only in their chosen fields, but also in their community.
This year’s event sponsors were National Grid, TD Bank, Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care & Rehabilitation, Delta Airlines, Queens Library, Con Edison, Flushing Bank, Council for Airport Opportunity, Queens County Savings Bank, Time Warner Business Class, Samuel Field Y, Sandwire, Crystal Window & Door Systems, Investors Bank and Ehren Joseph Studios.
The honorees included Marc Michalic, Kareem Savinon, Karlee Perez, Massiel Mordan, Carl Mattone, Jennifer L. Smith, Stefan Malliet, Jessie A. Molina, Dr Curcio, Dr. Benjamin Malkin, Steven Palladino, Dr. Megwalu, Jessica Akde-Elmazi, Kim Matthews, Sonia Mylonas, Tommy DiMisa, Sal Joseph Crifasi, Jason Hilliard, Sara Anne Fingerman, Monisha Singla, Nicole Castriota, John-Ross “J.R.” Rizzo, Jessica Garcia, Stephanie Belanich, Jan Michael Quibir, Brian Miller, Keller Williams, Martin Charles, Ryan Marzullo, Lissa M. Benton, Ryan Marzullo, Lyle Sclair, Natalie Serse, Ryan Marzullo, Daniel Hochler, James Galleshaw, Ken Holiday-Robinson and Sante Antonelli.