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ANNUAL GALA

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2024

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JOIN US FOR THE 2024 RIVERSIDE HAWKS ANNUAL GALA

Celebrate with us at the Riverside Annual Gala, our largest fundraising event supporting the Riverside Hawks' mission to enhance academic opportunities and career prospects through sports.

ASWAN MORRIS

Executive Director

WHERE IS THE EVENT :

Mandarin Hotel | 80 Columbus Circle (Broadway) New York, NY 10023

WHEN IS THE EVENT :

Thursday, November 7, 2024

OUR GALA HONOREES

CELEBRATING EXCELLENCE AT THE RIVERSIDE ANNUAL GALA

At the 2024 Riverside Annual Gala, we are proud to honor outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to our community and embody the values of the Riverside Hawks. These honorees have demonstrated exceptional commitment, leadership, and support for our mission to enhance academic and athletic opportunities for youth.

Past honorees include Chris Mullin (NBA Legend, Basketball Hall of Fame), Earl Monroe (NBA Legend, Basketball Hall of Fame), Stephen A. Smith (ESPN), Portia Archer (COO, NBA G League), Ahmad Rashad (NFL Legend, Sports Commentator), Swin Cash (WNBA Legend, Basketball Hall of Fame), Mark Mason (CFO, Citi), and Scott Mills (President, BET).

Join us in recognizing their achievements and celebrating their impact.

Erik Gershwind

President & Chief Executive Officer, MSC Industrial Supply Co.

Phil Isom

Partner, Willkie Farr & Gallagher, LLP

LEADING THE WAY TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

2024 GALA CO-CHAIRS

We are honored to introduce our esteemed Gala Co-Chairs for the 2024 Riverside Annual Gala. Their unwavering commitment and leadership play a pivotal role in our event's success and our programs' continued growth.

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Emily & Clarence Anderson
Deb & Jeff Bailey
Jared & Wendy Bartie
Erika Irish Brown & Frank Brown, Jr.
Howard Feinglass
Derek & Regina Ferguson
Erik & Jackie Gershwind
Phil & Anne Isom
Scott & Amy Jaffee
Matt Lentz
Rick & Jennifer Lerner
Chris Robinson

ABOUT RIVERSIDE

EMPOWERING YOUTH THROUGH SPORTS AND EDUCATION

The Riverside Hawks have been a staple program in the Harlem community since our founding in 1961. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for youth to use sports as a vehicle to improve academic outcomes, and in turn, improve career prospects. The strength of our basketball program is legendary. Notable alums include Donovan Mitchell, Ty Jerome, Eric Paschal, Chris Mullin, Tiny Archibald, Kenny Smith, Kenny Anderson, Ed Pinckney, Metta World Peace, Elton Brand, and Malik Sealy.

The Riverside Hawks continues to provide comprehensive basketball instruction, and additionally, a key focus of our programming today is providing hands-on academic support to the students in our program. We have over 700 girls and boys beginning in kindergarten through high school in our academic and basketball programs. Almost 70% of our students come from the Washington Heights, Harlem, and Bronx neighborhoods. Almost 80% of them come from family households categorized as low to moderate-income. Our elite-level girls and boys basketball teams play in nationally recognized showcase tournaments and rank among the top teams in the nation. And, most importantly, our students’ academic achievements speak for themselves, since 2018:

  • 100% high school graduation rate in 2024
  • 100% of graduates went on to college or post-graduate prep schools
  • Over $5 million in college scholarships and grants since 2021
  • Over $550,000 in prep school scholarships since 2021
SUPPORT OUR MISSION

TICKETS & SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Join us at the Riverside Annual Gala and make a significant impact on the lives of our youth. By purchasing a ticket or becoming a sponsor, you are directly supporting our mission to provide academic and athletic opportunities. Explore the various levels of engagement and choose the one that best aligns with your capacity to give and your desire to make a difference. Each level offers unique benefits and recognition, ensuring a rewarding experience for all contributors.

EVENT GALLERY

RELIVE THE MEMORIES: 2023 RIVERSIDE ANNUAL GALA HIGHLIGHTS

Explore or gallery of photos from the 2023 Riverside Annual Gala. Witness the joy, celebration, and impact of our premier fundraising event. From heartfelt speeches, honoree recognition, and elegant dining, these images capture the essence of a memorable evening. 

OUR PARTNERS

SPONSORS AND PARTNERS

We extend our heartfelt thanks to our incredible sponsors and partners. Your generous support and commitment make the Riverside Annual Gala possible and help us continue our mission to empower youth through sports and education. Each partnership plays a crucial role in the success of our programs, providing invaluable resources and opportunities for our community. 

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CONTACT US FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

We’d love to hear from you! If you have questions about the Riverside Annual Gala, need more information about our programs, or are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us. Our team is here to assist you and provide any additional details you may need.

EVENT VENUE :

The Mandarin Oriental, New York

LOCATION ADDRESS :

80 Columbus Circle (Broadway), New York, NY 10023