Rising Stars Pay it Forward at Alzheimer’s Awareness Night

Rising Stars Scholarship Recipients paid it forward at The Alzheimer’s Awareness Night at Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center. This event, took place on October 19, 2016 and is a pre-cursor to the Alzheimer’s All-Star Basketball Classic which is the brainchild of Gordon Thomas, an all-star basketball player at St. John’s University who was drafted by the New York Knicks. He created the event in memory of his late father, helping to fight Alzheimer’s and build awareness among up-and-coming student athletes.

Rising Stars volunteers assisted staff from the Alzheimer’s Association of Long Island as they educated the attendees about the illness. All the participants were given the opportunity to gain understanding by completing a virtual Alzheimer’s experience simulating the symptoms that patient’s experience.

It was a special night as Rising Stars kids learned the value of helping others.

9th Grader Malachi Philips completes the virtual symptom experience

9th Grader Malachi Philips
completes the virtual symptom experience

Rising Stars enjoying the event

Rising Stars enjoying the event

Rising Stars Volunteers ~ happy to help out!

Rising Stars Volunteers ~ happy to help out!











Jonathan Piedra Essay

jonAt the Alzheimer’s awareness event I was lucky enough to hear inspiring words of courage and knowledge from Coach Gordon Thomas. After I learned the struggle that Gordon Thomas’s father went through with Alzheimer’s, the coach’s words caught my attention. After taking the test that makes you experience the pain that people with Alzheimer’s deal with while completing simple tasks, I was astonished after struggling to set a table and find a shirt. I learned the battle that people with Alzheimer’s fight every day and I am truly grateful for participating in the Rising Stars charity event, providing a set-up where I learned to be appreciative and be more sensitive to older people fighting this disease.


AJ Piedra Essay


Before I walked into the Alzheimer’s awareness event, I was ignorant on how much harder life can be when diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. One thing that really stood out to me was the image of the normal brain and a brain of someone who has Alzheimer’s. Parts of the brain start to dissolve, so when a person with Alzheimer’s can’t remember a name or task, that is the reason. Additionally, after putting on the special glasses, and special foot insoles, I felt a glimpse of how daily life is for an Alzheimer’s victim. I learned to be more patient and encouraging to them because life comes around harder for them. Knowing a little more about coach Gordon Thomas’s father, this event is well deserved in his remembrance. Being the first black detective in his town; he is a great role model for kids everywhere. I greatly appreciate participating for such an outstanding organization, and for yet exposing me to new things.

Eyeking is Proud to Announce Continued Support for Rising Stars Youth Program






Eyeking is Proud to Announce Continued Support for Rising Stars Youth Program

Melville, NY – Eyeking, the worldwide distributor and manufacturer of eyewear, is thrilled to announce their continued support for Rising Stars, the Long Island and NYC based nonprofit that supports youth in the Nassau County and Tri State area. A longtime supporter of the local organization, Eyeking will donate 200 pairs of its award winning Under Armour Eyewear to participants in the upcoming Rising Stars annual golf fundraiser to be held on October 11th at the Cherry Valley Country Club in Garden City, Long Island.

Rising Stars provides a solid foundation for hard to reach youth with yearly programs that utilize team sports to promote education and life skills. Shelly Goldman, President of Eyeking, says, “My father Lionel always stressed to me the importance of supporting educational, health and cultural organizations where we live and work. I am pleased to honor his memory in this way by supporting the wonderful work Rising Stars does with children in our community.” Fundraiser participants will receive their new Under Armour Eyewear styles when they check in for the event.

Rising Stars Executive Director Dan Gimpel says, “We are thrilled to work with Eyeking for our event this year. They are much more than just a sponsor for us but a real partner in our effort to make a meaningful difference to the youth of our community.”

About Rising Stars:
Since 1996, Rising Stars has placed an emphasis on developing the core values and life skills needed for children to make correct decisions throughout the formative teen years of high school. Rising Stars uses the power of teams as a conduit to mentor, teach, train, empower and enrich the lives of the youth within the community.

About Eyeking:
Eyeking, LLC is a fourth generation, award winning eyewear design firm that develops, markets and distributes globally, private label and licensed eyewear brands. Eyeking’s license partners include Under Armour Eyewear and Hobie Polarized. For more information on Eyeking please contact Lisa@lisawellspr.com