Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment

Night of Nations


Thu, Apr 28th 2022 at 5:30 PM EDT


Thu, Apr 28th 2022 at 6:30 PM EDT


To be determined


RISE is hosting our 4th Annual Night of Nations Fundraiser.  Our event will be held virtually, emceed by Emmy nominated anchor Christie Casciano, NewsChannel 9. The event is free to attend. Please join us in celebrating our wonderful honorees who support and work closely with RISE to forward our mission. 

Night of Nations is a predominant source of funding to allow RISE to continue and enhance essential services to empower refugees and immigrants here in Central New York. Please consider a generous donation that will make a significant difference in the continuation of programs to support self-sufficiency for hundreds of New Americans on their journey.

Our gratitude goes out to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: C&S Foundation 

“At C&S, we believe that we exist to improve our communities. And RISE provides such an important service to the refugee and immigrant members of our Syracuse community. By helping to provide tools for empowerment and economic independence while helping immigrant and refugee families to maintain their cultural identities, the work that RISE is doing has such a direct positive impact. We are happy to support this event and the efforts of your team.” Chuck Brooks, Director, C&S Foundation, PE, P.Eng   

Partnership Sponsors: Ashley McGraw Architects and The Reisman Foundation

Supporting Sponsors: KeyBank, Loretto, Molina Healthcare, Prudent Engineering LLP and Wegmans

Community Sponsors: CenterState CEO, Hayner Hoyt Corporation, King + King Architects, LeCHASE, Project C by National Grid, E. Smith Contractors, LLC, NH Smith Consulting, St. Joseph’s Health, Syracuse University, TruCare Connections, Inc., and Upstate University Hospital. 

Our Special Event Media Partners: NewsChannel 9 and Park Outdoor Advertising

To join our distinguished event sponsors please contact 


Michelle Saya, RN, BSN, MSN, Event Co-Chair        

Joseph Alfieri, PE, PMP, Event Co-Chair

Haji Adan, Executive Director, RISE 

Nancy Smith, RISE Board Member

Dolly Baruah

Frances B. Hradil

Heidi Davis

Katarina Kostic

Lucy Spence