Refugee and Immigrant Self-Empowerment

Annual Night of Nations Event

Tickets available online only:


Thu, Apr 27th 2023 at 5:30 PM EDT


Thu, Apr 27th 2023 at 9:00 PM EDT


Syracuse University Veterans Resource Center

101 Waverly Avenue

Syracuse, NY 13224


RISE is hosting our Fifth Annual Night of Nations Event.  Our event will be held at Syracuse University, National Veterans Resource Center, emceed by Emmy nominated anchor Christie Casciano, NewsChannel 9. Tickets for the event may be purchased online only. 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.

Please note: Cultural Dress or Business Attire encouraged

Entertainment provided by:

  • Adanfo Ensemble ( Adult African Dance & Drumming Group, featuring  David “Etse” Nyadedzor, Leader and Master Drummer)
  • Blessings In Motion (Children’s African Dance Group)

Our gratitude goes out to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor: Syracuse University  

Educational Sponsors: Central New York Community Foundation, The Hayner Hoyt Corporation and Humana

Self-Sufficiency Sponsor: C & S Foundation and Molina Healthcare

Advocacy Sponsor: Allyn Family Foundation, Ashley McGraw Architects, Excellus, KeyBank, Loretto, The Reisman Foundation and United Healthcare

Community Sponsors: Architecteam, Bousquet Holstein PLLC, CenterState CEO, King + King Architects, N.H. Smith Consulting, Pathfinder Bank, Stickley, TruCare Connections, Wegmans and Upstate Medical University 

Our Special Event Media Partners: NewsChannel 9, FM88 WAER and Park Outdoor Advertising

To join our distinguished event sponsors please contact 

Our Night of Nations Auction is NOW live! Click here: We invite you to bid on beautiful, one-of-a-kind items, made by local businesses and artisans, as well as unforgettable experiences. All funds raised will benefit programs and services for refugees and immigrants right here at home in Central New York.


Joseph Alfieri, PE, PMP, Event Co-Chair

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

Haji Adan, Executive Director, RISE 

Nancy Smith, RISE Board Member

Frances Bisceglia, RISE Director of Development 

Sarah Chamberlain

Annette Gates

Zeeshan James

Katarina Kostic

Cheryl Matt

Mark Matt

Richard Whitson