The Business Council of Westchester to Host Racing & Rolling with the Rising Stars on November 9

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Fun-filled alumni council event to benefit Lifting Up Westchester

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The Business Council of Westchester (BCW) is proud to announce the upcoming Racing & Rolling with the Rising Stars event which will benefit Lifting Up Westchester (LUW), a social services organization which serves all of Westchester County. The event, which will take place at Grand Prix New York in Mount Kisco on Thursday, November 9 from 4:45-8:00 pm will combine go cart racing and bowling activities followed by a reception.

Each year the BCW’s Rising Stars Leadership Council selects an organization for the Rising Stars Alumni to support. After a submission process which includes a grant application, review and interview, LUW was selected out of 30 local not-for-profits. Grace’s Kitchen, LUW’s soup kitchen will be the focus of their fundraising and volunteer efforts during the coming year.

Grace’s Kitchen is the largest soup kitchen in White Plains and the only place where hungry individuals can get a nutritious meal every Monday to Friday and on all holidays. For over 40 years, Grace’s Kitchen has been on the frontlines of hunger prevention. Last year it provided 20,000 free, nutritious meals, including 2,000 meals served on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s.

Anahaita Kotval, Executive Director of Lifting Up Westchester said, “In keeping with our agency’s goal of creating pathways to self-sufficiency for our 4,500 clients, Grace’s Kitchen goes beyond simply providing free meals. A case manager is on site every day talking to clients and working with them to create longer term solutions to their food insecurity problems.”

“I am truly pleased that the Rising Stars Leadership Council, and their chairman Eon Nichols, have chosen such a worthy organization, and continue to contribute to causes that reduce suffering and fight hunger in our community,” explained Marsha Gordon, president and CEO of the BCW.

By partnering with LUW, the Rising Stars hope to raise awareness about the severity of hunger in Westchester where 200,000 individuals including 70,000 children are hungry or on the brink of hunger every year.

The Racing and Rolling fundraising effort will help pay for holiday meals served at Grace's Kitchen. Participants will also be asked to bring a food item to help fill the 500 holiday grocery bags that LUW will distribute to individuals and families throughout Westchester to ensure that they too can enjoy festive holiday meals in the comfort of their own homes.
“We are thrilled that the BCW Rising Stars selected our organization as this year’s designee,” said Kotval. “It’s a testament to their support of our County’s economy, businesses and nonprofits and demonstrates their commitment to caring for our neighbors in need, individuals who sometimes escape the public’s eye.”

Approximately 200 people are expected to attend the event. To register, visit http://web.thebcw.org/events/Racing-and-Rolling-with-the-Rising-Stars-1505/details

About Lifting Up Westchester
Lifting Up Westchester (http://www.liftingupwestchester.org) is a 501 (c)(3) organization whose mission is to restore hope to Westchester County’s men, women and children in need by providing them with food, shelter and support- lifting them to greater self-sufficiency with dignity and respect. It is one of the largest social services agencies in Westchester County and has been fulfilling its mission since 1979 through the operation of eight community-based programs. The agency serves 4,500 men, women and children each year providing 140,000 meals to the hungry and 28,000 nights of shelter to the homeless. For more information, visit http://www.liftingupwestchester.org or contact Chris Schwartz at cschwartz(at)liftingupwestchester(dot)org.

About the Business Council of Westchester
The County’s largest and most influential business membership organization, The Business Council of Westchester is committed to helping businesses market, learn, advocate and grow. In addition, The Business Council of Westchester is actively involved in reviewing federal, state and county legislation and regulations in order to assess the potential impact on the business community and to influence the outcomes through advocacy when the business community’s interests may be affected. It also acts as an information resource for the business community and government leaders at all levels. Visit http://www.thebcw.org.

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