October 19, 2017  |  6:30-8:30pm
New York Public Library, McGraw Rotunda

Andrew Solomon, National Book Award-Winning Author
Jeanette Vega, Nancy Fortunato, Sharkkarah Harrison, Rise Parent Leaders


HEROES: Lauren and Steve Pilgrim

ADVOCATES: Rebecca Boucher, Casey Family Programs, Catholic Guardian Services

GUARDIANS: Jeff Gramm, Marcia Reilly

ALLIES: Cardinal McCloskey Community Services, Center for Family Representation, Children’s Village, Forestdale Inc., Graham Windham, JCCA, New York Foundling, Sheltering Arms

Leslie Abbey, Anstiss Agnew, Courtney Allison and David Horowitz, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Susan Chinitz, COFCCA, Amy Eller, Dana Guyet, Elizabeth Kandall, Bonnie Kornberg, David Lansner and Carolyn Kubitschek, Gwen Libstag, Jerry McCaffery, Pamela Maffei McCarthy, Lindsey McCormack, Bob and Cathy McCormick, Alan Mucatel, Neighborhood Defender Services, Eon Parks, April Phillips, Susan Restler, Ron Richter, Frank Spain, Jane Spinak and Warren Scharf, Kym Watson, Carrie Welch, Anne Williams-Isom

Guest Speaker: Andrew Solomon

Rise is thrilled to welcome National Book Award winner Andrew Solomon as our guest speaker. Andrew has called himself "a student of adversity" who studies how we forge meaning and build identity. In The Noonday Demon, he examined depression. In Far From the Tree, he explored how parents cope with serious challenges, particularly by seeking out peers who can relate to their experiences and by investing themselves in advocacy.

Andrew wrote recently in The New Yorker: "Remember that writing things down makes them real; that it is nearly impossible to hate anyone whose story you know; and, most of all, that even in our post-postmodern era, writing has a moral purpose."

Join Us! 
Rise's annual benefit raises one-quarter of our budget. Our sponsors, host committee and guests are crucial to our success. Please contact Rise Director Nora McCarthy if you would like to get involved: