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Rise Up! Annual Celebration Virtual Event, Presenting Sponsor Heights Advisor, Wednesday October 20, 2021 7:00 PM EST

Thank you to all who joined us virtually on October 20 for the URI Celebration: Rise Up! It was an evening of hope, inspiration and community. The program featured inspiring clients, partners, and supporters who every day rise up and help URI work towards our vision of a world free of domestic violence and homelessness, punctuated by uplifting performances by the Sing Harlem! Choir.

Please continue to follow us on social media at #RiseUpURI.

You can enjoy the broadcast by clicking the image – replay the entire 1 hour show or pick your favorite a parts:

Jackie Fabulous

Award-winning comedian, author and semi-finalist on “America’s Got Talent”

Special Guest:
John Quiñones

News correspondent and television host

Special Guest:
Joy Taylor

Sportscaster and radio host

Performance by:
Sing Harlem! Choir

Executive Director
Vy Higginsen

PetSmart Charities

Trailblazer Award

Deedra Cheatham

Former Client, URI Domestic Violence Program
Triumph Award

Lindsay Coker

Former Client, URI Programs for Homeless Families
Triumph Award

Host Committee

  • Phyllis Arnold
  • Vivian Y. Bright, M.S.
  • Nina Y. Esaki, PhD, MSW, MBA
  • DeCosta Headley
  • Alan Kolod
  • Esther Lainis
  • Whittaker Mack III, MBA, CFP®
  • Adrienne Y. Peterson, MBA
  • Kenneth Pollak
  • Lisa A. Ross, MD, MBA
  • Vivien Salmon, Ph.D
  • Carmen J Smith, MPA
  • Philip Tugendrajch
  • Roy Williams
  • Tabitha Williams
  • Reina Yasuoka

Presenting Sponsors

A1 Equities Logo

Heights Advisors Logo

Silver Sponsors

  • Beechwood Acquisitions
  • Churchgate Protective Services
  • Realty 1559
  • The Migdol Family Foundation

Bronze Sponsors

  • ABBA Realty
  • Anonymous
  • Colliers International LLC
  • Cresa
  • Interior Resources
  • Kleanix Facility Services
  • Liberty Tuck NY
  • Marsh & McLennan
  • PetSmart Charities
  • Carmen J Smith, MPA
  • The Kolod Family
  • The Omer Foundation

Partner Sponsors

  • Anonymous
  • Beacon Therapy Services
  • CapitalOne
  • Fusion Network
  • Nathaniel Fields
  • Graham Company
  • Heritage Pension Advisors Inc.
  • Hirschen Singer & Epstein LLP
  • Whittaker Mack III, MBA, CFP©
  • Meeker Sharkey & Hurley
  • Mutual of America
  • Kenneth Pollak
  • QuickConnect
  • Lisa A. Ross, MD, MBA
  • Dr. Carla Smith
  • The Wright Group

General Sponsors

  • A. Larovere Consulting LLC
  • Ambassador Food Services
  • BridgePoint Associates
  • Amanda & Landon Eckhardt
  • Susan Heaney
  • Jackson Lewis P.C.
  • Kingdom Elevator Inc.
  • Marks Paneth LLP
  • Adrienne Y. Peterson, MBA
  • SAT Tech
  • Tabitha Williams


  • Phyllis Arnold
  • Benefit Mall
  • BrandExtract
  • Nina Y. Esaki, PhD, MSW, MBA
  • Group Gordon
  • JLD Real Estate
  • Mark Lewis
  • Beverly Riddick
  • Valerie Samuel
  • Robert Sattler
  • The Carroll Family
  • Philip Tugendrajch
  • Liliana Velez
  • Roy Williams
  • Reina Yasuoka