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Rise Up! Annual Celebration Virtual Event, Presenting Sponsor Heights Advisor, Wednesday October 19, 2022 7:00 PM EST

Presenting Sponsor: Heights Advisors

The 2022 annual URI Celebration: Rise Up! on October 19, was an uplifting virtual event filled with inspiring testimony from clients, partners, and staff united in Urban Resource Institute’s mission to end domestic violence, homelessness, poverty, and trauma. This year’s celebration highlighted the URI Economic Empowerment Program that transforms lives and gives clients a path to safe, stable futures.

We’re honored that the event was hosted by Emmy Award winning news anchor, talk show host and author, Cheryl Wills; with a keynote address from Tina Perry, president of the Oprah Winfrey Network; and extraordinary performances by Sing Harlem! URI also recognized Bronx Borough President Vanessa L. Gibson and former client, Kerry with two very meaningful awards.

We invite you to enjoy the recording of our annual celebration by clicking on the image above. Thank you for rising up with URI! We look forward to celebrating with you again, hopefully in person in the future.

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Event Highlights

Cheryl Wills headshot

Cheryl Wills

TV talk show host, Emmy winning news anchor and author

Tina Perry headshot

Keynote Speaker:
Tina Perry

President, Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN)

Harlem Choir group shot

Performance by:
Sing Harlem! Choir

Executive Director
Vy Higginsen
Artistic Director
Knoelle Higginson


Vanessa L Gibson headshot

Vanessa L. Gibson

Bronx Borough President

Visionary Award

Kerry headshot


Former Client, Economic Empowerment Program

Triumph Award


Presenting Sponsor

Heights Advisors Logo

Platinum Sponsors

Cresa Logo

Kleanix Logo

Gold Sponsors

Beechwood Acquisitions logo

Churchgate Protective Services logo

Interior Resources Logo

Silver Sponsors

Liberty One Group logo

Marsh McLennan Agency logo

Realty 1559

Carmen J. Smith

Bronze Sponsors

Archstone logo

HSE logo

The Kolod Family

Liberty Tuck NY LLC

Partner Sponsors


Beacon Therapy Services

BridgePoint Associates

Nathaniel Fields

Graham Company

Whittaker Mack III MBA, CFP®

Meeker Sharkey & Hurley, a division of Risk Strategies

Adrienne Y. Peterson MBA, CPA

Kenneth & Grace Pollak

Carla Smith Ed.D

General Sponsors


CBIZ Marks Paneth

Heidi Hamilton


Vicky Hernandez

Hoffman LLC

Esther Lainis

Beverly Riddick

Urban Architectural Initiatives

Tabitha Williams

Supporter Sponsors

Ambassador Food Services

Phyllis Arnold

The Carroll Family

Anthony Edwards, MBA,CCF MFP,AMA

Nina Y. Esaki Ph. D

Group Gordon

Susan Heaney

Tania Jospitre

Vivien Salmon Ph.D

Philip Tugendrajch

Board of Trustees