CNY RISE Center held its 14th Annual Friendship Dinner on Thursday, November 7, 2019. The special topic for this year was “Early Childcare-Invisible Crisis“. The event was co-organized by CNY Rise Center and Childcare Solutions. Onondaga County Executive McMahon was the special guest for the night.
The event started with welcome speech by Tim Saka, Board President of CNY RISE Center. Mr. Saka emphasized the importance of early childcare and it increasing cost to families. Following the presentation on the topic, the dinner was served. It was an opportunity for guests share ideas and get to know each other.
After the dinner, the director of Childcare Solutions, Lori Schokaw made a presentation on their efforts to support families. Huntington Family Services Director Robin Manning, Children and Family Services Director Tina Cook joined her for a panel discussion on the new state regulations and answering questions from the guests.
CNY RISE Center has been recognizing exceptional people with "Community Service Award. This year, County Executive McMahon and the Early Childhood Alliance Director, Laurie Black were awarded for their leadership in initiating county-wide programs.
All the guests received a gift bag prepared by the volunteers at the end of the night.