Lower Hudson Valley Champions Dinner | Junior Achievement of New York

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE 2019 Champions Dinner


On Thursday, May 9, 2019, Jack Kopnisky, President and CEO of Sterling National Bank, was honored with the 2019 Champion Award for his contributions and dedication to Junior Achievement of New York.

Over 150 business leaders and professionals gathered to celebrate Mr. Kopnisky and to raise funds to support the delivery of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs to K-12 students the Lower Hudson Valley. The evening's event raised over $117,000 to support Junior Achievement programs. A signature annual fundraising event in the Lower Hudson Valley, the Champions Dinner brings together local business leaders, schools, students and Junior Achievement volunteers in an evening of celebration.
We were thrilled to welcome distinguished guest, Westchester County Executive George Latimer, who spoke about the influence of his financial education experiences at Mt. Vernon High School, which prepared him for his career in business. He shared his commitment to programs like Junior Achievement.
A highlight of the evening included a student speech from Emily Salinas, a senior at Lincoln High School in Yonkers and a 2018-2019 JA New York Student Ambassador. Emily stated, "I know that personal finance is not only about earning and spending money, but it's about managing and planning in order to build a secure financial future...Thanks to Junior Achievement, I am one step ahead and ready for the future!"
Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors of the event include: PepsiCo, Sterling National Bank, Deloitte, PwC, Atlas Air, Crown Castle, EY and Webster Bank.
All event proceeds will be used to recruit, train and deploy business and community volunteer mentor resources to deliver JA programs in financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness programs to high-need schools and community organizations in New York City, Long Island and the Lower Hudson Valley.
To see all the photos from the event, click here.
Stay tuned for information about the 2020 Lower Hudson Valley Champions Dinner!
  • "JA activities support our college and career readiness expectations as they bridge connections to real world experiences and professions" – Hazel Cruz, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Teacher
  • "I learned that running a business includes a lot of work! You have to know how to run it, how much to pay your employees and much more." – PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Guess what? A volunteer from Junior Achievement came to my class! I learned that cities are places to live, eat, work and play." – Justin, PS 83

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement has given me my blueprint for success in college and beyond. JA has allowed me to grow as a student, entrepreneur, and as a future college student." – Kaiyell Pettie

    -Junior Achievement Alumnus
  • "JA volunteers give children tangible examples of the unlimited opportunities available to them."

    -Junior Achievement Volunteer

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