2017 Mayor's Gala

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Mayor Robert Palmieri and his wife, Susan, today announced that Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program will be the recipient of the 2017 Mayor’s Gala, to be held on Saturday April 29th at the Radisson Hotel in downtown Utica.  Tickets are $50 per person. 


To purchase tickets you can visit the Mayor’s Benefit Gala website at www.uticamayorbenefitgala.com (link will be activated soon) or make checks payable to Young Scholars LPP and mail to: Utica College, Young Scholars LPP, 1600 Burrstone Road, Utica, New York, 13502.


The theme of the 2017 Gala is GROW BIG DREAMS!  The Young Scholars Program has helped more than a thousand students in Utica realize their full potential while also highlighting the diversity of our community as 79% of the Program’s students represent minority or refugee populations.


The success of the Young Scholars Program is evidenced by the 93% graduation rate of its students, with a 100% graduation rate for the class of 2016.  The valedictorian and five of the top ten graduates from Proctor High School’s 2016 graduating class were Young Scholars. 


Since 2005, 86% of Young Scholar graduates have enrolled in college.  In building on this success, the Young Scholars Program developed an initiative called the City of Utica Advantage, to support college and career readiness with paid internships for students during the summer months. 


The City of Utica Advantage aims to connect high school students with a range of businesses and organizations throughout the City to further cultivate their development while simultaneously giving back to the community.  With the proceeds from the Mayor’s Gala, this program will come to fruition this summer.


Mayor Robert & Susan Palmieri stated, “We are very proud to support Young Scholars in their mission to promote the advancement and wellbeing of our city’s youth.  We would like to extend our sincere thanks to the many local restaurants and businesses whose generous donations make the Gala a successful event each year.  We encourage everyone to come and join us for a wonderful evening and support our Young Scholars.”

Young Scholars Executive Director Pam Matt stated, “Young Scholars LPP, Utica College and the Utica City School District are so thankful for a generous Utica community that works together to nurture the intellectual, professional and personal growth of our students. Together we can GROW BIG DREAMS!”


You can learn more about the Young Scholars Program by visiting, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jknrP-WH5sU.