STAMFORD, Conn. – Optimum Community recognized students at King Low Heywood Thomas School for participating in the seventh annual Charity Champions program that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice.
The school was presented with $1,000 to be donated to the Orphaned Starfish Foundation, the students’ charity of choice.
After opening remarks from student adviser Jenna Temple, Optimum Community emcee Kerry Donovan discussed the Charity Champions program. OSF founder Andy Stein spoke about its mission, thanked the students for their commitment to others and was presented with a $1,000 check.
“Through its ongoing Charity Champions program, Optimum Community continues to provide high school students with an opportunity to help those in need and better realize the importance of giving back,” said Jennifer Ostrager, Cablevision vice president of public affairs. “We congratulate the students at King Low Heywood Thomas School for their participation.”
OSF is dedicated to working with orphans, victims of abuse and at-risk youth. Its mission is to foster lasting change in the lives of children by giving them the opportunity to develop vocational skills through computer technology and thereby gain employment that will help them to lead independent, successful lives.
“I would like to thank all of the students involved in raising funds for this deserving charity,” said state Sen. Carlo Leone. “There are so many young victims of abuse worldwide and thanks to the Orphaned Starfish Foundation and the fundraising efforts of the students here today, many of these young victims can escape the deadly cycle of poverty and abuse and look forward to the future. I also applaud Optimum Community for bringing this important program to our schools.”
For the seventh year, Optimum Community brings its Charity Champions program to high schools within its service footprint. Selected schools receive $500 in seed money to put toward fundraising efforts, in addition to a $1,000 donation to their charity of choice. Schools compete against each other and a grand prize winner in each of the tri-state regions will receive an additional $5,000 for their charity.