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Photo courtesy of Carly Nieves
Photo courtesy of Carly Nieves
Carly Nieves, founder of the Carly Rose Foundation, will be the recipient of this year's Inspiration Award.

Meet this year’s most outstanding business professionals under the age of 40 in Queens at Star Network’s Stars Under 40 Awards & Networking event!

On Thursday, Jan. 26, join us at Terrace on the Park (located at 52-11 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park) from 6 to 9 p.m. as some of the best and brightest young stars come together to network and honor each other for the work that they do in business and their communities.

The event will include a cocktail hour for honorees and their guests, a business expo, a dinner and an awards ceremony. Raffles will be sold throughout the event with the proceeds to benefit the Carly Rose Foundation and Innovative Resources for Independence.

The 2017 Star Network “Stars Under 40”

Carly Rose Nieves, founder of the Carly Rose Foundation, will receive this year’s New York Community Bank Inspiration Award. Carly has survived cancer twice, and has managed to keep her optimistic outlook on life despite the suffering she endured in her young life. After reflecting on her relapse, Carly became an ambassador for the New York Blood Center, and she and her mother founded The Carly Rose Foundation to help families with children suffering life-threatening illnesses.

Additional honorees include Michelle Abramov, Associate Broker Investment Sales & Advisory for Highcap Group; Dr. Christine Antoldi, President & CEO of Forest Hills Chiropractic & Wellness; Dr. Nicole Appello, Associate Executive of Programs at Human First Inc.; Carl Benn, Director/Coach/Mentor of Far Rockaway Youth Sports Initiative; Rhonda Binda, Executive Director of Jamaica Center Business Improvement District; Jairo Borja, Director, Business Development at Berkeley College; Lindsay Brienza, Coordinator of Development & Fundraising at Innovative Resources for Independence; Robert Briskin, Co-Owner, Maiella, and Owner, Alicia’s Jewelers; Noe Canales, Founder, Soccer Kids NYC; Evan Daniel, Executive Vice President of Modern Spaces; Justin L. Deebrah, Compliance Manager at Skanska USA; Priscilla Dolce, Event Concierge at Russo’s on the Bay; Chinyere Dunkley, Founder & CEO of RoyalChi Fashion Brand; Kerume Dunkley, Senior Billing Analyst at Casmir Care Services; Rui Fernandes, Financial Representative at Investors Financial Group/Investors Bank; Andrea Friedman, Esq., Partner at Friedman & Friedman; Karen Gamba, Founder and CEO of Ellipsis, LLC; Chrissy Grigoropoulos, Founding Partner of Grigoropoulos Law Group; Peter Gozzi, DJ/Producer/Remixer; Ahmed Hegazy, President & CEO of EIHAB Human Services;  Dr. Zachary Hickman, Director of Neurosurgery at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst; Lester Hong, Logistics and After Service Manager at Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd.; Dr. Rukiya A. Jeffers, CEO of RJ Educators and Lavish Beauty; Christopher Krepcio, VP/Senior Project Manager of Merritt Engineering Consultants; Shobhna Lamba, President & CEO of Le Selfie Photobooth; Dr. Hugh Lavery, Regional Director of Urology at NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst/Queens; Ya-Ting Liu, Executive Director of Friends of BQX; Angelena Lucheux, CEO of Tailormade For You Skincare; Manmeet Malik, DO, Breast Surgeon, New York-Presbyterian/Queens; LaQuana McNeil, Licensed Associate Real Estate Broker at Douglas Elliman Real Estate; Lindsay Mesh, Associate at Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo & Terrana LLP; Kaitlin D. Moody, Government Affairs Specialist at Davidoff  Hutcher & Citron LLP; Trisha Ocona, CEO of RealestateOCONA, LLC; Jovanni Ortiz, Real Estate Agent at Daniel Gale Sotheby’s/International Realty; Jenifer Rajkumar, Attorney at Sanford Heisler LLP and President, Asian-American Coalition of Queens; Dr. Vincent Rizzo, Associate Director of Medicine of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens; Shaneil Samuels, Engineering Aide at Port Authority of NY & NJ; Jose Santiago, Branch Manager at Suffolk County National Bank – Suffolk-LIC Branch; Brett Swanson, Manager of Committee Development at Queens Chamber of Commerce; Tricia M. Taitt, Principal at Art & Money Matters, LLC; Amanda Talty, Vice President, Development, Tourette Association of America; and Shanel Thomas, Community Outreach Liaison/LGA Redevelopment Program.

The event is sponsored by Investors Bank, New York Community Bank, National Grid, Modern Spaces, NYC Health and Hospitals Queens, and NYC Health and Hospitals Elmhurst, New York-Presbyterian Queens, Crystal Windows, Queens Chamber of Commerce, the Grigoropoulos Law Group, Soccer Kids NYC, Art & Money Matters, Broadway Stages, Empire Promotions and Godiva. Media sponsors include The Queens Courier, Best of the Boro and the Daily News.

Visit or pick up next week’s paper to view post-event pictures.


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