Joan Jett and Melissa Etheridge

There's a certain time and place to ask someone something. Timing is really everything. But sometimes, when an opportunity presents itself, you have to strike. 

For example, say you're at a dinner party. The person sitting next to you is Joan Jett, or say, Melissa Etheridge. You happen to run a nonprofit to empower and inspire young girls. Your nonprofit may or may not be honoring Carnie Wilson with an award in a few weeks. Let's just say for the sake of this story, your nonprofit IS awarding Carnie Wilson in a few weeks. So you ever so GENTLY shove it into the conversation. 

You tell the rock icon sitting to your left or right side, depending on the table arrangements of course, that your nonprofit also awards grants and scholarships from time to time and wouldn't it be so cool if...

The rock icon LOVES the idea. So, you quickly text your other bandmates who happen to be at another dinner party sitting next to the other rock icon. This particular rock icon is sitting to your bandmates' right AND left, really the jackpot of seating arrangements. Your bandmates' mention to the rock icon that the other rock icon has started a grant award through your nonprofit. So now your rock icon agrees to start a grant as well. 

That's how you get shit done. 

We are proud to announce that we will be awarding the Melissa Etheridge and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Girls Rising Grant Awards to two girls who have been empowered and inspired by a Girls Rising Outreach during the past school year. We've asked teachers to submit students that serve their school community, work hard, have strong leadership qualities and generally do good things, whom they feel were genuinely motivated by (key criteria) attending our Girls Rising Outreach Event at their school. 

If you'd like to have a Girls Rising event at your school or local community center, or have us meet with your Girl Scout troops or soccer teams, or lacrosse or softball or swim team, really any team, gymnastics, fencing, you name it, let's book an event. We will come and talk to the kids. And then maybe they can win a grant award in 2019. 

The Girls Rising Game Changer Awards are being held Friday night - June 29 at The Glenwood Landing Firehouse - 72 Schoolhouse Hill Road, Glenwood Landing, NY 11547, 7-10PM
We will honor Carnie Wilson with the Girls Rising Game Changer Award and present two young students with the Melissa Etheridge and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts Girls Rising Grant Awards. 

Then join us the following day on Sea Cliff Beach for BeachFest 5 - 12 noon-10pm. Free (with a suggested donation at the entrance)! Girls Rising All-Star Panel Discussion at 3PM, moderated by Carnie Wilson, with US Hockey Gold Medalist Angela Ruggiero, WNBA All-Star Sue Wicks, Grammy winning songwriter Julie Gold, and comedian and BeachFest 5 emcee Suzanne Westenhoefer. Antigone Rising hits the stage at 8:30pm.