Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast honored Rick Stone at the 12th Annual Watch A Rising Star event, which was held at 6:30 p.m. on February 22, 2014 in the Cohen Pavilion of the Kravis Center, and included a fabulous silent auction, live auction, plated dinner, and a concert showcasing these talented young vocalists.
Stone, a graduate of Columbia Law School and a former partner at one of the countries oldest law firms, Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, is the true embodiment of Junior Achievement’s mission. As an accomplished businessman and entrepreneur, he has long boasted that success is achieved only through hard work and dedication. Stone has served as Lead Counsel on several major consumer and securities class actions and currently serves on the Executive Committee of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast. Stone has taught economics at Palm Beach Lakes High School as part of its volunteer program. Additionally, he dedicates a substantial portion of his time to philanthropy.
“We were extremely fortunate to be able to recognize Rick Stone at this year’s Watch A Rising Star fundraising event for his dedication to the education of our youth,” said Claudia Kirk Barto, president of Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast. “His passion to empower others to receive an education and discover ways to improve their lives and community is unyielding. It was equally exciting that Uriah Ellis introduced Mr. Stone, as Uriah was a former student of his. Uriah is currently a student of Florida State University and credits Mr. Stone for his drive, determination and success in college.”
Guests were entertained with performances of five high school seniors who were competing for a $10,000 scholarship. The high school seniors from Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Hendry Counties were among forty students nominated to compete and were selected after rounds of auditions among other determining factors. During the weeks leading up to the main event, the five finalists received vocal and performance coaching from veteran Broadway performers, Jackie Bayne Gillman and Jason Gillman. They were also given the opportunity to perform at several venues throughout the community, including David Chirico’s Networking to Help Children, held on January 7, 2014 at Abacoa Golf Club.
Junior Achievement is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through twelfth grade knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. JA programs are taught by volunteers in the classroom and after school in over 120 schools and organizations throughout Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie, and Hendry Counties. Junior Achievement programs are funded through contributions from businesses, individuals, foundations, and special event fundraisers.