SAR Academy High School Is New York City Grand-Prize Winnter In Optimum Community’s Charity Champions Program

NYC Councilman Andy Cohen recognizes students for their commitment; students presented with $5000 for Children’s Hospital at Montefiore


Teacher Yoram Roschwalb, Cablevision Director of Public and Government Affairs Liz Ferrier, Teacher Ora Meier, three high school students, Principal Rabbi Harcsztark, NYC Councilman Cohen and Cablevision Director of Government Affairs Ululy Martinez.


Riverdale, NY, June 5, 2015.  Optimum Community today recognized students at SAR Academy High School as the New York City grand-prize winners in this year’s Charity Champions, a program that promotes volunteerism and encourages area high schools to raise funds for a charity of their choice.  The school was presented with $5,000 to be donated to the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM), one of the most technologically advanced hospitals for children in the world.  New York City Councilman Andy Cohen also participated in the event.


Following opening remarks and a student a cappella performance at the school’s Awards Assembly, Optimum Director of Government Affairs Liz Ferrier discussed the Charity Champions program and then introduced Councilman Cohen who congratulated the participating students for their success and commitment to others.  Principal Rabbi Harcsztark discussed the students fundraising efforts throughout the year and a slide show was viewed highlighting students’ accomplishments.


“You should all be very proud of yourselves for being the Charity Champions grand-prize winners in New York City this year.  We appreciate your efforts throughout the year and applaud you on a job well done,” said Councilman Cohen. “I also commend Optimum Community for bringing its Charity Champions initiative to the students in our area and helping them realize the importance of community service.”


“Optimum Community congratulates all of the students at SAR Academy High School who participated in this year’s Charity Champions program on being named grand-prize winner for New York City. Thanks to your hard work and motivation, you came out on top,” said Cablevision Vice President of Public Affairs Jennifer Ostrager.  “For the sixth year, we are pleased to bring this program that offers young people an opportunity to make a meaningful difference in other people’s lives to the schools in the areas we serve.”


For the sixth year, Optimum Community is bringing its Charity Champions program to high schools within its service footprint.  Selected schools receive $500 in seed money to put towards fundraising efforts, in addition to a $1,000 donation to their charity of choice.  Throughout the school year, students raise money and awareness for their selected charity and submit a summary of fundraising results in April 2015.  Schools compete against each other and a grand prize winner in each of the six tri-state regions that Optimum serves will receive an additional $5,000 for their charity.


About Optimum Community

Optimum Community, a Cablevision initiative formerly known as Power to Learn, connects schools and communities in the company’s footprint with a broad range of services.  Cablevision offers thousands of schools and libraries across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut with free access to its popular Optimum-branded cable TV and Internet.  Hands-on, educational programs presented by Optimum Community include Digital Smarts, Knicks Summer Reading, Student Lens, and Charity Champions.  Optimum Community also keeps Optimum subscribers informed about important events and issues through expanded local programming, including Neighborhood Journal and its signature public affairs show, Meet the Leaders.  Additional information and content is available at:


About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is a leading media and telecommunications company, serving millions of households and businesses throughout the greater New York area. Providing quality products that keep customers connected, Cablevision offers Optimum-branded digital cable television, high-speed Internet and phone services as well as Optimum WiFi, the nation’s most robust wireless Internet network. Cablevision’s Lightpath subsidiary is a premier provider of integrated business communications solutions for larger companies. Through its local media and programming properties – News 12 Networks and Newsday Media Group  – Cablevision also delivers news and information created specifically for the communities it serves. Additional information about Cablevision is available at

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