Yesterday’s RISE Appreciation Luncheon was a special one for us. Sonny and Julie Bonacio and Bonacio Development PM Meg Kelly were honored by RISE Housing and Support Services with its Get It Done Award 2024. The award is given “in admiration of [their] monumental impact on homelessness in Saratoga” for their involvement in getting the Adelphi Street Shelter up and running.
In attendance for this event were Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh and speakers Assemblywoman Carrie Woerner, Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Francine Vero, and RISE’s Program Director Victoria Furfao, who all recognized the trio and discussed the homeless situation in the city. Judge Vero, in particular, mentioned how impactful the Community Outreach Court has been, an initiative previously known as the Homeless Court, which Meg enacted in her time as Mayor of Saratoga Springs.
After the speeches, RISE’s Associate Executive Director Lindsey Connors presented Meg with her award, and RISE’s Executive Director Sybil Newell presented Sonny and Julie with theirs. Sybil also held a brief presentation about RISE’s impact in 2023. The Community Outreach Court served 53 people, and the Adelphi Street Shelter served 87. In total, RISE’s outreach and advocacy services served 637 people last year. Just as Sonny, Julie, and Meg donated their time and resources to aid RISE in its mission, there is a great need for more support from other community members. Click here for information on how to get involved.
Second photo (L-R): RISE’s Associate Executive Director Lindsey Connors and Bonacio Development PM Meg Kelly
Third photo: Bonacio Development PM Meg Kelly
Fourth and fifth photos: Sonny and Julie Bonacio with RISE’s Executive Director Sybil Newel
Sixth photo: Julie and Sonny Bonacio
Eighth photo (L-R): Saratoga Springs City Court Judge Francine Vero, Julie Bonacio, RISE’s Associate Executive Director Lindsey Connors, RISE’s Executive Director Sybil Newell, Bonacio Development PM Meg Kelly, Sonny Bonacio
Ninth photo (L-R): Julie Bonacio, RISE’s Associate Executive Director Lindsey Connors, RISE’s Executive Director Sybil Newell, Bonacio Development PM Meg Kelly, Sonny Bonacio
Tenth photo (L-R): Former Saratoga Springs Director of Public Works Bill McTygue, Sonny Bonacio, Former Saratoga Springs Public Works Commissioner Tom McTygue