Star Kids Gala, “Imagine That”, Unimaginably Successful

Posters of Star Kids

It is always a joyous, spontaneous evening, as friends, sponsors, staffers, well-wishers, donors and volunteers  come together to celebrate and support the fine work of the Star Kids Scholarship program.

And yes, the Star Kids were there in force this year, celebrating another year of success of the agency’s far-reaching programs.  Imagine that!


Karen Flanagan & James Powell

Crowding into the spacious rooms of Ochre Court were 240 guests, who helped raise $105,000 for the agency’s work through the Wine & Dine Raffle (winners were  Antena and Miles David, and the scholarship auction.
Dr. Tim Flanigan, Star Kids founder and Co-President and Ken Moldow, Co-President of the Board, spoke.  Sister Jane Gerety, Salve Regina University  President welcomed all.


As soon as the band Decades by Dezyne began to play, couples began to dance. The energy was infectious, the hors d’oeuvres excellent, and the spirit of giving endemic.

Roe O'Brien, Ken Moldow & Star Kids Exeutive Director  Kathy Stark



Kathy Stark, Executive Director introduced the 2017 high school grad who then gave thanks to his sponsors and for all of the support he has received since entering the program in kindergarten;entering Husson College, Maine. in the fall. Jeff Babka led the scholarship auction which generated $58,000 of scholarship funding.  Crowding into the spacious rooms of Ochre Court were 240 guests, who helped raise $105,000 for the agency’s work through the Wine & Dine Auction (winners were  Antena and Miles David.)


The terrace of Ochre Court

Seen were Kelly and Ed Lambrese,   Lesley Faria, Ginny and Jim Purviance, Jeff and Genevieve Rozansky, Michelle and Peter Manning, Mandy and Eric Mack, Michael Moitoza and the “Star Kids” themselves.


The mission of the Star Kids Scholarship Program is to provide educational opportunities in the form of tuition aid to effective non-public schools, uniforms, after-school and summer programs, tutoring and mentoring for those high risk, low-income children who have a parent with a history of incarceration and/or substance abuse. Star Kids’ goal for each child is to graduate from high school and hopefully going on to higher education, these children will have a greater chance of breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty, drug use, disease, depression and violence. For information, go to

Rachael Romanowski, Meghan Jannotta & Sheila Powell


Christina Alves, Dr. &  Rachael Romanowski

Chanelle Butler & Lesley Faria


Mandy & Eric Mack


Star Kid posters adorned Ochre court


Lansdale Patterson & friend



Carol Beecher & Michael Twist


Paul & Jane Fleming,  Michele & Peter Manning


George Isdale & Geer Messinger


The Check-in ladies were all smiles


Jennifer Booth & Donald Christ


Wine & Dine Raffle poster


Michael Moitoza & Jennifer


Jim & Ginny Purviance


Star Kids and officers on the terrace


Sister Jane Gerety, Star Kid Taelor Washington and her mother, Yvette Thompson


Sister Jane Gerety, Taelor Washington, Yvette Thompson & Michael Semenza


Dr. Tim Flanigan, Ken Moldow  and Star Kids


Bill Hall ( c.) discusses Star Kids programs with friends


Mary Beth Klee & Javier Valenzuela


In the Ochre Court lounge


Michelle Kirby & Louisa Boatwright


Aggie Perkins, Michelle Kirby & Louisa Boatwright


Tish & Mike Behan


Decades by Dezyne, a musical celebration












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