[paypal_donation_button]HUNTINGTON, NY – There are two things Chase Ceparano knew when he was growing up.

(Photo Courtesy of Rise45.com)

He would escape poverty and he would give back.

Those reasons have fueled his desire to raise money and awareness for Flint’s water crisis even if it’s from his sneaker boutique in Huntington, NY.

“Everything that my team and I have done, I believe that it’s for the greater good,” said Ceparano, co-owner of RISE, a New York based sneaker boutique. “As a child I grew up very poor. I swore to myself on a personal level that when I came outta of it I would do better than what was given to me.”

The team at RISE launched an online raffle to help encourage people to donate to Flint’s crisis while getting a leg up on others wanting the new Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Royal” gym shoes set to debut April 1, 2017.

For each minimum donation of $10 participants get 10 raffle tickets to be one of the first people to get their hands on a pair of the shoes for $160 a pair.

In September 2016 it was discovered that children in Flint had elevated blood lead levels after the city switched from using Detroit for their water supply to using the Flint River.

“It’s 2017 and the mere fact that there’s a community in the United States of America where kids do not have access to clean water, it’s mind boggling,” said Ceparano. “We may not be able to do a lot but we can do something. It helps raise awareness and in the end maybe others can come together to do something bigger. The vision is clear. There’s something good that’s going to come from that alone.”

RISE has 24 pair of shoes in a variety of sizes that are part of the raffle. All proceeds will be sent to the Foundation for Flint for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

Ceparano said he reached out to StockX, a Detroit-based company where buyers place bids on gym shoes, to find out where to send the donations.

“I do have to give credit to StockX,” Ceparano said. “They connected us with the Foundation and donated $1,000 to the campaign.”

As of March 29, 2017 they had raised an estimated $6,000 for Flint.

Winners will be selected randomly between 5 and 6 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. RISE will contact the winners with instructions on how to complete their purchase.

To find out more information or to enter the raffle click here.


RISE for Flint – Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Royal” Online Charity Raffle

In an effort to assist in the ongoing water crisis in Flint, RISE has teamed with the Foundation for Flint to raise money for the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

All donations raised via this campaign will go directly to the fund and aid children with interventions that support positive outcomes now and into the future. Through this online charity raffle a total of 24 pairs of the Men’s Air Jordan 1 Retro High “Royal” will be made available for purchase on Saturday, April 1st 2017.


Available sizes will be Men’s US 8 – 12, 13.
Please include the desired Men’s US shoe size in the comment field displayed in the donation area.

Each dollar donated via this campaign will earn the donor 1 raffle entry. For example, a $10 donation earns 10 raffle entires, a $25 donation earns 25 raffle entires. There is a $10 minimum donation and NO maximum donation limit.

The donation period opens on Saturday, March 25th at 4PM EST and closes on Friday, March 31st at 5PM EST.

Winners will be selected at random between 5PM – 6PM EST on Friday, March 31st 2017 and contacted by RISE with instructions on how to complete their purchase. The purchase price will be $160USD, plus tax and/or shipping, where applicable.

Crowdrise accepts donations using Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Crowdrise does not accept Paypal.

All donations made through Crowdrise are 100% tax-deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Donors will automatically receive an email receipt that meets the IRS requirements for a record of donation.

To participate, click here  >>>  RISE for Flint Online Charity Raffle

Flint Beat‘s founder and publisher, Jiquanda Johnson is a Flint-area native with more than 16 years of experience in journalism including print, television and digital media. She has worked for The...