In addition to Raymour and Flanigan’s announcement of their $500,000 commitment to support Say Yes Scholarship Endowment, the furniture company’s President and CEO, Neil Goldberg, has agreed to co-chair the campaign to raise more. He joins M&T Bank Regional President, Allen Naples, who took on the chairmanship of the campaign in 2012.
“We could not make this kind of financial commitment and then say our work was done with Say Yes” said Goldberg, “we are fully invested in its success and the success of the students.”
In addition to the gift, Raymour and Flanigan is also offering four paid internships for Say Yes to Education Scholars. The students will get to participate in the company’s Leadership Development Institute to build their networking skills and professional knowledge of the company and its practices.
Raymour & Flanigan is a family-owned company that has grown from a single store in Syracuse to over 100 stores across 7 states. It is the largest furniture retailer in the Northeast and the 7th largest in the U.S. Founders Bernard and Arnold Goldberg attended Central Tech in the city. Neil Goldberg and his brother Steven, an Executive Vice President in the company, are both Nottingham High School graduates. Their cousin Michael, also Executive Vice President, attended Jamesville Dewitt Schools.
Mayor Stephanie Miner, one of the key collaborative partners in the Say Yes initiative, applauded the commitment from Goldberg “we cannot thank Mr. Goldberg enough for his generous contribution of time and resources to Say Yes to Education. He exemplifies the Say Yes commitment of giving back to the community—a value that is prized in the City of Syracuse. Through the support of people like this we are helping the young people of Syracuse live up to their promise.”
Say Yes to Education Scholarships provides last dollar funding for any student graduating from the Syracuse City School District. Students can attend any SUNY or CUNY institution or choose from more than 25 private colleges and universities. The Campaign goal is to raise $20 million to permanently sustain the scholarships. Since fundraising efforts began in 2011, Say Yes Syracuse has raised nearly $8 million in gifts and commitments.
"Our students possess amazing potential and the leadership and commitment of Raymour and Flanigan and the Goldberg family emphasizes the communities belief in that great potential," said Syracuse School Superintendent, Sharon Contreras.