Raising Your Awareness about Narcotics

In loving memory of RYAN VINCENT KELDER

Raising Your Awareness about Narcotics was established in loving memory of Ryan Kelder, former Kingston High School student, who died of a heroin overdose on August 22, 2015.  It is our hope to not only bring awareness of the epidemic that is destroying a generation, but to benefit the community. Through collaboration with various organizations, including the Kingston High School Varsity Basketball Team, we are able to provide our youth with positive opportunities, developing the social skills and qualities needed to become responsible citizens and adults.   

Last year, the funds raised by R.Y.A.N. were used to bring former NBA professional basketball player, Chris Herren, to the Kate Walton Field House to speak to more than 2000 community members about his decent into addiction and his journey to recovery. 

This year R.Y.A.N. will be teaming up with the KHS Varsity Basketball Team to hold a Basketball Tournament on Friday, December 1st and Saturday, December 2nd to raise awareness, provide a healthy activity, and raise funds for the KHS Varsity Boys Basketball Team.  Friday’s event will feature Saugerties vs. Goshen at 5:30pm, and Kingston vs. Poughkeepsie at 7:30pm.  Saturday’s tournament will conclude with the losers bracket at 3:00pm and championship game at 5:00pm.  at the Kate Walton Field House in Kingston.

We are asking businesses, such as yours, if they would like to help sponsor this event. Sponsorship can include supplies such as water bottles, snacks for the concession stand, and funding for t-shirts.  If you decide to be a sponsor of $200 or more by November 1st, we will advertise your business on the back of the t-shirts that each registrant will receive at the tournament.  Throughout the event your organization will be announced for our spectators.

Any help that you could give us would be greatly appreciated. We would be happy to speak to you in person to answer any questions or explain things further.

Again, we are grateful for your support.


The KHS Varsity Boys Basketball Team  and The Kelder Family


Nick Roberti's Marine sponsors the Raising Awareness Run