June 9, 2008

YPR hosting anniversary party to benefit local nonprofits

Here's a cool event from the Young Professionals of Racine. The group is hosting an anniverary party Thursday night and asking people who come to bring a "wedding present" to benefit local nonprofit organizations. Here's all the details, as written by Chris Terry of YPR:
The leaders of Young Professionals of Racine are optimistic that this year’s anniversary party will be remembered as more than just a party celebrating the organization’s sixth year of existence.

YPR is asking its members, and the general public, to bring a typical wedding gift or donation in lieu of an entrance fee for the celebration, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 12 at Infusino’s Banquet Hall on Rapids Drive. The celebration, dubbed My Big Fat YPR Wedding!, will benefit HALO, the Bethany House Apartments, Safe Haven of Racine and the Women’s Resource Center. Dinner, dancing and a wedding cake will all be part of the celebration.

“One of our goals is to involve young professionals in the community,” said YPR Program Director Dana Grueter. “This event allows to not only be of service to some wonderful organizations in our community, but to introduce young professionals to what they do, as well.”

The organizations chosen were selected because they all assist individuals who, in the near future, will be out on their own beginning a new life, oftentimes without many items typically associated with wedding gifts, such as plates, silverware, pots, pans, toasters, microwaves, etc.

In addition to the donation of gifts and any financial contributions, many of YPR’s partner companies have donated items which will be included in a silent auction, again with all proceeds benefitting the four organizations.

“We expect to donate over $5,000 in gifts, financial donations and silent auction contributions to four great organizations in Racine,” Grueter said. “Also, we’re offering an amazingly fun networking opportunity for our young professionals in addition to letting them know about these organizations which do so much for the Racine community.”

YPR has had success in previous fundraising ventures, contributing $10,000 to the American Red Cross’ Hurricane Katrina relief effort in 2005 via the organization’s Hurricane for Hurricane Relief fundraiser.

Young Professionals of Racine is a membership-driven organization created in 2002 as a division of Racine Area Manufacturers and Commerce as a vehicle to engage the next generation of Racine’s leaders. Founded by 12 enterprising professionals, the group has grown to more than 2,200 members representing more than 150 companies regionally.

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