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Submitted by Anne Madonia, Cozen O’Connor

Oh what a night!  Young Professionals Network held its last networking event for its 2007-2008 season at the Moshulu at Penn’s Landing on July 15th.  With over 250 registered attendees, it was a full ship!  The ambience of looking over the Delaware River landscape on a hot summer night was just perfect.  The delicious food, the drinks, the crowd…another great night to mix and mingle and network with other young professionals in the city.  YPN capped off its year with the month of July focused on Volunteerism, culminating in the presentation of the YPN Volunteer of the Year Award at the event.  The first-ever award winner was Jeff DeCesare.  Jeff was the most engaged YPNer for volunteering this past year.  A special plaque was presented to Jeff by the Volunteer Committee co-chair and YPN board member Andrew Pack, and in addition Jeff was also given $500 to donate to his favorite charity.  Jeff chose Philadelphia Cares and a check was presented to Renee Archawski, its Executive Director.  Jeff surprised the crowd by announcing that his employer Paliani Consulting had matched YPN’s donation, and Philadelphia Cares was presented with another $500.  Smiles all around!  It was such a great way to end my term as the chair of YPN.

YPN is Philadelphia’s premier young professional networking group, and it’s one of the city’s best kept secrets, so I encourage those of you that are members to bring your friends and co-workers to future events and for those of you that aren’t members, to seriously consider becoming a member.  YPN has two upcoming events this summer, so join us on July 28th for a professional development program on Community Involvement and Volunteerism, and on August 5th for a volunteer event in which YPN is partnering with Variety A Childrens Charity to accompany disabled children to a Phillies game. 

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