TYPros Raises $9,000 for YWCA
COMMUNITY PARTNERS: Felecia Collins Correia, CEO of YWCA Tulsa, third from left, accepts the $9,000 check donated by TYPros and 2012 chair Kate Hoback. At left is TYPros Executive Director Brian Paschal; second from left is Beth Downing, 2012 YWCA Tulsa board president.
Tulsa’s Young Professionals’ 2012 chair, Kate Hoback, presented a check to the TYPros’ 2012 community partner for funds raised throughout the year at various events. ros raised a grand total of $9,000 in cash and in-kind donations and more than 1,500 volunteer hours for the non-profit.
“We at the can’t say thank you enough for the support the Tulsa Young Professionals gave us in 2012,” says Felecia Collins Correia, of Tulsa. “The community partnership has been beneficial and we hope to continue a relationship with ros, and the many individual relationships which were formed this year, well into the future.”
The ros/YWCA partnership began early in 2012 with a red carpet presence at the annual Wine, Women and Shoes event. The second big event was TYPros’ Second Annual Big Wheel Race, the principal partner fundraiser, which raised money for the via race entries and a percentage of food and drink sales. Generous support from multiple Tulsa restaurants allowed ros to host a variety of events at local eateries while also earning a percentage of profits for the .
“A benefit of TYPros’ membership is getting to network with diverse professionals,” says Tulsa’s Young Professionals’ Executive Director Brian Paschal, “This diverse network is a benefit for our community partner as well; we are able to spread the word to young-professional niches across the Tulsa business community to raise awareness and funds for the partner organization.”
Another highlight of 2012 was TYPros’ member participation in the Race Against Racism and Stand Against Racism. The Race Against Racism is an annual 5K that raises money for the ; attendance doubled from the inaugural race in 2011. Young professionals walked, ran and volunteered at the race. Young professionals also made a stand against racism in unison with the nation during the Stand Against Racism day. One of the ways the Tulsa branch makes a stand is through their 5K race. Other stands include reciting a statement with a group, wearing the Stand Against Racism sticker and others. ros members held their stand at the QuikTrip Center in Tulsa with speeches by Collins Correia and the 2012 Diversity Crew leader, Erin Guimareas.
In addition to -focused events and fundraisers, the partnership with ros provided a strong supply of young volunteers and heightened awareness with young professionals that hadn’t before connected with the organization.
“I was really proud that we kicked the year off with a great presence at Wine, Women & Shoes,” says Hoback, “We also had some great fun partnering with them for some drives, having Felicia highlighted in an series event and representing their mission throughout 2012.”
For more information about ros and its community partner program, visit www.TYPros.org.