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July 21, 2014
On May 14, 1014, members and supporters gathered for Generation United's(GU) 3rd Annual Celebration. The Agave Room at The Rio was filled with energy from over 130 young professionals who were ready to learn about philanthropy and how to make an impact on our community.
The event started out with attendees participating in a great Service-To-Go volunteer project supporting The Family Center/La Familia. Each guest designed an alphabet flash card that will be used in the pre-school room to help keep the kids engaged in learning their alphabet in a fun way.
Following the reception and volunteer activity, Jamie Grim, Generation United's Chair, introduced the program with, “Generation United members and supporters are the movers and shakers of our community”. This statement could not be more true. GU is made up of a dynamic group of like-minded young professionals who bring the passion and philanthropic power to make an impact in Larimer County.
Christina Brown, Charter Member and Chair of the Volunteer Committee, provided an update on GU's impact and shared her personal journey as a philanthropist. To date, GU has raised more than $30,000 to benefit local youth through Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer Countyand Partners Mentoring Youth. Christina's story as a young philanthropist is one that many young professionals can relate to. “I always felt, and continue to feel, like I don't have much to give,” said Brown. “It was a life changing when I realized that my little something could make a difference to someone else”.
Following the GUupdate, Wynne Odell, co-founder of Odell Brewing Company and community philanthropist shared some words of wisdom on becoming a major philanthropist and community advocate. One of the major themes of Wynne's presentation was passion. Throughout the program, Wynne emphasized that the key to being a true philanthropist is finding what you are passionate about and working to find the opportunities that fulfill you.
Leah Johnson closed the event by encouraging everyone in the room to rally and to join Generation United.
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