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United Way of Long Island launches Young Professionals Network

United Way of Long Island has launched its Young Professionals Network (YPN), a new initiative aimed at engaging the next generation of leaders in community service and philanthropy. 

The network’s inaugural event will be a Networking Event and Cornhole Tournament held at Blue Point Brewery in Patchogue at 6 p.m on Thursday, August 1, sponsored by Boluvas Restoration.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the United Way of Long Island’s Stuff-A-Bus program, which provides essential school supplies to elementary-age children regardless of their economic status, ensuring they have the tools for a successful academic year. 

The Young Professional Network includes members from diverse sectors such as banking, insurance, legal, accounting, and transportation, reflecting a broad commitment to United Way’s mission of improving education, financial stability, and health across Long Island, according to a United Way statement. 

“We are excited to launch the Young Professional Network as a platform for young leaders to make a positive impact on families who live on Long Island,” Theresa A. Regnante, president and CEO of United Way of Long Island, said in the statement. “Our kickoff event not only brings people together for a great time but also supports the education pillar of our mission to help students succeed.”

Lauren Grasso, co-chair of YPN, said the group of young professionals are eager to make a tangible difference in the community. “The event is just the beginning of what we can achieve together as we support United Way’s mission to improve education and ensure that every child has the tools they need for a successful academic journey,” she said.

YPN Co-chair Brendan Bateman said the network is an opportunity to drive positive change and support meaningful causes. “We’re looking forward to building a strong network of dedicated young professionals who share a passion for giving back and making Long Island a better place for everyone,” he said. To register for the Networking Event and Cornhole Tournament or learn more about the Young Professional Network, visit:

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