YPLC Update

Young, Talented, and Committed to a Cure
By Piper Beatty, YPLC Correspondent

A doctor, a lawyer, a financial manager, a fashion designer, and a wedding planner walk into a boardroom.

No, that isn’t the start of some corny joke.  But it is the start of a typical meeting of the Chapter’s NYC Young Professionals Leadership Committee (YPLC) – a talented, committed, and diverse group of professionals in their 20s and 30s who come together several times a year for the common goal of defeating cystic fibrosis.  Now in its third year and flourishing, the group participates in several successful initiatives for the Chapter, including Great Strides and the annual YPLC “A Prom to Remember” fundraiser in Manhattan. 

This year the event took place on October 13th at Hudson Terrace.  In addition to a night of fun, friends, and over-the-top costumes, the YPLC’s Prom night gave guests the chance to dance away CF, to the tune of $150,000 raised for vital medical research.  Equally as important for the YPLC’s goal, the event helped raise the profile of the CFF amongst active professionals in the NYC area who may never have heard about the disease, while providing hope to those already within the CF family.  Kristy Fabrizi, a CF patient, travelled from Long Island to attend the Prom last year while she awaited a lifesaving double-lung transplant.  This year, having received her gift of life, Kristy returned to continue her commitment to fighting CF and to inspire others with her story.  “When I went to Prom last year it was a way to help take my mind off my illness and spend time with others working to cure CF,” Kristy says.  “This year, it was all about raising awareness, raising money for a great cause, and showing the world that there’s nothing people with CF can’t do!”  Kristy was also recently honored at the Long Island’s Finest event for her commitment to advancing the Foundation’s mission.

That attitude is a hallmark of all YPLC members, whatever their personal connection to CF.  YPLC – NYC president, Dr. Jason Price, who also serves as the YPLC representative to the Greater New York Board of Directors, sees the committee as an important stepping stone for younger leaders looking to take a more active role in the Chapter and the fight against this disease.  “The YPLC helps prepare people for positions in all areas of Chapter leadership,” he observes.  “Our members are organizing Great Strides teams, planning fundraisers, volunteering at events, and recruiting new people to the cause every day.  We represent a group of young professionals who are choosing to align themselves personally and professionally with the CFF, and the impact of that choice goes far beyond the dollars raised or the number of tickets sold for Prom.  It’s about commitment – to the committee, to the cause, and to a cure.”

For more information on the YPLC – NYC, please visit us at
http://www.cff.org/Chapters/manhattan, find us on Twitter and Facebook,
or contact Shari Edelstein at sedelstein@cff.org

To learn more about:
YPLC – Westchester, contact Michelle Nedwick at mnedwick@cff.org,
YPLC – Long Island, contact Karen Blank at kblank@cff.org.