Inaugural Young Professionals Ocala (YPO) Summer Beach Ball Raises $3,366 for United Way of Marion County

Posted on: July 30, 2014

Young Professionals of Ocala, a program of the Ocala/Marion Chamber & Economic Partnership, invited the public to their inaugural Summer Beach Ball Benefit on Saturday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Eaton’s Beach Sandbar and Grill. Guests experienced their own private side of the beach while they enjoyed food, drinks, live music from DJ Rob Analyze, a volleyball tournament, wakeboarding sessions, corn hole, tug-o-war, and much more.

Hundreds of beach balls welcomed the nearly 100 guests. Guests also received swag bags stuffed with fun items such as YPO sunglasses, lip balm, koozies, pens, and more.

April Adams, Branch Manager of M&S Bank, was happy to share her experience about the event. “I couldn’t have imagined a more perfect way to spend my Saturday. As a young professional in Ocala, I am always trying to find great leaders my age to spend my time with. I am fortunate for my involvement with YPO because it gives me an outlet to get involved in my community and give back in a fun way.”

Friends of YPO who sponsored the inaugural YPO Beach Ball Benefit included Gateway Bank, Raney’s Truck Parts, Marianne Howanitz, Accident Attorney; M&S Bank, MoversOne, Kohl’s,  and Collier, Jernigan & Goedert, P.A. Items were also donated by Life South, Ocala Regional Medical Center, Fakhoury Chiropractic Center, Ocala Traditions, Mojo’s Grill, and Therapeutic Touch Bodyworks and Aesthetics.

YPO’s Community Involvement Committee chaired by Stewart Hill, planned this event. The committee exceeded their $3,000 goal by nearly $400.  All proceeds benefit the United Way of Marion County. The United Way provides funding to and support for  more than 20 local health and human service agencies. With a focus on education, income, and health, United Way strives to be the leader in identifying critical human care needs, finding solutions, maximizing resources and delivering results since 1964.

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