United Way of Southern Nevada’s Young Philanthropists Society (YPS) celebrated its two-year anniversary with a cocktail reception at Brett Wesley Gallery on Wednesday, Oct. 26.
Attendees mingled over passed hors d’ oeuvres, wine selections and shopped the art raffle. Students from Hollingsworth Elementary School donated artwork as a thank you to YPS for its efforts in make learning a positive experience.
YPS co-chair Nikki Giroux, newly appointed co-chair Dean Elyacoubi and United Way president and CEO Cass Palmer all shared remarks on the successes of the organization. Over the past two years, the group has focused its efforts on Hollingsworth Elementary School, impacting 740 students with 300 hours of volunteering, 24 service projects and fundraising totaling $250,000. Diana Cockrell, principal of Hollingsworth Elementary paid gratitude to the organization for its commitment to serve students at her school.
The program also recognized and bid farewell to founding member and co-chair Joe Micatrotto, who greatly helped grow YPS from two to 80 members. Micatrotto was recently appointed to United Way’s Board of Directors.
YPS consists of leaders in their 20s to 40s who give at least $1,500 annually to United Way of Southern Nevada, volunteer their time and talent to create a stronger community and are committed to networking and building relationships in order to make a difference.