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YPN concluded its 2008-2009 year in style in the Rose Garden Ballroom on the 19th floor of Park Hyatt Philadelphia at the Bellevue. This event also featured YPN’s “Volunteer of the Year”, awarded to Mr. Ruben Reyes of Lyquix. The “Volunteer of the Year” exemplified the spirit of volunteerism and community involvement, especially during YPN’s volunteer activities throughout the year. Mr. Reyes donated his $500 award to D’s Dawgs, a foundation created in memory of thirteen-year-old Danielle Bledy, who died two years ago of a brain aneurysm. Jeff DeCesare, last year’s winner, presented the 2009 award. Ms. Renee Archawski, Executive Director of Greater Philadelphia Cares spoke about the importance of volunteerism and announced a YPN’s new partnership with Greater Philadelphia Cares. This is a great opportunity to get more YPN members involved in volunteering and participating in activities in the Greater Philadelphia region.

This event also marked the passing of the torch from current chair, Mr. Kevin Cafferky of Philadelphia OIC, to Mrs. Stephanie Gambone of the Philadelphia Youth Network. We look forward to welcoming Mrs. Gambone as the 2009-2010 YPN Chair on September 24, 2009 at the YPN event at The Star Group.

Click here to see pictures from the event.