Nearly 200 young professionals gathered at the Four Seasons Hotel in Center City Philadelphia as the Young Professionals Network (YPN) of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce presented its 3rd annual Volunteer of the Year award.

The award, along with a $500 donation to be given to a charity of the recipient’s choice, was presented to Dan Brown, Commercial Insurance Account Executive at Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc. Presented annually to a YPN member who exemplifies the true spirit of volunteerism, recipients are chosen based on the amount of hours spent at YPN volunteer events. Brown attended seven YPN volunteer events and contributed 21 hours of service.

“The great thing about volunteering is that just a little bit of your time and effort can have a profound impact on someone else’s life,” said Brown.  “I strongly believe in giving back to the region in which I live and work. Through volunteering, we can build a better, brighter future for Greater Philadelphia.”

Brown donated the $500 to Chamber member Cradle to Crayons, an organization that aims to provide children up to 12 years of age with basic needs such as clothing, school supplies and toys, free of charge. Johnson, Kendall & Johnson matched 100 percent of the donation.

In addition to his volunteer work with YPN, Brown coaches the St. Dorothy Track team of Drexel Hill, and serves on the Young Friends Committees of Cradles to Crayons and Cora Services. In his current position at Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, he takes pride in helping business owners design policies and risk management procedures to protect company assets. He earned his BA from Shippensburg University in 2004.

The award ceremony took place at YPN’s monthly networking event. Rosemary Turner, president of UPS small package operations in the Chesapeake District, was the guest speaker at the event, and presented the award to Brown.  Brown then presented the $500 award donation and the additional $500 from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson to Joe Spause, Programs & Operations Manager at Cradles to Crayons. 

YPN is a professional development organization that gives young business people the opportunity to build relationships, exchange ideas, and give back to the community. In addition to hosting monthly networking events at some of the region’s premier hot spots, YPN is committed to volunteerism. Last year, YPN’s volunteer activities included working with Greater Philadelphia Cares, McClure Elementary School in North Philadelphia, WorkReady Philadelphia and Variety, The Children’s Charity. YPN members volunteered nearly 485 hours of their time to these organizations.

For more information about YPN or to get involved, visit www.ypnphilly.com.

View photos from the event here.