Twenty years young: York Young Professionals celebrates 20th year

The group announces, along with a fresh design, a series of special events celebrating their 20th anniversary.

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Members of the York Young Professionals board talk during a recent meeting. From left, Kevin Forry, vice president; Beth Rosenberger, events chair; Ryan A. Luckenbaugh, treasurer; Laurin Gross, president; and Thais Carrero, member at large. (Photo by Caleb Robertson for Our York Media)

While many of her friends moved away from York County after graduating college in 2008, Laurin Gross stayed in the area and took a job in the city.

“I chose York to be my home because I wanted to,” she says, “not because I had to.”

That mindset made all the difference in how she sees York, and such is the sentiment of her fellow members in York Young Professionals, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“Our mission of making York a better place to live, work, and play is just as important now as it was 20 years ago,” says Laurin, YYP’s president. “There’s an enormous sense of community and camaraderie among York’s supporters, and it really makes it a better home for everyone.”

Big year ahead

Laurin and her fellow board members are excited to be part of the milestone year. Plans include a redesigned logo, as well as some special events throughout the year.

The group will host a special “Live, Work, Play” tour, which plays off of the Annual Home Tour the organization hosted from 1999-2013. The former keystone event worked with urban homeowners and developers to showcase city living.

Our mission of making York a better place to live, work, and play is just as important now as it was 20 years ago.

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Laurin Gross YYP president

YYP also plans to host this year’s annual Regional Young Professionals Mixer – a gathering of members from young professionals clubs in Hanover, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Reading, Susquehanna Valley and York.

Finally, the organization is throwing a New Year’s Eve party slated to be held at the Valencia Ballroom. The ticketed, upscale event will be open to members and non-members and include a DJ, open bar and appetizers.

Laurin hopes these events attract the attention of some of the people who helped shape YYP from the beginning, while also enticing new people to the organization through memberships or partnerships.

“We’re grateful for the people who stepped up over the years to make YYP what it is today,” she says. “Our job is to keep the momentum going.”

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