Young Professionals board

Making an Impact

The Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a committed, dynamic group of emerging leaders in their 20s and 30s who pledge their financial resources, time, networks and skills to support the children and families of Bear Necessities. YPB members are passionate about Bear Necessities’ mission of eliminating pediatric cancer and providing hope and support to those who are touched by it. 

The Young Professionals Board:

  • Enhances the efforts of Bear Necessities
  • Builds upon and elevates Bear Necessities’ brand while generating funds and support for the organization
  • Develops future Bear Necessities leaders

Want to bring hope and joy into more children’s lives by making a donation and supporting the YPB?



The YPB hosts several events throughout the year, including Purple Affair for the Bear, an unforgettable, marquee fundraiser attended by more than 600 individuals annually. The 2023 event will take place on Saturday, February 4th, at The Old Post Office in Chicago. Find out more about how to support this event.

YPB members also get access to:

  • Resume-worthy leadership opportunities through committee service
  • High-level networking experiences, exciting events, and service opportunities
  • Experience in philanthropy through special fundraising efforts

Requirements for YBP membership include:

  • Attendance at monthly meetings
  • $200 annual dues
  • $250 fundraising commitment 
  • Participation on one committee
  • Participation at events

Ready to join or want to learn more? Email [email protected] today. 

Find YPB on Instagram: @bearnecessitiesypb


YPB Members 2022-2023

Jackson Blanchard
Sarah Busch
Maralee Capella
Nicolina Falcone
Sam Frazen
Chris Gillespie
Kevin Henry
Joe Howard
Bennett Kushnick
Chris Kusminsky
Conner Madey
Donnie Manhard

Graham McIntosh
Michaela Methner
Charlie Monnat
Conley Morris
Delaney Mulcahy
Desmond Mulcahy
Ann Mullen
Audrey Pritchett
Zach Stevens
Matthew Touhy
Ryan Walton
Eric Zmuda

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