Young Professionals board

The Young Professionals Board (YPB) is a committed, dynamic group of emerging leaders in their 20s and 30s who support the children and families of Bear Necessities by committing their financial resources, time, networks and skills to the organization. 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 400 individuals annually. 

YPB members also get access to:

  • Resume-worthy leadership opportunities through committee service
  • High-level networking experiences, exciting events, and volunteer 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 2023-2024


Jackson Blanchard
Sarah Busch
Nicolina Falcone
Sam Frazen
Joe Howard
Connor Madey
Joe Howard
Donnie Manhard
Graham McIntosh
Michaela Methner
Charlie Monnat

Conley Morris
Delaney Mulcahy
Desmond Mulcahy
Audrey Pritchett
Evan Slattery
Matthew Touhy
Eric Zmuda

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