Posted On On: February 8, 2018 Categories Filed Under: Member News

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Harrisburg Young Professionals 2018 Annual Meeting


HARRISBURG, Pa. (2/8/18) – On February 6, 2018, the Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) and members of the community met to celebrate the successes of 2017 and share plans for 2018. The keynote speaker Una Martone, President & CEO of Leadership Harrisburg Area, spoke to attendees about their role in the community as servant leaders and volunteers.


Harrisburg Young Professionals highlighted a number of 2017 accomplishments including:

  • $7,000 awarded to HYP members through the Home in the City Program, helping first-time home buyers with closing costs.
  • $14,390 went back to the city for renting athletic facilities for over 2,213 HYP athletes to play 1,224 sports games.
  • $11,768 fundraised and donated to nonprofits through the Refresh Harrisburg, 5 Miler for 5 Charities, the Emergency Philanthropist Program’s “Harrisburg Hoopla” & Charity Date Auction events.
  • 1 million seeds planted during the Forester Street Clean Up.
  • HYP and the Hill Society partnered to host the 2017 Harrisburg Mayoral Debate.
  • HYP engaged a team of urban planners and began stakeholder meetings to discuss the potential revitalization of Market Square in downtown Harrisburg.


A significant part of the Annual Meeting was to recognize partners and community leaders who made an impact on the development and improvement of the city of Harrisburg.


Awards Presented:

  • Provisions received the Business of the Year Award
  • Bike Share Harrisburg won Project of the Year for their work done on Strawberry Square
  • Sprocket Mural Works received the Community Engagement Award
  • Ryan Ungar received the President’s Award, selected by the immediate Past-President, Joe Tertel
  • Monika Kohli received the HYP Member of the Year Award
  • HYP Sports members were recognized for their teamwork efforts
    • Adam Drake received Male Athlete of the Year
    • Laura Creason received Female Athlete of the Year



Harrisburg Young Professionals also shared their vision for 2018, the 20th Anniversary for the organization. HYP President, Suzanne Patackis spoke about her challenge to HYP’s leaders and committee chairs to be servant leaders, focusing “first on service by supporting the growth and well-being of others and the communities to which they belong.” Patackis said, “The talent in Harrisburg is beyond measure and is not plateauing anytime soon.”


All of the 2018 events wills help highlight and feature the 20 years of growth and success, including the upcoming Annual Home Tour, HYP’s longest standing event. HYP announced that the 2018 Home Tour will be hosted in the Midtown community of Harrisburg on Saturday, May 19th from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m. Attendees tour homes in the area, gaining decor ideas and a feel for the neighborhood, in case they are planning on purchasing a home in the near future. Proceeds of this event benefit the HYP Home in the City program, a $1,000 grant to qualified members of the organization who plan on purchasing a home. Tickets for Home Tour can be purchased on the HYP website,




Harrisburg Young Professionals – Harrisburg Young Professionals (HYP) is a group of young, active, civic-minded professionals who have a clear vision of Harrisburg’s future as a great place to live, work and play. We are part of a movement that is breathing new life into urban areas and lessening the negative impact of suburban sprawl. We also work to prevent the migration of educated young people to larger cities (often referred to as “brain drain”) and to encourage those who have left to return to the Central Pennsylvania region.