’20s-style party for United Way’s 90th anniversary

A fun evening celebrating the 90th anniversary of United Way was a success thanks to the support from United Way’s  Emerging Leaders. They successfully created a party theme of The Great Gatsby to benefit United Way California Capital Region.

"Emerging Leaders program is for young professionals in the Sacramento region," Kristina Schuett, United Way Sacramento Liaison for the Emerging Leaders program, said. "These members engage in professional and social events, as well as community service and philanthropy."

Philanthropy, Networking and Leadership is the foundation upon which Emerging Leaders is built.

Young leaders are young or young at heart.

"Young leaders are donors, up and coming professionals in the Sacramento area who want to engage with others and who have a commitment to the community, "Schuett explained.

The Leadership Council helps plan and execute United Way’s events, as well as help staff and run them, like tonight’s event.

And the event she was referring to was "Flappers and Fellas" a 1920′s-style Cocktails and Ballet event held in the Elks Tower ballroom.

A committee of eight put this evening’s event together. Over 100 Emerging Leaders members as well as community members who showed up, for the most part, dressed in 1920′s – themed attire and munching on gourmet hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, having their image captured on a photo booth, dancing and networking.

And they jumped in to learn how to do the Charleston dance.

And an amazing element about the evening is the synchroncity embedded in the evening:

  • The United Way turns 90 this year, founded in 1923.
  • Sacramento Ballet performed some skits from The Great Gatsby that was written in the early 1920′s.
  • Elks Tower was built in the ’20′s.
  • 90 United Way projects are scheduled throughout this year.

Jeff Mrizek, the Personal Development chair, got connected via the charitable campaign the state runs. Mrizek works with the Tax Franchise Board.

Mrizek said he hopes emerging leaders like himself can become future leaders in terms of philanthropy and giving. He says they teach the younger generation the value of giving.

The baby boomers are the biggest donors. It’s important the younger generation

Mrizek said "we are always looking to grow."

"There’s a rotation so people can serve a year or two on the steering committee and then general members can step in to the leadership positions," he said.

He explained that sometimes "we have jobs where we don’t get to be leaders, but we may have leadership competencies we don’t get to use," Mrizek explained.

By volunteering in this way, you can show leadership experience on a resume.

The benefactor of the funds raised at the 20′s party go to the United Way California Capital Region.

Here’s some photos from the evening: 

The Sacramento Ballet performed several skits from The Great Gatsby

Doing the Charleston.

Once Sacramento Ballet finished their performance, partygoers were given Charleston lessons:

Three Emerging Leaders members.

In the photo booth.

Dressed up in hat for photo booth.

United Way California Capital Region is an independent local affiliate of United Way Worldwide with a local board of directors. We serve a five-county region: Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yolo. We want to work with you to make a positive impact in our community.

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