Decked out in their finest attire for a three-hour tour aboard Virginia’s Jewel, the Easter Seals Young Professionals Council (YPC) gathered for a fundraiser on the water Thursday evening. The “Gillian’s Island Cruise on the Potomac” marked the first event planned entirely by the YPC, which raised over $10,000 to support the Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region Annual Fund, enabling all people with disabilities and special needs, including wounded warriors, veterans and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work and play in their communities.
The cruise boarded at the â€œtropic port,â€ also known as the Washington Marina in Southwest Washington and sailed up and down the Potomac River. Over 50 passengers enjoyed music, trivia, a limbo contest, and opportunities to win prizes in raffle drawings (sponsored by BenStream Consulting). Prizes were also given to those who dressed up and best resembled each of their seven favorite castaways. The contest was sponsored by Infinite Computer Solutions, Inc. Dancing and mingling took place in the Skylight Lounge Area, sponsored by Stages Premier Realtors.
Luckily, the Skipper and Gilligan were able to avoid rough weather and the ship was never tossed (although thunderstorms came hours later). The fearless crew had avoided any contact with an uncharted desert isle and encountered three hours of smooth sailing.
The Young Professionals Council supports the services of Easter Seals Greater Washington-Baltimore Region.Â The group also aims to raise awareness of these services to a younger audience by assisting the Board of Directors, volunteering time and offering support to the organization and to individuals with disabilities and special needs through Easter Seals programs and fundraising events. Ultimately, the Council molds the next generation of non-profit leaders.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.