January 17, 2013
The Young Black Professional Network of Charlottesville gathered for bowling at Keglers in Albemarle County.
The event was open to all. About 50 people attended.
"It's a wonderful time. We've all come together, people are smiling, they're happy, they're having an amazing time, and it's all for a great cause and uplifting our community. So, we're really happy and excited about the turnout and we can't wait to do more fundraisers and have more events like this," said Whitney Hinnant, the network's chair.
The gutters and strikes raised money for the Self Love/Umoja Symposium, an event to empower area youth.
"We just wanted to make sure we could bring everyone together in unity in our community ...so that we could come out and support our children because we're really trying to raise money for our children," said Hinnant.
The Young Black Professional Network is an organization which aims to connect the African-American community to promote social, economic, and educational growth in the greater Charlottesville area.
"We're building our foundation. We're just really ready for the Young Black Professionals Network of Charlottesville to grow. We're excited to get going," said Hinnant.
If you are interested in the Young Black Professionals Network's regular meetings and Umoja Symposium, visit their Facebook page.