United Way Young Philanthropists Ignite the Night

For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Karyn Ruhl
United Way of Metropolitan Chicago

United Way Young Philanthropists Ignite the Night
Young Leaders Society hosts successful 2016 event at Nellcôte

(CHICAGO, IL) February 19, 2016 – United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s (UWMC) Young Leaders Society (YLS) hosted its second annual Ignite fundraiser on February 19th at Nellcôte in Chicago’s West Loop. The event brought together young professionals and United Way supporters from across Chicagoland for a night of music, cocktails, networking and philanthropy.

YLS co-chairs Will Darley, W. S. Darley & Co., and Emily Steckel, BMO Harris Bank, welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 400 young professionals and Chicagoland VIPs to the stunning West Loop Bistro. Guests enjoyed signature cocktails from 2Gingers Irish Whiskey, a selection of beers from Revolution Brewery and hors d’oeuvres from Nellcôte’s European-inspired menu. Guests danced the night away to music by the Selner Brothers and bid on more than 50 silent auction items including a private tour and tasting experience at Koval Distillery, a signed Jonathan Toews jersey, 18 holes at Medinah Country Club with PGA Tour swing coach Drew Steckel and 7th row tickets to an upcoming Chicago Cubs game.

Ignite generated a record-breaking $95,000 to help United Way provide support for nearly 2 million people in need in local neighborhoods. “The proceeds raised at Ignite will help provide early learning and middle school programs, job training and financial tools, healthcare services and critical basic needs support for people in need around the region,” said Will Darley, “It is truly amazing what this committed group of young philanthropists was able to accomplish and I can’t wait to see what kind of impact we will continue to make.”

United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) members are caring and committed young professionals on a mission to encourage philanthropy and volunteerism amongst their peers and to create a vibrant region in which to live, learn, work and prosper for all Chicagoans. Through their numerous fundraising efforts throughout the year, they help raise funds to help support 185 nonprofit agencies across the region.