Killeen Young Professionals give back

Jenna Weynand, director of communications, places gift donations for the local Court Appointed Special Advocates for children on the table during the Greater Killeen Young Professionals social Thursday night at the Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen.

About 40 people attended the final Greater Killeen Young Professionals’ social of the year Thursday, and donated about 40 toys and gift cards to the local Court Appointed Special Advocates group.

“Every year since the group started, the December social has been a toy drive,” said Jennifer Hetzel, president of the young professionals. “We are excited to be able to do it again and give back.”

The young professionals focus on networking, community service and professional development, Hetzel said. Thursday night’s social accomplished two things at once.

“It is an opportunity to market yourself and what you are doing and to contribute to the community,” said Faith Chartauros with Farmers Insurance.

With about 100 members and looking to grow, the club’s turnout was good, Hetzel said.

Even first-timer Julian Sciortino was prepared to give back, bringing a Spider-Man toy to the mixer.

The young professionals offer a chance to network not only for you but “you are benefiting others with what you do,” he said.

The social at Vive Les Arts Theatre in Killeen was casual, and the theater provided tours of its facility.

Chartauros said she was glad the event was a casual affair, allowing her to meet various people.

“This right here is really relaxed,” she said.

Heztel said young professional members are typically between 21 to 40 years old, but the group is for anyone who is young at heart.

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Contact Mason W. Canales at ​ or (254) 501-7474

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