Jennifer Alcorn (The Plamondon Companies), a member of the Generation Connect Steering Committee.
Generation Connect knows how to throw a party! The room was abuzz with excitement and networking at the Generation Connect Third Birthday Party & Chamber Networking Event on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. A few words come to mind when reflecting on the event: Anticipation, energy, excitement, and accomplishment. As a steering committee member it gave me such a sense of fulfillment to see us bring a fantastic third year to a close. The venue — Hilton Garden Inn, Frederick — was fantastic and the staff provided top of the line food, drinks, and service.
Along with all 150 attendees, GenConnect celebrated the following accomplishments:
- A new series of events featuring an educational breakfast and local experts
- 10 networking events for professionals, especially those ages 21-40
- The Second Annual Not Your Mama’s Crab Feast at Ceresville Mansion
- $1,277.60 raised for Hospice of Frederick County from 2013 event proceeds
- The first ever Young Professional of the Year
The excitement of the evening swirled around the inaugural Young Professional of the Year award. An amazing group of 30 nominees were narrowed to the Top 5 Finalists, and then one was named the YP of 2013.
Michelle Day , Business Services Manager at Frederick County Workforce Services, is a young professional who has already accomplished so much in her career, which is why she was selected above all others!
At the event, we also presented more than $1,000 to the charity of the year, Hospice of Frederick County. Proceeds raised in 2013 will sponsor two children to attend Camp Jamie, a bereavement camp for children.
In 2014, the Captain John Ryan Dennison Memorial will be the charity of the year. The memorial is an Urbana District Park project honoring those from Frederick County who fought and lost their lives in the wars on terrorism. Donated funds from GenConnect will help start the construction in 2014-2015. Capt. Dennison would have been 32 in 2014, and all but one of those lost would have been 40 or under, fitting into the Generation Connect demographic. They would have been leaders and peers among us. This memorial will honor them and their sacrifice, and we are proud to be a part of this project.
As we close the chapter on 2013 and look forward to 2014, my co-chairperson Tammy Feaster, myself, and the steering committee members are committed to bringing an even better 2014 to Generation Connect.
Editor’s Note: For more about the Top 5 Finalists for the Young Professional of the Year, check out the December 2013 issue of Frederick Magazine!