United Way's Young Leaders Society hosts "Ignite" bash to support local charities

United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s (UWMC) Young Leaders Society (YLS) hosted its 2nd annual Ignite fundraiser at Nellcôte in Chicago’s West Loop on February 19. Event co-chairs Will Darley and Emily Steckel welcomed a sold-out crowd of more than 400 young professionals and supporters to the bistro where they enjoyed cocktails and Nellcôte’s European-inspired menu. The event raised funds for a variety of local charities.

Partygoers danced the night away to music by the Selner Brothers and bid on silent auction items that included a signed Jonathan Toews jersey, eighteen holes at Medinah Country Club with PGA Tour swing coach Drew Steckel and 7th row tickets to an upcoming Chicago Cubs game!

The event 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 around the region,” said Will Darley, YLS executive chair.

United Way’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) members are committed young professionals who, through their numerous fundraising efforts throughout the year, help raise funds to support 185 nonprofit agencies across Chicagoland.

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