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Broomfield HYPE has grown and matured since its inception, and continues to make its mark in the community.
Next month the group will host its second HYPE Bowl-A-Thon to raise money for Broomfield FISH. Last year the event raised $2,100 for FISH. This year, the group hopes to double that amount.
HYPE, which stands for Helping Young Professionals Evolve is a program designed for those age 39 and younger who work closely with the Broomfield Chamber. It provides business skills training, peer coaching, and networking.
“HYPE within the last year has really been developed more,” Chelsea Walters, HYPE committee member and an owner at Family Hearing, said.
Walters said the organization has an event every month that is based on one of the group’s tenets — professional development, networking and community service.
In May, members volunteered at A Precious Child organizing clothes before the Broomfield nonprofit moved toits new facility. Before that, they held a professional development seminar led by Tim Gaynor, of Coach Develop Inspire, who talked to the group about how to be better leaders.
The March event was a happy-hour networking event at a local pub.
Last year, approximately 100 people attended the bowling event to compete and network with others in the community while supporting a local nonprofit.
Grayson Hofferber, HYPE committee member and chair of the Broomfield Chamber’s board of directors, said while HYPE is a part of the chamber, it operates autonomously.
“We’ll see over time how it becomes more integral to the chamber,” he said, “and folded in more with our existing membership.”
Chamber President Sam Taylor has said he wants it to be an ongoing and longstanding piece of the chamber, according to Hofferber. A formal committee meeting will take place in the fourth quarter where members will actively seek new committee members and define specific roles.
Currently, the group meets once a month to plan events and discuss the future of the organization.
There is no dues at this point — since the goal of the new organization was to attract members — but that is expected to change by later this year or early 2019. Members are in the process of discerning appropriate rates and how that would “fold into” the overarching membership of the chamber.
“At the end of the day, we want to bring as much value to our existing chamber members, and new members,” Hofferber said, “And, we’re trying to avoid overcharging.”
Next month, HYPE will join the chamber at its annual picnic, Walters said, and in August members are planning a game night to benefit the Broomfield Housing Opportunity Coalition.
HYPE used to attract five or six people to an event, but now attendance is up to 10 or 20 people.
“I just feel like everything is really gelling and moving forward,” she said.
About half of the 18 lanes are filled so far for the Bowl-A-Thon, but they anticipate it will be a packed event. People who don’t want to bowl still are invited to come, donate whatever they like and network. Those who join HYPE, by giving their email address, will receive a discounted rate to play and be entered into a raffle for a Chipper’s entertainment package.
Last year, lanes filled up about a week before the event.
“2018 has been a really good year for HYPE and I think its going to get better,” Hofferber said.