Updated: May 1, 2021
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HYPE members shared high-fives, pitchers of beers and business cards last week when they met to raise money for a Broomfield nonprofit and awareness of local business.
Broomfield’s HYPE or Helping Young Professionals Evolve, is a program designed young professionals that provides business skills training, peer coaching and networking, celebrated its first anniversary in July.
For a year, members have met to tour local businesses and volunteer their time and efforts at nonprofit organizations.
Last week, they turned their hands to raising money for Broomfield FISH — their largest gathering and first fundraiser to date.
The event, held at Chipper’s Lanes at 100 Nickel St., raised $1,800 for FISH.
About 100 people attended the bowling event to compete, showcase a local business and network with others in the community. Typically about 10 to 15 people show up for the outings, committee member Chelsea Waters, a specialist with Family Hearing Centers, said.
She and Grayson Hofferber, president and financial advisor with Millennial Wealth Management, said their target group is to recruit 21 through 39-year-olds to join HYPE. It’s based in Broomfield, but professionals from surrounding areas can join.
HYPE will be open to chamber members and non member alike. Events will have different member and non member rates, and prices vary depending on event type.
It can intimidating to join a chamber of commerce when you’re a young professional, Walters said, and when some your fellow members have had their businesses 50 years. This group allows that demographic to learn about resources in the community and meeting new people in a relaxing setting.
“For some, it’s about getting off the internet,” Grayson said.
HYPE member Shauna Gray, corporate and special events director for Chippers, helped orchestrate the fundraiser.
There is no official HYPE membership, but those interested can reach out to any committee members or through the group’s Facebook page, which Walters said “is more of our thing.”
HYPE promoted the event through social media. It’s something members may do again in the future, possibly supporting another local nonprofit.
Grayson said in the past, the group has volunteered at A Precious Child, Friends of Broomfield and Community Food Share
FISH, which is at its core a local food pantry, also helps Broomfield residents with transportation, rent and utility assistance, as well as running a mentorship program that helps people further their education, craft resumes and other job and interpersonal skills.
The bowling event raised money for FISH’s Break for Hunger program, which supports healthy snacks for children and senior citizens.