Variety Young Professionals Event Thursday, April 26th at the Strand Smokehouse

springlaunchEB‘Spring Launch’, hosted by the Young Professionals Council of the Variety Boys & girls Club, is taking place next Thursday, April 26th, from 6-9pm at the Strand Smokehouse (25-27 Broadway).

The entire Queens community is invited to eat, drink, network, and give back!


Reserve your ticket(s) here.

“The Mission of our Young Professionals Council is to connect dynamic people who are passionate about maximizing the positive impact of the Club in our community through events and community engagement,” said John Sanchez, Chair of the YPC at the Variety Boys & Girls Club, and Director of Marketing of the Queens Ledger Newspaper Group.

YPC members include representatives from Amazon, Skanska, CHIP, Microsoft, WeWork, The Queens Chamber of Commerce, Heroes Basketball League, United Print Group, The Queens Ledger Newspaper Group, TD Bank, Colliers International, Edward Jones, TheIO, St. John’s Prep, The Ophelia Theatre, Biobus, Zara Realty, and many more.


Click here to watch a video of one of the programs that the YPC is spearheading; a high school sponsorship program, which is helping 5 high school aged Club Members attend a private school, at which they are excelling in the classroom and on the basketball court. Two of the boys are currently being recruited by D1 & D2 basketball programs.

Click here to take a look at Variety’s various innovative programs, such as STEM, STEAM, Storytelling, NASA, and more…

At the mixer, the Council will have application forms for attendees who would like to become involved in volunteering at the Club.


“Our group is named the “Young Professionals Council,” but ‘young’ really means ‘young at heart’,” said Tom Sanchez, Co-Chair of the YPC. “Our members range from 21 – 41, but we encourage all ages to participate… as you are never too old to support the underprivileged youth in our community,” said Tom Sanchez, Marketing Director at United Print Group.

“We appreciate the financial support of our local community, and promise to continue fulfilling our Mission of providing children with everything they need in order to succeed now and in the future. We promise to maintain a stable environment, and provide a level of support which will guide children towards academic success, build good character and leadership, and assist with maintaining healthy lifestyles. Join the Boys and Girls Club Movement, and give Club Members the opportunity to become strong leaders for tomorrow!” said Variety Executive Director, Matt Trow.


Reserve your ticket here.

There is a suggested donation of $25, which includes food & 1 drink. All donations will be used to fund the awesome programs of the Club.

Organizers hinted that CHIP NYC will be bringing some treats from their outrageously popular cookie bakery.

Call John at 347-267-4990 or Denise at 718-728-0946 for more info! Check out their Facebook Group Page.

Variety YPC networking & fundraising event this Thursday at Chick-N-Soup, Astoria

This Thursday, October 26th, The Variety Boys & Girls Club’s Young Professionals Committee is hosting a networking & fundraising event at a new local restaurant… and the whole community is invited.

From 6:30-8:30PM, a group of around 15 YPC Committee members and their friends will meet at Chick-N-Soup in Astoria (30-12 Astoria Blvd) to eat, drink, network, and support the mission of the Variety Boys & Girls Club.

ypceventOCT There will be food & drink for all. Suggested donation is $25 per person, and all proceeds will be donated towards the Club’s afterschool programs.

“If you are interested in helping kids in our community and expanding  your business network, come join us,” said John Sanchez, Director of Marketing at the Queens Ledger Newspaper and Chair of the  Young Professionals Committee. “Invite your friends!” he added.

YPC member, Lou Trujillo, recently opened up Chick-N-Soup, and  will be providing american-style entrees as well as beer, wine, and  sangria.
“Our committee is very warm and welcoming,” said Tom, marketing manager of United Print by day, and Vice Chair of the YPC by night. “The YPC has helped me develop both business and personal relationships that have been beneficial,” Tom added.
“Thursday (10/26) is a nationwide event day, ‘Lights On Afterschool,’ celebrating afterschool programs and their important role in the lives of children, families and communities,” said Matt Troy, Executive Director of the Variety Boys & Girls Club. “We thank you for your support,” said Troy.

Email [email protected] to RSVP.