JBBBS Board Member, Liri Kovalski, sounds off on her decision to chair the biggest Young Professionals event on the organization’s calendar – and why you won’t want to miss it.
Let’s talk about the “YoPro” After-Party. What’s it all about?
The YoPro [Young Professionals] After-Party is a fun night out on a cold March evening that happens to support a great cause: the JBBBS organization. Last year was our first attempt at adding a Young Professionals component to the Annual Gala; we knew all attendees had a blast when, at midnight, the event ended and they pleaded to continue. Building on last year’s success, I’m chairing the YoPro After-Party on March 28. We secured the House of Blues for the party and the adjoining Foundation Room for pre-drinks.
For someone who has never been to the event, what can they expect?
Among the party highlights are an open bar, yummy food, live band for dancing, amazing auction items and interesting people. That should entice everyone to get off their sofas and come boogie with us. Plus, it’s an opportunity for YoPros who are looking for volunteer opportunities to learn about JBBBS.
Why does this agency matter to you?
I started volunteering with JBBBS as a Big Sister to Kali three-and-a-half years ago. At first, Kali was a shy eight-and-a-half-year-old girl, very reserved. It took her some time to realize she could open up. Kali helped me to realize the positive influence a mentor makes on a child’s life. I then decided to help JBBBS in whatever way I could, specifically with the goals of finding the funds needed to take on more matches and of attracting young professionals as volunteers and future agency leaders. I joined the Board of Directors a little over a year ago as its youngest member.
What’s exciting to you about chairing “the After-Party?”
I’m super excited to lead the shift in JBBBS’ effort to spotlight young professionals. I’ve done many gratifying things in my life, including serving in the Israeli army for two years, but mentoring Kali and seeing her change forever, becoming more confident and trusting from one activity to another, has by far been the most gratifying experience I’ve had. As far as I am concerned, I’m not only organizing a fun party for friends, but also an opportunity for people to start a similar gratifying journey with JBBBS.