Tweet Night at the Elgin Symphony Orchestra – Encore!

TweetNightOur first Elgin Symphony Orchestra social night earlier this year was so well received, we are happy to announce that we are again partnering with ESO for an encore Tweet Night at the Symphony, taking place on Saturday, October 17 at The Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way in downtown Elgin.

We will meet at Martini Room, 161 E. Chicago Street, for pre-concert drinks from 6-7pm. Then head over to The Hemmens before the Out of this World: Sci-Fi Movie Classics concert at 7:30pm, where you’ll hear themes from classic sci-fi movies such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Back to the Future and more!

ESO has graciously provided us with 30 seats in the upper balcony where we can get our social media on and live tweet about this awesome experience as it happens.

After the concert, we are invited to Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin to enjoy a cash bar, free apps and to mingle with the musicians and patrons.

Special discounted tickets are only $10 per person! If you have never been to an Elgin Symphony Orchestra concert, this is a great opportunity to witness one of Elgin’s true cultural gems in person.

If you are interested in attending, you must e-mail Jason Pawlowski at by Friday, October 9. Tickets are first come, first serve.

Payment is due in full to EYPN by Monday, October 12 – no exceptions. Preferred payment is cash or check (payable to EYPN). Please do not order your tickets directly from the ESO Box Office as those tickets will not be discounted.

Let’s pack the house that night and blow up Twitter about EYPN, ESO and Elgin!


September EYPN Meeting at Rookies

cropped-eypn1.jpgOur next Elgin Young Professionals Network meeting is Thursday, September 17 at Rookies, 2486 Bushwood Drive in Elgin, at 6pm.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Fall and Holiday Cash Mobs
  • Coffee with EYPN
  • Professional Development Seminar
  • ESO Tweet Night
  • EYPN Volunteer Nights
  • And more!

This event is also open to anyone interested in joining or learning more about the leadership building and community service opportunities available with EYPN.

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

cropped-eypn1.jpgEYPN April Meeting Minutes
Tuesday, April 28, 2016 6:00pm
Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street, Elgin

Board Members Present: Megan Ault, Aaron Cosentino, Marissa Garza, Jason Pawlowski

Members Present: Andrea Fugitt, Olivia Vlahos, Brooke Wardle, Molly Center, Emily Tyler, Andrew Block, Justin Budd, Angela Carlson


Jason Pawlowski, Board Treasurer, facilitated the meeting and welcomed the group at 6:01pm.

Coffee with EYPN

The April Coffee with EYPN event at Domani Café was well attended. Domani has been a great host for the last two coffee events. The question was raised about whether we should consider rotating these events to offer other coffee shops in town the opportunity to host. Another question was raised about if the events could be rotated to another day besides Fridays. It was decided that our next Coffee with EYPN, tentatively scheduled for mid-July or August, should rotate to Blue Box Café in downtown Elgin and we will look at the feasibility of scheduling the event on a different day of the week.

EYPN May Volunteer Event

Our next volunteer event will be a Clean-Up Day at Hawthorne Hills in Elgin on Saturday, May 16 from 9am-12pm. A Facebook event will be created and cross promoted thru the EYPN website. Sign-up will be coordinated thru Elissa Kojzarek and Molly Center.

Regarding the ongoing monthly EYPN volunteer nights with Food for Greater Elgin, we will work with Sue Ericson and her staff to coordinate another volunteer night in June. We will then continue to promote and offer the ongoing monthly FFGE opportunities to anyone who is interested and look at setting a goal for the year for total FFGE volunteer hours as an organization.

2015 Mentor Program

Past Chair Becky Hardekopf was unable to attend the meeting so discussion on the specifics of the “kick-off” event for the 2015 Mentor Program was tabled.

Discussion did take place on potential mentor candidates. We will confirm which candidates Becky has already lined-up and then reach out to those other potential mentors discussed this evening.

Discussion also took place on current EYPN members serving as mentors not just for our membership but for college students as well. Several members expressed an interest in serving as mentors. Additional discussion on the logistics and integration into our existing mentor program is needed.

It was suggested that our members perhaps consider serving as presenters for more Professional Development Series this year with topics/presenters such as Learning Adobe InDesign (Jason Pawlowski), Social Media tips (Marissa Garza, Molly Center, Krisilee Murphy, others), etc.

Tweet Night at the Symphony

The EYPN Tweet Night at the ESO will be Saturday, May 2 beginning with a wine tasting at Solo restaurant & wine bar at 6pm followed by the concert at Hemmens at 7:30pm. We have a total of 11 EYPN members and their guests attending. EYPN will prepay the ESO by check on Wednesday, April 29 and collect remaining outstanding funds from attendees by Saturday night.

Mother’s Day Cash Mob

Our spring Cash Mob will be Saturday, May 9 from 9am-1pm at The Flower Wagon, 989 W. Spring Street in South Elgin. The Facebook event went live earlier this week and over 350 people have been invited from both EYPN and the owners of The Flower Wagon. For every “cash mobster” that spends $20, they are entered into a raffle for a planter of flowers valued at $50. Winners need not be present to win. Also, each mom in attendance that day will receive a single flower as a gift.

Upcoming Community Events/Volunteer Opportunities

Downtown Elgin Art Hop (5/1) is looking for volunteers to help with registration and check-in at nine different venues in downtown Elgin. Contact Paige Roeber at the DNA at or call 847-488-1456.

Strawberry Festival (5/2) takes place at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Elgin and benefits local non-profit organizations.

City of Elgin’s Public Works Open House (5/2) is a family-friendly event that takes place at the Public Works facility at 1900 Holmes Road.

EYPN member Kari Christensen has been nominated in the Communications category for this year’s YWCA Elgin Leader Luncheon (5/7) at the Seville in Streamwood. Several EYPN members are attending to support Kari. Tickets are $55 and can be purchased at

City of Elgin’s Fox Trot is seeking volunteers for packet stuffing during the week leading up to the race (5/19-5/21). Shifts are from 9am-12pm, 12pm-3pm and 3pm-6pm. They are also in need of pre-registration volunteers (5/22) and race day volunteers (5/23) for check-in and other duties.

Bikes and Bites on the Fox (5/30) will be a bicycle-friendly event on Riverside Drive featuring food trucks, farmers market, kids activities and more. EYPN is organizing the bags activity for the event. We will post this as a volunteer opportunity for EYPN members and we need at least 2-3 people. We are also looking into prizes for a potential bags tournament at the event. Angela Carlson will promote Bikes and Bites on the Fox on her 7 for the Weekend segment on 95.9-FM The River.

Other Discussion

Marissa Garza has agreed to organize a new EYPN Book Club, where different members will pick a book each quarter that they like for other participating members to read. Then we will host informal quarterly meetings to discuss.

The group was definitely on board with doing another EYPN painting night. We will decide on an appropriate night for sometime this summer and work with Ola la Ijorere to schedule. Several members expressed interest in doing the Riverside Drive painting.

Brooke Wardle will be joining as a new EYPN member thru Judson University. Brooke will only be in the Elgin area until late summer. We will give the option to Judson to send another representative in her place after Brooke leaves.

Andrew Block has also expressed interest in joining and volunteering at some of our upcoming EYPN functions.

The group was in favor of conducting the next meeting at Prairie Rock Bar & Grill in downtown Elgin in their outdoor beer garden. We will confirm this with Christina Pearson just in case a May venue has already been confirmed.

Next Meeting: Thursday, May 21st at 6pm (location TBD)

Meeting Adjourned at 6:45pm

EYPN Tweet Night at the Symphony

TweetNightThe Elgin Symphony Orchestra is offering a special event exclusively for EYPN members only on Saturday, May 2.

The evening begins at 6pm with an exclusive wine tasting at Solo Restaurant and Wine Bar, 13 Douglas Avenue in downtown Elgin.

Then at 7pm we will head over to the ESO’s 2014-15 Season Finale concert at the Hemmens Cultural Center, 45 Symphony Way. Your seats will be designated as “Tweet Seats” and for the first time ever, you are invited to Tweet during the concert! You will receive a special lanyard with the EYPN logo on it.

After the concert, the ESO will host an end-of-season party at Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago Street in downtown Elgin, where appetizers will be served with a cash bar. The cost for all of this is only $20 per person. EYPN members are welcome to invite spouses, significant others or a friend to join! There are only 30 spots available.

This is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy one of Elgin’s artistic gems and a great way to spend a Saturday night with EYPN friends.

If you are planning to attend EYPN’s Tweet Night at the Symphony, please RSVP at and submit payment to us on or before our next EYPN meeting on Tuesday, April 28 at 6pm at Elgin Public House. Cash or check only.

Elgin Home for the Holidays: Nov 10-16

ehfth14You better not pout or cry because we’ve made a list (and checked it twice) of this week’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events for you to unwrap.

This year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays promotion, co-sponsored by the Elgin Young Professionals Network and Gail Borden Public Library, features 23 area non-profit organizations cross promoting nearly 40 holiday events sure to fill the brisk Elgin air with the warming spirit of the season.

This week’s slate of Elgin Home for the Holidays events includes a roll of the dice to support the efforts of a vital community non-profit, chamber performances by a renowned area youth symphony orchestra, and a Christmas tree auction that can help brighten the lives of those afflicted with mental illness while simultaneously brightening up your home for the holidays:

pads-logoLet the good times roll on Friday, November 14 at 6:30pm at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, 330 Griswold Street in Elgin, at the PADS of Elgin Bunco Tournament. Join them for a night of fun and friendly competition. Enjoy two rounds of dice tournament play as well as dinner and soft drinks. Prizes will be given out for most wins, most losses and most Buncos. No experience necessary! Tickets are only $25.

30th-anniversary-logoOn Saturday, November 15 beginning at 9:30am at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin, give the gift of literacy this holiday season. The Literacy Connection’s Volunteer Tutoring takes only 1-2 hours per week to work with adults who need to improve their reading or English skills. You do not need to be a teacher or to speak a foreign language to tutor. You only need to be 18+ years old and able to read, speak and write English. They have 130+ people on their waiting list for a tutor. You could help an adult with limited English discover their full potential and make a profound positive impact on his or her life, resulting in a rewarding experience in your own life.

festoftreesThere’s only a few days left to enjoy the Ecker Center for Mental Health‘s annual Festival of Trees Display at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Avenue in Elgin. These elegant, charming and fascinating trees will continue to be displayed at the library thru Friday, November 14 at noon and are sponsored by individuals and organizations and decorated by volunteer designers/decorators.

Ecker_Festival_of_Trees_Logo_2014Then on Saturday, November 15 beginning at 5:30pm all of these beautifully decorated trees will be sold to the highest bidders at the annual Festival of Trees Auction at the Marriott Northwest, 4800 Hoffman Blvd. in Hoffman Estates. Enjoy a sparkling evening of fun, exquisite culinary service, live and silent auctions, raffles, prizes, live music and, of course, the stars of the show…the trees! Proceeds benefit the Ecker Center for Mental Health. For more information or to purchase your tickets for the Festival of Trees Auction, visit

EYSO_performanceOn Sunday, November 16, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra performs their annual Chamber Music Institute concerts at Elgin Community College‘s Blizzard Theatre, 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin, with performances at 1pm, 2:30pm, 4pm and 5:30pm. The concerts feature EYSO students in small chamber ensembles. The event is free and open to the community!

EACContinuing now thru the end of December 2014, the Elgin Area Chamber of Commerce presents its annual Holiday Wish List. Many area non-profit organizations are in need of essential, basic necessities from office supplies to equipment while others could benefit from financial donations or simply the gift of your volunteer service. You can find a complete list of items needed as well as the organizations in need by visiting the Elgin Area Chamber office, 31 S. Grove Avenue in downtown Elgin, during regular business hours. You can also contact them at (847) 741-5660 for more information.

Our friends from the Elgin Area Convention & Visitors Bureau want to remind you again that this year you can turn your holiday trip to Elgin into an affordable weekend getaway! Holiday Inn Chicago Northwest ($84 per night) and Hampton Inn Chicago/Elgin ($79 per night) are offering special room rates for the holiday season when you mention “Elgin Home for the Holidays” when you book. Stop in between all the holiday events to recharge, escape from the cold or relax in the pool. Restrictions apply. Not applicable with any other offer or discounts. Based on availability and must call ahead to make reservations.

We would also like to thank everyone who shared in the holiday cheer at our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off event on Saturday, November 14 at Gail Borden Public Library. If you missed the event, please feel free to browse our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays Kick-Off Facebook photo album.

Special thanks to:

- Our 2014 Elgin Home for the Holidays co-chairs, Brittany Mitchell and Elaina McCalmont for all of your time, dedication and hard work on this year’s program;

- Elgin Young Professionals Network members Elissa Kojzarek, Christina Pearson, Jason Pawlowski, Kari Christensen, Saul Acevedo and Justin Budd for your volunteer service at the event;

- All of the Gail Borden Public Library staff, lead by EYPN Board Member Stacy Michel;

- All the participating Elgin area non-profit organizations who joined us for our non-profit expo;

- Elgin Children’s Chorus, Elgin Master Chorale, Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and Heartland Voices for providing the musical entertainment;

- Elgin 360 Photography Club photographer Paul Conarty for manning the holiday photo booth;

- United Way of Elgin for coordinating the Reading with Mrs. Claus activity;

- Jim & Becky’s Horse & Carriage Service for providing the holiday horse drawn carriage rides along the Fox River;

- Brian Fletcher of the Daily Herald for helping promote the kick-off event as well as the November and December calendar of events.

For a complete and detailed listing of all of this year’s Elgin Home for the Holidays events or to find out more about the participating non-profit organizations, visit