Happy hours are plentiful in the District, but not all of them come with fantastic views of the city the way the Easter Seals rooftop reception did. Held Wednesday evening at Citigroup’s rooftop terrace downtown, the happy hour gave members of the organization’s Young Professionals Council the chance to chat and mingle while admiring the Old Post Office pavilion, the Capitol and the Washington monument.
The event was also an opportunity for the Council, composed of local professionals in their 20s, 30s and 40s, to recruit new members and spread the word about upcoming events. The YPC encourages a younger audience to volunteer with Easters Seals, which helps individuals with disabilities and specials needs. Fortunately, YPC’s members are quite good at publicity; many attendees were new to Easter Seals, and most had heard about the event through a friend or coworker on the Council.
Easter Seals has expanded its brand and services in recent years, President and CEO Lisa Reeves told guests during a series of brief remarks.
“We’re not your parents’ Easter Seals,” she said. She added that the organization aimed to further elevate its brand and address current social and medical issues, such as Alzheimer’s, autism and unemployment.
Other speakers stressed that volunteers did not have to give a lot of their time to make a difference. Easter Seals board member and former Miss Wheelchair America Juliette Rizzo said that just tweeting about this event was significant and could inspire others to join.
“Use social media for social good,” she said.
Rizzo gave guests a goal: Find someone with a disability and get them to join Easter Seals.
“They’re out there, they’re lonely and they have gifts and talents,” she said.
The Young Professionals Council is hosting its first annual event Oct. 18: a “Gilligan’s Island”-themed cruise on the Potomac. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $150 for VIP, and there will be trivia, raffles, other prizes and an open bar. Guests are encouraged to come as their favorite characters from the show.