About The Columbus Young Professionals Club

CYP Club celebrates fifth anniversary

Columbus Young Professionals will throw a party this weekend at LC Pavilion
July 20, 2010
By Dwayne Steward

When Derek Grosso moved from New York City to Columbus in 2005, he just wanted to make new friends.

But instead of just hitting up the local bars on a regular basis, he started the Columbus Young Professionals Club, a company that not only helps you make friends, business associates and maybe even a lifelong partner.

"I've heard so many stories of people who've gotten a job, met their spouse or arranged major business deals just from their exposure in CYP," said Grosso, a 30-year-old Grandview resident who is the full-time president of the CYP Club.

Weekly social/business networking functions, athletic leagues and various community service projects are just a few of the services offered. The club's membership list recently hit the 10,000 mark, making it not only a force to be reckoned with in Central Ohio, but also one of the largest young professional groups in the country.

In order to celebrate this and many other milestones, CYP is throwing a lavish Five-Year Anniversary Bash at the LC Pavilion on Friday, July 30. The event will feature a red carpet and faux-paparazzi area where patrons can have their photo taken with friends. A dozen local restaurants—including places like The Refectory, Due Amici and Barrio Tapas—will be handing out samples from their menu. Complimentary "celebration drink stations" will feature sample-size drinks from Anheuser-Busch craft beers, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Belvedere Vodka, Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky and Hornitos Tequila.

"There'll be a small program with the club's highlights and milestones from the past five years, a complimentary champagne toast and free cake," Grosso said.

The 30-member leadership team will also be announcing a new second level of membership that will include a $50 annual fee for those interested in accessing more benefits from the club.

"It's our first time celebrating an anniversary, and we wanted to have a classy event where our members, sponsors and friends could have fun," Grosso said.

If you're not a CYP Club member, don't fret. The event is open to the public, with tickets $10 in advance and $20 at the door.

"Even if you're not a member, come check us out and see what we're all about," Grosso said. Joining the CYP Club is free and can be done by filling out an application at the group's Web site.

The CYP Club's Five-Year Anniversary Bash runs 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, July 30 at the LC Pavilion. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. CYP members can RSVP at the CYP Club Web site.

Still have questions about the CYP Club? Our F.A.Q. section has all of the answers to your questions.