On November 21, OXYP – Oxnard Young Professionals – kicked off the season of giving at its second-annual holiday mixer. In the weeks leading up to the networking event, OXYP led a fundraiser to collect gifts cards to benefit local teens served by Project Understanding.
“The evening was a success! We were able to collect 72 gift cards and donate them to Project Understanding,” says Taylor Penny, 2019 OXYP Chair and the Annual Campaigns Coordinator for St. John’s Healthcare Foundation.
“Tears filled my eyes as I handed them over to Jan Hauling from the organization. She was so grateful and expressed how much of a difference we have made for the families who will be receiving the cards.”
Located in Ventura, Project Understanding is a nonprofit that provides hope by developing and directing resources for the purpose of transforming lives and community through justice, mercy and compassion.
The event was held at Red Tandem Brewery and included food from Marco's Pizza, both Chamber members.
“A big shout out to Red Tandem for inviting us into their space and giving free tastings to those who attended, and to Marco’s Pizza for donating delicious pizza for us to enjoy!” says Penny.
Later in the month, OXYP is hosting a private holiday party for teens at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme for the second year in a row. At this year’s event, OXYP is providing a Gamez on Wheels 2D/3D game truck and serving up ice cream.
Penny says she hope this tradition of supporting local kids and teens continues with OXYP with more holidays seasons to come.
“Moments like that are why I do what I do,” she says. “It’s not easy asking for help or donations from community businesses but when you know you’re making a difference in a life, a kid’s life, that’s all what matters in the end.”