By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008
Lynn Wilson, president of the Rogers County Young Professionals, encourages area businesses and individuals to participate in the Amazing Race for Charity, benefiting the Special Olympics of Rogers County.
The Rogers County Young Professionals (RCYPO) was established a year ago with a purpose to help attract and retain young professionals by providing them a social network, helping them develop their professional skills, integrating them into local communities and showing them numerous ways to give back to the community.
RCYPO is a great platform for providing members an immediate opportunity to get involved, have influence, and make a difference in their community and in the lives of others. Members are shown pathways for professional growth, establishing business networks, making new friends, sharing their insights, and making our community a better place. RCYPO provides the resources and support to help make it all happen.
The Amazing Race, scheduled for Saturday, November 1, 2008, is one opportunity that the young professionals and the area’s businesses and residents will have to give back to the communities of Rogers County.
Patterned after the popular TV show, the Amazing Race for Charity is RCYPO’s signature event. Teams of four will race through Rogers County in their vehicles, scrambling to solve clues to stay on route to the finish line while completing tasks along the way, including a scavenger hunt. The number of teams participating in the Amazing Race for Charity will be limited to 40, and a team entry fee is $100.
The daylong event will be a fun challenge to participants, as it provides a great time for families, team building for company teams, or simply a break from studying for area students.
Special Olympics of Rogers County will benefit from the proceeds of the fun-packed, brain-teasing event. All funds raised through the Amazing Race will stay right here in Rogers County. The Special Olympics organization currently serves 2.5 million people with intellectual challenges in more than 200 programs in over 180 countries. Intellectually-challenged participants develop physical fitness, motor skills, greater self-confidence and a positive self-image by participating in various events of the competition. Every participant is a winner.
There are three levels of sponsorship for businesses or organizations. Please visit the RCYPO website at www.rcypo.org to get additional sponsorship information or a sponsor registration form. There is still plenty of time to become involved in this worthwhile event as a sponsor, donor or team participant. You may also visit the Oklahoma Special Olympics website at www.sook.org for more information about the non-profit organization.
Lynn Wilson is president of the Rogers County Young Professionals Organization and was instrumental in its establishment. She is a professional staff member of the RSU Innovation Center. The RSU Innovation Center is a strong supporter of RCYPO, and the City of Claremore is one of the organization’s sponsors. Other sponsors include Red Cow Creations and Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs. If you would like information about becoming a cash donor or sponsor of the Rogers County Young Professionals Organization or its Amazing Race for Charity event, please call Lynn Wilson at the organization’s office. Join RCYPO in racing to benefit the Special Olympics of Rogers County.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.