Catalyst Group donates nearly $7,000 to Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program

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UTICA — The Catalyst Group, the young professionals’ arm of the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, donated nearly $7,000 to the Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program.

The money was raised at the Catalyst Group’s 7th annual Jingle Jam, which was held at Bagg’s Square Brewing Company on Dec. 2. The Jingle Jam was a happy hour social event that featured music, basket raffles, drinks, and food specials, as well as the return of the dancing Santa contest, and an ugly sweater contest.

Between Jingle Jam and other individual donations, the Catalyst Group raised nearly $7,000. The Young Scholars Liberty Partnerships Program is a multi-year collaborative project, established in 1993 with Utica College and the Utica City School District, to motivate diverse and talented students with potential to stay in school, earn a state Regents Diploma with Advanced Designation, and attain a post-secondary education.

The $7,000 was the highest ever raised in a single year by the Catalyst Group. Since it started in 2015, the Jingle Jam has raised nearly $20,000 total for local teens.

The mission of the Catalyst Group is to provide the spark to engage young professionals with the Greater Utica Chamber of Commerce, offering members a place to grow personally and professionally through a variety of opportunities. Young professionals under age 40 who are employed by a Chamber Member are automatically members of Catalyst.

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