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Spring is in full swing! As the weather improved this month, we've had so much fun networking, playing in sports leagues, and creating new connections with all of our members. 

Over the past month, we volunteered at Highland Youth Garden (photos), improved our golf skills at Golf Depot (photos), felt the need for Speed Networking at Costco (photos and video), enjoyed food and drink from City BBQ (photos), Dick's Last Resort (photos), Salt & Pine (photos), and Copious (photos), and got to learn the ins-and-outs of breakfast blogging from Nick "Dr. Breakfast" Dekker (photos) during Coffee Talk Networking.

Join us this week for the Coffee Trail Re-Launch Evening Exchange (5/25) and don't miss the Ohio YP Weekend & Leadership Summit (5/27-5/28)!

Oh, and take a look at this week's member email to discover FIFTEEN EVENTS we have in store for the month of June. I hope to see you out and about in Columbus.

Thanks for your support through membership,
Derek Grosso, President, CEO and Founder


Get more connected! Upgrade to premium membership before the end of May and you'll get a $25 gift certificate to Nurtur the Salon and a free dessert from Cooper's Hawk Winery.



Our Summer Social Series is Back!

June will mark the kickoff of our Summer Social Series, a collection of after-work social events that are hosted EVERY WEEK from June through August! Join us for food & drink at unique local venues while mixing with other CYP Club members. Follow the link below or keep reading to see our June events:

Summer Social Series schedule





Upcoming Events:
In June we've got another round-up of great events for our members. Join us at


Beer Tasting: Summer Seasonals

Join us for an educational, fun, and seasonal beer tasting event at the Winking Lizard Tavern! You'll sample and learn about unique craft brews, munch on pizza, and meet other CYP members. 

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CYP Night (and Dime-a-Dog Night) with the Columbus Clippers

Grab some 10-cent hot dogs and sit back for a ballgame with other CYP members as we head to Huntington Park for a home Clippers game! 

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Watershed Tasting & Distillery Tour 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at Watershed Distillery with this guided tour and tasting. You'll chat with the owners, learn about the distilling process, sample their spirits, and take home a t-shirt. There will be two different tours at 6pm and 8pm. 

Register for 6pmRegister for 8pm

Summer Social at Rockmill Brewery

For the first event in our Summer Social Series, we will be hitting Happy Hour at Rockmill Brewery in Lancaster. Come sip some craft brews and mingle with fellow members. All Summer Socials are free to attend and all are welcome.

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Coffee Talk Networking: Discovering Your Strengths

Enjoy coffee and breakfast while listening to guest speakers and networking with other YPs! This month, we will be hosting Holly McFarland, Director of the Center of Career Development at Franklin University.

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Summer Social at KDB Easton

Our weekly Summer Social Series continues as we visit KDB (Kitchen, Den, and Bar) Easton, which features a massive arcade and two bars broadcasting your favorite sporting events. Free to attend!

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CYP Night (and Corporate Cup) with the Columbus Crew SC

Join us at MAPFRE Stadium to cheer on the CYP Soccer league as we compete against teams from across the city! Afterwards we'll cheer on the Crew, as they take on the New York Red Bulls.

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How to Buy a Diamond

Meet with expert gemologists as we head to the Diamond Cellar at Easton to learn all about diamonds and what to look for when buying one. Food, beer, and wine are included!

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Summer Social at Arepazo

The Summer Social Series heads downtown to the Brewery District as we visit Arepazo Tapas Bar Grill for some cocktails on the patio. The event will also feature free appetizers and great drink specials.

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Summer Social at Harrison's on Kenny

Another Summer Social we will host this month will take place at Harrison's on Kenny. Join us for Happy Hour and take advantage of appetizer and drink specials while mingling with other CYP members.

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Meet-and-Greet Member Dinner at Barry's Grill & Pub

Each month, we hold a series of dinners at a variety of local restaurants. Join us as we check out Barry's Grill & Pub in Gahanna.

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Meet-and-Greet Member Dinner at Arch City Tavern 

Mingle with other members and grab some gourmet food with us in the heart of the Short North Arts District.

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The Grandview Hop

The Grandview Hop returns this summer with pop-up shopping, live entertainment, and local beer. Stroll the shops and vendor booths, eat local and enjoy activities for all ages.

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614 Photo Scavenger Hunt

Teams of 4 people will have 2 hours to explore the city and capture as many photos as they can. It's all for charity!

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Volunteer at Digfest

Participants can help sell tickets, pour beer, clean up, or set up and tear down the event, and will receive beverage tickets, a t-shirt, and souvenir tumbler.

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This Month's Event Photo Albums
Follow the links below to check out photos we've taken at some of this month's events! 




Coffee Talk Networking: Breakfast Blogging with Nick "Dr. Breakfast" Dekker





Member Dinner at City BBQ





Golf Skills Workshop at Golf Depot





Volunteer at Highland Youth Garden





Speed Networking at Costco





Premium Member Happy Hour at Dick's Last Resort





Impact Social at Salt & Pine










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Do you have what it takes to be a Costume Couture designer? Past designers have included students of regional fashion schools, veteran theatrical costume designers, creative professionals, and highly established design professionals.

The Costume Couture Fashion Show is a key component of HighBall Halloween, where designers create a series of looks (three ready-to-wear and one couture) and present them from the main stage for a panel of judges and an audience of over 25,000.

Applications are due June 3, 2016. Visit our website for details on how to show your looks on the HighBall Halloween runway.




Your help makes the most fabulous weekend of the year possible, and we can’t do it without you. Thank you to those who are helping us make HighBall Halloween happen.

Interested in sponsoring the most elaborate costume party of the year? Send us an email.






Midwest Haunters Convention (MHC) is dedicated to everyone who loves Halloween. MHC features a trade show with over 200 booths, haunted house tours, a zombie walk, a body art fashion show and a huge masquerade party on June 10-12, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center and Hyatt Regency.



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We are pleased to announce both the fashion and music lineup for year three of Fashion Meets Music Festival being held September 3rd & 4th, 2016. FMMF will be returning to the Arena District in downtown Columbus, OH.


Early Bird general admission two-day tickets will be offered for a limited time at $69.99 and VIP for $149.99 starting today and extending through June 7th. Upon this date, we will be introducing a tiered ticketing plan. So make sure you pick up your tickets NOW as this is the cheapest they will be until the festival!


Along with the early bird ticket sales, thanks to our partners we will be running a special 14 days worth of giveaways! Anyone who purchases a ticket during the early bird pricing will be automatically entered to win prizes such as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tickets, 1 year subscription to Substream Magazine, and many more -- don’t miss out on this opportunity!

To stay up to date on everything FMMF, follow us on our socials and make sure to visit our website


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Lights, Camera, Action


As you start making summer plans, mark your calendar for the CAPA Summer Movie Series. Wowza, the line-up is incredible this summer with everything from a silent film to cartoon capers to cult favorites to beloved classics. CAPA planned something for everyone, and we've got strips of 10 tickets to give away compliments of CAPA. Click here to learn more.



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Blue Plate Special 



J. Gumbo's

31 East Gay Street


Please bring a copy of this email to redeem this week's special: enjoy $2 off with the purchase of a regular price Big Bowl entree and a fountain drink. 



   Downtown Digs IconBuilding Blocks


Local developer, Arshot Investment Corporation, has announced plans for a new 25-story, 400,000 square foot building in the RiverSouth district, at the intersection of Front Street and Rich Street. The mixed-use building, which has been dubbed "Millennial Tower," will house office space, retail, apartments and condominiums. Read more about the building here. 





The Not So Late Show with Johnny DiLoretto

Location: Shadowbox Live

Hours: May 26, 7:30 p.m.
Admission: $5


Phil Dirt and the Dozers

Location: Columbus Commons
Hours: May 27, 7 - 10:30 p.m.

Admission: Free


For a complete listing of events, please visit the 

Arts & Entertainment listing on our website. 




Take Yourself Out to the Ball Game


The Reds are roughly 15 games out of first place, while the Indians are just out of first and battling hard. But fans of both teams will enjoy today's (May 24) showdown between the Ohio Village Muffins and the Capitol Cannons at the Ohio Statehouse. This exhibition game of vintage "base ball" harkens back to the 1800s, when the game was new and still spelled with two words. The teams play by the rules of the era, dress in their uniforms and demonstrate their gentlemanly behavior.


The Muffins take on the Capitol Cannons at 5:30 p.m. on the west lawn. Read more here.












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