Murfreesboro Young Professionals recently held a Candle Wishes birthday party to celebrate its second year of existence.
Robert Warden prepares pizzas for guests Sept. 29, 2012, during the Candle Wishes birthday party at Belle Air Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (Photos submitted)
“Candle Wishes is a local nonprofit that has been fulfilling the birthday wishes and providing essential needs to underprivileged children in Rutherford County since 2003 with 700 children participating in 2012,” said Jenny Williams, founder of Candle Wishes. “We are so excited to have partnered with MYP again this year to make a difference in the lives of these kids.”
The party at Belle Air Baptist Church in Murfreesboro provided gifts for 52 children, games, activities and a free lunch.
“Part of MYP’s mission is to get involved and to give back to the community. It was very heartwarming and overwhelming watching the children's reactions to the gifts received,” said Robert Warden, director of MYP Community Outreach.
MYP representatives said its members believe that giving back to the community is critical in the development of any professional. Over the course of its two-year existence, MYP has participated with Special Kids, Habitat for Humanity, Candle Wishes and the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties.
In the past two years, the organization has grown and expanded its reach in the Murfreesboro area. MYP offers many philanthropic, professional development and networking opportunities for young professionals.
To finish out its second year, MYP will hold its first Leadership Summit on Friday, Nov. 9, at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Murfreesboro.
For more information regarding the Leadership Summit, go to www.murfreesboroyoungprofessionals.org.