Young Leaders United Collect Toys for Youth

United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region’s Young Leaders collected toys for children from infant age to 12-years-old during its Holiday Happy Hour Dec. 6 at Cosimo’s Trattoria in Poughkeepsie.

More than 30 attendees at YLU’s 3rd annual event donated toys and cash to buy additional toys that will make the holidays brighter for 86 children attending the Community Development Center’s programs. The nonprofit provides day care to after school programs for children 6 weeks old to 12 years old in Dutchess County and focuses on serving all families.

YLU’s mission is to support the work of United Way and foster a spirit of community involvement among the next generation of area leaders.

For more information about Young Leaders United, contact Megan McKann, 845-471-1900 x. 3115 or go to


United Way of the Dutchess-Orange Region Young Leaders co-chairs Nick Shannon, executive director of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce’s Chamber Foundation, and Karinna Kelly, sales executive at Kallman Insurance Agency are pictured with some of the toys the group collected at Cosimo’s in Poughkeepsie on Dec. 6. The toys were donated by attendees at the group’s annual holiday gathering and will be delivered to the Community Development Center for 86 children who attend its day care to after school programs.