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Young Black Professional Network Hosts Bowling Night

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - Friday you can hit the bowling lanes while helping out the community. A Charlottesville group is inviting people to come have a ball, while bringing in cash for an upcoming charity event.

The Young Black Professional Network, YBPN, is a new Charlottesville group aiming to build connections and give back in the African-American community.

YBPN is hosting the bowling fundraiser. Organizers say it's a chance for people to mix and mingle, learn more about the YBPN, and meet its board and members. “We are not limited to young black professionals,” says YBPN president Wes Bellamy. “It's open to anyone who is open and wants to help the movement.”

The money raised from the event will go toward an upcoming conference called the "Umoja Self Love" Education Symposium.

The conference will provide mentoring and confidence building for 6th through 12th graders in the Charlottesville area.

"The goal is to try to teach our young ones in the area what it means to love themselves in addition to how should men conduct themselves in front of women, how should women value the image they see in the mirror," says Bellamy. "We're really trying to raise money and at the same time bring the community together through bowling."

The event cost $20 per person which includes the shoe rentals and unlimited games.

YBPN hopes to raise $1,000 for the conference, which is scheduled for March 15. "Everyone come on out and lets have a good time and see if you can beat me on the lanes. I'm challenging the entire city," Bellamy says.

The bowling fundraiser is Friday night at Kegler Lanes from 6 to 8:30.

It is encouraged to email ybpncville@gmail.com if you are planning to attend the bowling event. Last second reservations may be granted if space is available.

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