Emerge celebrates 2011 successes

ALBANY, Ga. — Members of Emerge Albany, a growing area under-40 business and civic-minded group, celebrated their 2011 social and philanthropic successes Friday during the group’s monthly luncheon.

Emerge’s 2011 initiatives included “Emerge Albany Gives Back,” a yearlong community service project that assisted agencies around the community by providing more than 226 total hours of community service.

“2001 was a successful year for Emerge Albany. From community service projects to networking opportunities, young professionals in Albany didn’t miss a chance to gather for a common goal: to see this community succeed,” Caitlyn Cooper, who turned over leadership of the organization to Angela Rivera last month, said. “I’m proud to say that we accomplished more than we ever dreamed we would, and I’m proud to be part of this group as it moves forward.”

There were 973 attendees at Emerge events in 2011. Together with The Albany Herald, Emerge hosted 120 guests at Southwest Georgia’s “40 under 40” event. The group also hosted a mayoral forum for the public at the Municipal Auditorium.

The group currently is making Central Monitoring’s One Warm Coat Drive its winter service project.

Rivera said the group plans to build off its 2011 successes to continue working toward its goal of advancing the community.

“Young professionals are key to the vibrancy and success of Albany and the region; we are the new generation of leaders,” Rivera said. “Emerge plays a critical role in professional development, networking and in helping build community leaders by engaging members through community involvement.”