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The Young Leadership Committee is a group of young professionals dedicated to raising funds and awareness for JDRF. The committee hosts various fundraising, networking, and social events that attract hundreds of young professionals between the ages of 21 and 40—with and without type 1 diabetes. Recognizing the value of young professionals, the YLC supports JDRF though events that are dynamic, energetic, and fun.

Members of the Young Leadership Committee are asked to attend meetings where they are given the opportunity to take part in the inception, planning, and success of several social functions throughout the year. Another piece to being on YLC is to increase the visibility of JDRF and the awareness of T1D by promoting us within your network and circle.

For more information about getting involved with the YLC in the Southwest Ohio Chapter please contact Ryan Klekar, YLC Committee Chair. Please also check back for news on events that are in the works!


The JDRF Cincinnatian of the Year Gala After Party

Presented by the Young Leadership Committee
Saturday, May 10, 2014
10:00 pm - 1:00 am
Duke Energy Convention Center, Third Floor
Open Bar | Valet Included | Live Music by Swampthang | DJ
Late nite bites, signature cocktails, Gigi Cupcakes, photobooth and more!
Advance tickets $45 or $50 at the door.
To purchase tickets for the after party click here.

2013 YLC Benefit Concert at The Redmoor

Where:  The Redmoor, 3187 Linwood Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45208 (513) 871-6789
When:  Friday, November 1 at 7:00 PM-11:30 PM

Tickets can be purchased at http://jdrfevents.donordrive.com/event/redmoor2013/

Cost:  $50
Live music from Sam-I-Was
3 drink tickets for Miller-Coors products, Heidelberg wine and well liquor
Heavy appetizers
Exclusive raffles
Free Valet provided by Enthusiast Auto

Cost:  $40
No drink tickets

Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors

Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor
Miracles for Life

YLC Bronze Sponsor
Backus Insurance Agency
Northgate Auto Sales

Valet Sponsor
Enthusiast Auto Group

Beer Sponsor
Miller Lite

Wine Sponsor
Heidelberg Distributing Company

Grand Raffle Prize Sponsor
KBH Law Firm
Ultimate Air Shuttle

JDRF Benefit Concert Bronze Sponsor
Armstrong & Company, Inc.
Barnes Denning
Connors & Co.

Grand Raffle Prize
Round trip airfare for 2 on Ultimate Air Shuttle from Cincinnati to NYC and up to a 4 night stay in Manhattan. Only 100 tickets being sold!
If you cannot make it to our event and would like to purchase raffle tickets, please contact JDRF office at 513-793-3223

7:00-9:00 PM VIP section for Adult Type One Mentors and those interested in becoming a mentor. Please reach out to Becky Gaible for more information.

Official After Party at The Stand with drink specials!

Joining the YLC

You do not have to have T1D to join the YLC. In fact, our membership is roughly balanced between those with T1D and those without. While everyone has their own reason to support JDRF, the majority of members are there to support themselves, siblings, relatives, friends or someone who just wants to support a great cause.

YLC Chairs

Ryan is the proud father of Sam (age 6), a Type 1 Diabetic. Sam was diagnosed at 4 1/2 and is an inspiration to his family as to how well he has adjusted to his new lifestyle. Ryan and his wife, Sara, immediately got involved with JDRF after Sam’s diagnosis and Ryan now leads the Young Leadership Committee. He and Sara have 2 other children, Caroline (age 3) and Jack (age 2). On a professional basis, Ryan is a financial advisor and enjoys helping others achieve their goals and dreams. In his free time, you will find Ryan with family and friends, or possibly on the golf course

Ellen Keller is an attorney practicing in the areas of Estate Planning, Probate, and Business Transactions. She received her B.A. from Miami University in 1999 and received her Juris Doctor from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 2003. She is a member of the Ohio Bar Association, a member of the 2012 Class of Fellows for the Ohio State Bar Foundation, on the board of the JDRF (Southwest Ohio) currently serving as Secretary, Co-Chair of the Young Leadership Committee for the JDRF, past-president of the Greater Cincinnati Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure (served for six years on the Board), and past Chair of the Young Lawyer Section of the Ohio State Bar Association. Ellen was married last year in Hyde Park.  She lives in Cincinnati with her husband, Eric, and wire-haired fox terrier, Bentley.