At 25, Cristina Mas is a young professional who’s already noted for community leadership. The group she founded and now serves as president, the Young Associates, has raised more than $55,000 in less than two years for the Coral Gables Museum.
The first fundraiser of 2013 is right around the corner — the second annual Gables Heart Crawl, featuring a love theme and starting at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Tarpon Bend, 65 Miracle Mile. From there participants will progress to The Local, Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, JohnMartin’s and The Bar. “If your New Year’s Resolution was to find someone special, this is the event for you,” she says.
Despite her relatively short tenure in the fundraising arena, Ms. Mas’ leadership and impact have already been singled out.
For example, Ms. Mas was recognized at the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day Awards on Nov. 13. The Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Miami presented her the Joyce Galya AFP Scholarship Award and the AFP Ralph E. Chamberlain Scholarship Award for her work to engage young professionals in community philanthropy.
In addition to the Young Associates group, which focuses on networking and socializing while raising money and awareness for the museum, Ms. Mas also volunteers with Radio Lollipop at the Miami Children’s Hospital, the American Cancer Society and ShelterBox, a disaster relief organization.
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