Since its inception in June of 2004, a primary mission of the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac is to sponsor monthly events that allow its members opportunities to network in both social and professional settings. Members can then have an opportunity to invite guests and learn more about the mission and goals of YPF.


Attending YPF events is a great way to find out what YPF is all about. You will meet monthly with collegues and friends while continuing to expand and diversify your network. Come see what the excitement is all about!

YPWeek: A Grande Slice of Poco Pizza @ Grande
Apr 24 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join us to create your own little slice of Italy.

Grande Cheese is opening their doors and giving an exclusive opportunity to bake in their state of the art kitchen. Shawn Pollack, entrepreneur and owner of Poco Pizza, will guide you on a journey of the importance of fresh ingredients and “poco preparation”.

Shawn traveled across Italy and discovered how to help people reconnect with wholesome, delicious, flavorful foods. Shawn is also proudly a 100% Grande Cheese customer. In a blind tasting test when determining which cheese to select for his unique, one of a kind pizzas, Grande Cheese won hands down every blind taste test. This makes a lot of sense when you learn that Grande’s heritage began over a century ago in the small village of Montelepre, Italy and they have continued the tradition of making fine Italian cheeses ever since.

Come learn about combining fresh ingredients to achieve optimal flavors that complement each other, make your own “poco pizza” and enjoy refreshments while networking through Grande’s beautiful facilities.

Register Now!Doors open at 5:30 PM with welcome and introductions at 5:45 PM. Make your own pizza will begin at 6:00 PM and will carry on through 7:30 PM. Be sure not to miss the fireside chat with Guest Speaker, Shawn Pollack at 7:00 PM. Participants will get to make one Poco Pizza and beer, wine, and soda are included with the event. Ample opportunities for networking along with a self-guided tour route of Grande Cheese’s lower level.

Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended. Registration closes Friday, April 19.

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Grande Cheese Company (250 Camelot Drive, Fond du Lac)
Cost: $15 for YPF Members, $20 General Admission

YPWeek: Canvas and Cocktails at the Retlaw @ Hotel Retlaw
Apr 25 @ 4:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Laugh. Drink. Eat. Paint. Connect.

Explore a new way to unwind with friends and loved ones through a paint and sip night at the newly opened Retlaw Hotel! Connect over beverages and food while Abbey Ruyle, a Madison artist and Fond du Lac native, guides you through painting your own masterpiece.

Two session options are available. Please note what group you are registering for.

  • Group 1: 4:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Optional guided tour of Hotel Retlaw: 4:15-4:30p.m., Social: 4:30-5:00p.m., Paint: 5:00-7:00p.m.)
  • Group 2: 6:45 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. (Optional guided tour of Hotel Retlaw: 6:45-7:00p.m., Social: 7:00-7:30p.m., Paint: 7:30-9:30p.m.)

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This two-hour event includes all of the necessary painting supplies, light hors d’oeuvres, one free drink, and an optional guided tour of The Retlaw! Whether you’re an experienced painter or a newbie, expect to have a great time! Additional beverages can be purchased out of pocket at the cash bar that opens at 4pm.

Painting begins promptly at the start time listed. Please allow extra time to find parking, socialize and get settled. If you’re coming with a group, please make sure you arrive early to get seats together.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019
Time: Group 1: 4:15p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Group 2: 6:45 p.m. – 9:30p.m.
Location: Hotel Retlaw (1 North Main Street, Fond du Lac)
Cost: $30 for YPF Members, $40 General Admission

YPWeek: Friday Night FLAW – Fond du Lac Lady Arm Wrestlers @ ModTruss Inc.
Apr 26 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Ladies Arm Wrestling charity events are part of a growing movement to empower women through creative competition, community building, and philanthropic giving. Join us for a night of intense competition, playful theatrics, and an insane amount of fun! Ten female community leaders have been chosen to arm wrestle during the event. Come and join us for an evening of competition and camaraderie while supporting the Fond du Lac Area Women’s Fund. More information (including the female celebrity arm wrestlers) will be announced soon.

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Date: Friday, April 26, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. (6:00 p.m. – Registration & Social Hour with light appetizers and cash bar, 7:00 p.m. – Wrestling, 9:00 p.m. – event ends)

Location: ModTruss Inc. (33 Sheboygan Street, Fond du Lac)
Cost: $25 for YPF Members, $30 General Admission

YPWeek: Downtown Fitness Crawl @ Fond du Lac YMCA
Apr 27 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Take your fitness journey to the next level by participating in the Downtown Fitness Crawl! You’ll start with a fitness class at the YMCA. After the first class at the Y, you’ll embark on a route to different downtown parks, exploring each destination through engaging in a cutting edge fitness class at each location.

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Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (10:30 a.m. – Registration, 11:00 a.m. – Event Begins)
Location: Fond du Lac Family YMCA (90 W. 2nd Street, Fond du Lac)
Cost: Free for YPF Members

YPF Member Monday @ Schmitty's Bar & Grill
May 13 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Member Monday is a program hosted by the Young Professionals of Fond du Lac (YPF), held the second Monday of every month! It’s a chance to build more meaningful personal and professional relationships that can be difficult to forge during larger events. Think of it as your way of getting to know YPF without the fear of feeling out of place or not knowing anyone! Member Monday is sponsored by Fox Valley Savings Bank.

No cost to attend. Pre-registration is recommended but not required.

YPF Amazing Race @ Start at Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts
May 16 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

A mirror of the hit television show, this event will have you racing up and down Main Street, stopping at a variety of businesses to participate in challenges. Solve all the clues to find your way back to the finish line for prizes, snacks, drinks, and socializing! Don’t have a full team of four? No worries – sign up as a solo/duo/trio, and we’ll get you matched with other YPs! The Amazing Race is sponsored by Mercury Marine.

Early bird pricing ends May 1. The deadline to register and participate in this event is May 8.

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