CANTON, OH (February 22, 2013) – ystark!, Stark County’s young professional initiative and a department of the Canton Regional Chamber of Commerce, has launched the 2013 Fund Drive, and will be calling for support from members and the local community through Apr. 19. This year’s Fund Drive theme is “Taking Stock in Stark,” and the organization is seeking pledges of $25 or more. Pledges received through the Fund Drive bolster the various young professional events, activities, and initiatives that ystark! will work to achieve in 2013, including service projects, professional development opportunities, business and educational outreach, and the annual Twenty under 40! event, among others. ystark! depends upon its members, sponsors and the community at large to fulfill its mission of attracting, retaining and engaging young professionals in order to stem the “brain drain” phenomena in the region Over the past five years, ystark! has engaged 1,600 members, as well as local businesses and more seasoned community leaders, in an effort to cultivate a talented young workforce and to enhance Canton/Stark County’s image. Donations to the Fund Drive can be submitted online at, or through a printable pledge card. Giving levels range from $25 to $500. Corporate or individual donations are welcome, and all donors will be recognized online for their pledge. For more information, contact Eric Smer, director, at (330) 458-2302 or