Children’s Medical Center of Dallas isn’t located in Lake Highlands, but a new organization for young professionals is attracting lots of LH grads as it fosters young leaders and supports Dallas’ not-for-profit children’s hospital.

Katie McKinley, who attended Merriman Park Elementary and graduated from LH’s Lutheran High School, serves as Board Chairman for “The One” Society, founded in 2010 to engage young people starting their careers to include philanthropy in their busy lives. In an age when community service is often required to complete high school and college, recent graduates bring years of experience and multiple finely-tuned skills to the world of fundraising and volunteerism. “The One” Society merges fun social events with hands-on service opportunities.

Meredith Wilson, Membership Chairman and LHHS 2002 grad, is hoping to welcome a sea of LH faces at the 3rd annual Membership Launch Party January 26th. The event will be held at Sfuzzi Uptown, 2533 McKinney Avenue, from 6-8:30pm, and she’s hoping her LH friends will bring along work buddies or college connections who may be hoping to “click in” to the Dallas scene in a more meaningful way.

“The One” Society has an annual membership contribution fee of $100 (discounted to $75 if you join in January and payable in full or monthly) and has raised more than $73,000 for Children’s with the help of more than 270 young professionals over its first two years. (They’ve added a new couple’s membership this year, $200 for 2 or $150 before Feb. 1). An extensive calendar of free events is open to members, including happy hours, hospital tours, volunteer & patient parties and educational events.

To join, you can show up to Sfuzzi or email Katie here or Meredith here. As the mom of a former patient at Children’s, I can tell you there’ll be lots of families who’ll be glad you did.