US Mag: Tell us a little bit about yourself. Your background, education, passion etc. ??
My name is Grayson Mask and I’m an August 2018 graduate from the University of North Texas. I work as a sales portfolio analyst at Republic National Distributing Company but also work with lots of organizations in the Dallas area. This includes the North Texas Food Bank, Global Shapers, and Lions Club. I love working with nonprofits and young professional groups to build my network, meet new people, and help major causes.
US Mag: Can you please let us know about your role in Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation ?
I’m a board member on the Young Professional Group in the Dallas chapter. The board organizes fundraising events, volunteer dates, and social happy hours to build awareness for the national organization. My main efforts have to increase attendance at happy hour events and bring raffle items to certain events. The board is led by Monica Johnson who reached out to me about joining.
US Mag: What has been one of the most exciting achievements of your career so far as a board member of Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation?
Setting up the previous happy hour event in February 2020 in Dallas, Texas. We had a fun young professional event at Harlowe MXM, a trendy new bar. It was last minute notice but I was able to get 60+ young professionals to attend, organized a photography team to take photos, and set up a wine bottle raffle. I enjoy setting up events for the group and will continue to do so. We received podcast invites, nonprofit collaboration requests, and business inquires because of that event.
US Mag: Great, What’s the next plans for “Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation”?
The next plans for The Foundation as a whole are to continue to raise funds for key research to eventually find a cure. As the Young Professional Board for North Texas, we will do our part to help raise these funds by continuing to grow our annual Trivia Night. Our focus right now is finding a new venue and sponsors for our 3rd Annual Trivia Night which will be held mid-September!
US Mag: Okay, Do you have anything specific that you would like to say to your readers?
I’d like to say if you have any interest at all in learning more about our organization or just want to get involved with a fun group of people and do good for the community, please don’t’ hesitate to reach out and we can get you connected in the area that would best suit your passion and skills!
US Mag: Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation is a Young Professional Group in Dallas, Texas Chapter, how many members in the board?
Currently, we have 10 members, but we are looking to grow that number this year so if you’re at all interested please reach out.
US Mag: Please tell our readers about the reason behind the creation of this Foundation?
We are a non-profit, volunteer-fueled organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. Since our founding in 1967, the Foundation has played a role in every major breakthrough in IBD research. We have invested more than $350 million into finding the causes, treatments, and cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. And we won’t stop until we realize our vision of a future free from Crohn’s and colitis.
US Mag: What’s your goal for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation you want to achieve next?
The last couple of years we had an annual trivia night to raise money and awareness for the Dallas chapter. I would love to see a larger venue with a higher attendance and higher-valued raffle items in collaboration with local businesses. I would want the venue to have a signature Crohn’s cocktail and other things that visitors could remember.
US Mag: What motivates you to do your best work?
When I see positive reactions to our volunteer events and happy hour sites that people are excited for. Seeing that excitement makes me passionate to work harder and push the national cause.