Meredith Balenske, YAC Shining Star

Meredith-Balenske-yacMeredith Balenske has a busy career as Director of Communications for Revolution, a local venture capital firm founded by AOL cofounder Steve Case, but she still makes time for philanthropic endeavors, especially supporting The Children’s Inn. “It is important to me to be involved with an organization where I can see my impact,” she says. “I’m inspired by the amazing amount of support The Inn provides to families who are enduring stressful, painful, and scary situations.”

As one of the founding members of The Inn’s Young Ambassadors Council (YAC), Meredith is also the founder and chair of A WINNter Affair, an annual fundraising event for young professionals in the DC area, that has raised over $100,000 for The Inn since its inception in 2012. “When we started A WINNter Affair, I was given the flexibility to build it from scratch,” says Meredith, whose role includes finding a venue, caterer, and entertainment, managing a communication and ticket sales strategy, and helping secure corporate sponsors. “It’s rewarding and exciting to see hundreds of people enjoying the party, dancing, and raising money for The Inn year after year.”

Originally from Annapolis, Maryland, Meredith currently resides in Georgetown in Washington, DC, where she enjoys running, cooking, and playing with her French Bulldog, Dooley. As an active member of the YAC, she works on A WINNter Affair year-round. “The best thing about being three years into the event is working with the partners and sponsors,” she says. “Every year we grow together and learn how to make the event better.”