HARRISBURG, Pa. (11/21/2022) – This year saw the return of Harrisburg Young Professionals’ (HYP) iconic event: Home Tour. Split into a two part mini-series, attendees were able to explore Italian Lake on June 26th and Shipoke on September 17th. On both dates, guests were able to experience the very best of city living and the wonderful historical elements of each neighborhood!
The community at Italian Lake features a manmade lake that was part of Harrisburg’s City Beautiful Moment in 1901. Since 2012, HYP has hosted its Italian Lake Summer Concert Series featuring artists in the park, providing a space for friends and family to enjoy summer nights of local sounds.
Shipoke, Harrisburg’s small but mighty neighborhood, showcases beautiful victorian style homes as well as carpenter gothic – the infamous “Pancake Row ” along Conoy street are houses built by Jacob Pancake. Fifty years after Hurricane Agnes, this neighborhood continues to thrive with their own Flea, Wine Wednesdays, access to Riverfront Park, picnics, neighborhood cleanups, and a positive community feeling that highlight’s Shipoke’s overall charm.
President Jade Honey states, “Home Tour is a foundational event supporting our mission at HYP. Not only do we showcase the very best of living in the city, but we also provide assistance to first time homebuyers with the proceeds of this event.” City Living Co-Chair Alyssa Massaro states, “Home Tour is a wonderful opportunity for members of our community to explore their own backyards! Each home contained its own charm, character and history that proves how beautiful and unique our city really is. It is an honor to help facilitate this iconic event and be a part of HYP!”
Sponsored by Members 1st Federal Credit Union, Home Tour raises funds to support our Home in the City Program. This grant program was created as a joint venture between HYP, Harrisburg 2020, and the Harrisburg Chamber & CREDC. Proceeds from the event, as well as donations from local business leaders, provides $1,000 grants to first time home buyers in the city of Harrisburg. To date, we have granted $80,000 to HYP Members throughout the City of Harrisburg.
This year HYP was able to award 6 grants to support HYP members in Shipoke, Midtown, and Italian Lake neighborhoods. HYP hopes to continue this neighborhood showcase in order to highlight the “Live” part of our mission – proving that Harrisburg is a great place to live whether you’re early in your professional career or ready to start a family.
What else does HYP have in the works? You can find more information on our calendar www.hyp.org/events!