Echo Foundation Launches Young Affiliates Chapter

The Echo Foundation announces the launch of echoING, the new young affiliates chapter of The Echo Foundation. Serving young professionals ages 25-35, the mission of echoING is to provide unique social, volunteer, and intellectual opportunities for members while working to build a stronger, more tolerant community in the greater Charlotte region.

Members will support the work of The Echo Foundation by raising awareness and funds for all aspects of the Footsteps Global Initiative, a travel and leadership program for high school students. Unique networking events and service opportunities will also provide young professionals the opportunity to network with other globally-minded individuals while furthering Echo’s commitment to education and social justice.

Kelsey Halford, founding President of echoING and Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Diamonds Direct, said, “We wanted to harness the tremendous energy of young adults for the benefit of humanity. With echoING, we are creating a channel for socially-conscious young professionals to connect and to build a lifelong commitment to philanthropy.”

The inaugural echoING event, “Uncle Sam Jam,” will take place Sat., March 10, at 8 p.m. at Chop Shop Noda, 399 E. 35th St., and feature performances by Dead Confederate, The Houstons, T. Hardy Morris and the Outfit, and DJ Brad Pressley (free for members, nonmembers $10 entrance fee .) For more information visit the “Uncle Sam Jam” event page on Facebook.
echoING memberships ($75 for individuals, $125 for couples and $60 for teachers) are available online or by calling 704.347.3844.

About The Echo Foundation

The Echo Foundation was founded in 1997 to carry on the message Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel brought to Charlotte that year— a call to action for human dignity, justice and moral courage. The mission of The Echo Foundation is to “promote justice and inspire hope through education, creative acts of service and the development of leadership for a more humane world.” This mission is realized through five core initiatives: Voices Against Indifference, Footsteps Global Initiative, Books Beyond Borders, Forum for Hope and Living Together in the 21st Century. For more information about The Echo Foundation, visit