United Way of Lake County 2022 Campaign Chair Jen Yorko, General Manager, Lake County Captains
United Way of Lake County's 2022 Campaign Chair is Jen Yorko, General Manager of the Lake County Captains, a High-A affiliate of the Cleveland Guardians.
Yorko started her sports management career as a college student, working as an intern in the front office of the Lake County Captains. Upon graduation, Yorko earned a full-time role with the club working as Box Office Manager. Over the next decade she would work in many capacities of the front office and earned the position of Assistant General Manager where she oversaw all ticket operations, special events, merchandising and Captains Charities events related to the Lake County Captains organization.
In 2019, Yorko was promoted to General Manager and navigated the team through the canceled 2020 pandemic season, hosted the Cleveland Indians taxi squad, and hosted socially distanced community events including movie nights and fundraisers. In 2021, Yorko guided the front office staff and team through the new professional baseball strategy. Yorko leads all fundraising events for Captains Charities including the Annual Golf Classic, 5K, and game-worn jersey auctions.
While with the Lake County Captians, Yorko also volunteered her time and expertise to give back to the community and was involved in the development of the Miracle League of Lake County. She has also served as a United Way Lake County campaign cabinet member and a tri-chair of United Way of Lake County's Women United Winterfest & Holiday Food Tasting fundraiser.
Yorko spends much of her free time working to better serve our community. She is a member of her local elementary school’s PTA board, The Lake Health Foundation, the Lake Erie College Board of Directors, the Miracle League of Lake County, United Way of Lake County's Women United, MLB’s Youth Sports Committee. Much of her time has also been spent coaching. She's coached for the Concord Softball, Mentor Youth Soccer and CYO Volleyball.
According to Yorko, “United Way of Lake County is a force in our community. The good they do and have done over the past one hundred years is immeasurable. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to serve our community as the 2022 Campaign Chair. I have lived and worked in Lake County my entire life, and the strength and well-being of our community and the people here is important to me. So many are struggling to stay afloat in the inflationary environment we are in coupled with the setbacks brought on by the pandemic. I look forward to engaging the community’s support so that no one in need stands alone.”