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CNY After Five

Syracuse social networking group targets the "over 30" professional crowd

Are you a thirty or forty-something professional looking to socialize with new people while enjoying the best of what the area has to offer? Then CNY After Five might be just what you're looking for.

CNY After Five is a social and networking group catering to single and married adults ages 30 and up. It's the brainchild of Dan Olivadoti, the former head of Syracuse Young Professionals (SYP), which ended a successful several year run in the Fall of 2005 after attaining a roster of over 300 members. The new organization has been quietly gathering steam over several months, but is now planning an official launch and kickoff party in early October.

Olivadoti, a 40-year old CNY native, explains how the new group came to be: "After we disbanded SYP, I continued to host informal events with a circle of friends that I had made through that organization. As time went on, the list of people kept growing, much to my surprise. And what I've found is that there are a lot of people like myself who are a little older but still looking to socialize in a group setting. With time, tastes change and many people feel they've sort of "graduated" from the happy-hour type of events. They're looking for something a little different-still fun, but with a bit more maturity. I felt it was time to take what I'd been doing with the get-togethers and make it a little more formalized."

The irony of such a venture is not lost on him. "There are professionals that are a little more established in their careers and want to socialize with like-minded people, but feel like they've outgrown the 'young professional' tag. There's somewhat of a feeling of disenfranchisement," he explained. "The ironic thing is it was those same feelings that caused groups like SYP and CNY Edge to open up for the twenty-something to early thirties crowd. Now we're going the other way, in a sense."

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