Greater Valley YMCA Celebrates Community at 2019 Annual Meeting
October 4, 2019 at 9:44 AM
The Y honored Volunteers of the Year, Outstanding Community Partners, A Platinum Partner, and A Legislative Champion
[Lehigh Valley, October 4, 2019]—On October 3rd, the Greater Valley YMCA hosted the 2019 Annual Meeting at Blue Grillhouse. The purpose of the event was to share the Y’s progress, community impact, and future initiatives with the Lehigh Valley community.
At the event, the Y recognized local community partners with the “Community Partner of the Year” award, and honored dedicated individuals with the Greater Valley YMCA “Volunteer of the Year” award. A Platinum Partner and Legislative Champion were also recognized. The Y also honored outgoing (Jim Hunter, Linda Crook, and Graham Simmons) and incoming board members (Tony Phillips, Darren Cobb, and John Brown).
The Greater Valley YMCA consists of 6 branches: Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton/Phillipsburg, Nazareth, Slate Belt, and Suburban North. Throughout the evening, each branch honored Volunteer of the Year and an Outstanding Community Partner. Those honored from each branch are:
- Allentown: First Presbyterian Church of Allentown (Community) and Jeremy Binder (Volunteer)
- Bethlehem: Northampton County Bar Association Foundation (Community) and Donald Wellner (Volunteer)
- Easton: Dr. Lauren Pacifico of Pacifico Dental (Community) and Melissa Friedman (Volunteer)
- Nazareth: C. F. Martin & Company, The Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation (Community) and Jack Messer (Volunteer)
- Slate Belt: First United Methodist Church (Community) and Lana Black (Volunteer)
- Suburban North: Catasauqua Area School District (Community) and Evelyn Broad (Volunteer)
The Greater Valley YMCA presented an association-wide award, The Platinum Partner, to The Century Fund. Chief Development Officer, Kate Cohen, shared, “The Century Fund has been a true partner to the Y for many years, serving as an engaged, caring and benevolent champion supporting Allentown families in need.” The Century Fund invested a large gift in support of the Y’s Child Care Wing Renovation Project in Allentown, as well as an outdoor playground that is soon to be constructed. The Fund’s partnership gives more children the chance to learn, grow, and thrive at the Y.
For the final award of the evening, The Greater Valley YMCA presented the first-ever Legislative Champion Award. The recipient of this first-time award was Pennsylvania State Representative serving the 138th District, Marcia Hahn. Jim Hunter, GVYMCA Corporate Board Member shared, “Marcia has been the champion in the funding of the expansion of the Slate Belt Branch of the Greater Valley YMCA. It’s because of her advocacy of the Y that the Slate Belt region will have a new pool, gymnasium, and childcare wing at this time next year.” Marcia Hahn was honored for her continued support of the Slate Belt expansion project.
After the award portion of the evening, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Greater Valley YMCA, David Fagerstrom, addressed the audience with his “State of the Y” update. Fagerstrom spoke on the Y’s Social Responsibly initiatives, like the summer meals program, which provided over 14,000 meals to low-income children. He also spoke about the impact of the Allentown Warming Station, which the Y will run again this year starting November 1. Fagerstrom closed out the evening by saying, “At the Y, we are balancing Mission and Money. We are serving the community better. And we have rapidly moved from the independent YMCAs that were concerned with survival to one larger, coordinated YMCA Association that is achieving strategic objectives. To all of our community partners and volunteers, thank you for believing in the YMCA Mission and for doing your part to help us advance this past year.”
To learn more about the Y’s Initiatives, join, volunteer, or donate, call 610-438-6065or visit gv-ymca.org.
About the Greater Valley YMCA
The Greater Valley YMCA is a nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Lehigh Valley, Ys engage individuals – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Greater Valley YMCA serves the Lehigh Valley through branches in Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton/Forks, Nazareth, and Pen Argyl. To learn more, support, or join the Y, visit gv-ymca.org.
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