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Rye YMCA Celebrates Community Spirit At Annual Dinner

Gold Spirit Award winners, Mark Miller, Terry Tolley and Gene Lynch are shown at the May 25 Rye YMCA Community Spirit awards annual dinner.
Gold Spirit Award winners, Mark Miller, Terry Tolley and Gene Lynch are shown at the May 25 Rye YMCA Community Spirit awards annual dinner. Photo Credit: Contributed

RYE, N.Y. -- More than 130 Rye YMCA supporters gathered at the Apawamis Club recently for the organization’s Annual Dinner and awards ceremony.

The event gave board members, staff and community residents the opportunity to celebrate the Y’s accomplishments and recognize the commitment of its volunteers.

Three staff members were also honored with awards for excellence.

Events included speeches and a group of children from the Y's after school program dance performance, directed by Dawn Halasz.

Board president Doug DeStaebler acknowledged the contributions of several outgoing board members, including Susan Leslie, Tavenner Rogers, Susan Gervais, William Miller, and John Tartaglia.

He introduced incoming board members Nicole Ball, Rachel Breinin, Rob Field, Lisa King, Lew Nash, and Vicki Whatley.

DeStaebler also praised the leadership of Gregg Howells, the Y’s Executive Director of nearly 20 years.

In his remarks, Executive Director Gregg Howells spoke about the power of community partnerships. From the early days of Activate America—a coalition formed in 2005 to address obesity, inactivity and chronic disease—to the Y's current work with partners, Healthier Port Chester, Healthier Mamaroneck and Rye-ACT.

Awards:

  • Staff Award: Spirit, Mind and Body: Tanya Stack, Regional Coordinator for the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program.
  • Staff Award: Excellence in Innovation Jhon-Harvey Taborda
  • Community Service Award: Sally Wright.
  • Gold Spirit Awards: Gene Lynch, Mark Miller and Terry Tolley

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