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Rye YMCA Celebrates Spirit Of Giving At Annual Dinner

Community service award winners Conor and Eaven O’Driscoll.
Community service award winners Conor and Eaven O’Driscoll. Photo Credit: Contributed

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye YMCA had its annual dinner May 27 at the Apawamis Club, giving board members, staff and community residents the change to celebrate the Y's accomplishments the past year and recognize the commitment of its volunteers, according to a press release.

Outgoing board president Kevin Tice opened the program by thanking the board members whose terms are ending: Carrie Donahue, Kristina Dorfman, Liz Fitzgerald, Michael Ice, Sue Kelly, Rich Lawrence, Tim O’Neill and Chris Scala. He also acknowledged Bob Pearlman, who is retiring from the board of trustees after nine years of service.

Tice then welcomed the seven new board members: Julia Billingsley, Mike DeBartolo, Katherine Doyle, Annabel Monaghan, Margarita Sawnhey, Caroline Scully and Mike Tepedino.

Tice looked back at the Y’s 2014 centennial year, announcing that through a special campaign, the Y raised nearly $2 million to ensure the organization’s future.

The following awards were presented at the dinner:

  • The Woof Haneman Award, a $1,500 annual scholarship and award, was presented by executive director Gregg Howells to Lindsey Vita. Vita has been a member of the Rye Y’s teen leadership club, a CIT at camp and a camp counselor. She has also helped at the Access to Care Health Fair in Mamaroneck and at various wellness events at area elementary schools, all while maintaining the highest academic standing at Rye High School.
  • The Community Service Award is given to an individual who has made a positive impact on the community. This year’s award was presented by Rye Y trustee Dinah Howland to Eavan and Conor O’Driscoll. In 2004, Conor joined the Y’s board of directors and served a three-year term. During that time, he stepped up to co-chair the Rye Derby Committee, a role he has had for more than 10 years. Eavan has combined her passion for education, fundraising experience and academic credentials to make a powerful difference for a struggling school in the Hunt’s Point section of the Bronx.
  • The Rye Y’s highest honor for volunteer service, this year’s Gold Spirit Awards were presented by Rye Y trustee Tom Murphy to Barbara Raho, Richard Lawrence and Mark Doran.

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