(Geneva, NY) Eight individuals and one business have been chosen to be honored at the YMCA’s second annual Recognition Dinner on November 16, 2012 at the Belhurst Castle. Geneva Y members selected the honorees based on their contributions and commitment to the Y during the last year. Over one hundred ballots were cast in eight categories. The award winners are:
- Business of the Year: Lowes’ Home Improvement Waterloo, NY
- Ray of Light Award: Maria Stella, Front Staff
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Marcia Masyln, Water Aerobics
- Board Member of the Year: Ken Harris
- Staff Member of the Year: Terrell Williams, Lifeguard
- Senior Member of the Year: Eileen Fake and Dorothy Newcomb
- Coach of the Year: Richard Hirschmann
- Outstanding Fifth Grader: Jazmyne Mitchell
Geneva Y Executive Director Charlie Evangelista said, “Our members did a thorough job of recognizing the importance and significance of staff, board members, volunteers, and businesses that have made an impact this year. The winners represent the Y’s core values: youth development, health and wellness and social responsibility.”
The Geneva Y has over 3400 members and provides a depth of programs and services from pre-school to Silver Sneakers.
Lowe’s Home Improvement assisted in several capital projects including a teaching garden, locker room refurbishment and pool upgrades. The Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Marcia Masyln has been instructing water aerobics for over nineteen years and many members in her class commented that Marcia “has a warm, engaging personality and always provides great customer service.” Terrell Williams frequently is the lifeguard on duty when the Y opens at 5:30 AM and this year Terrell provided much needed help to a member in cardiac distress.
Maria Stella was chosen by members because she consistently demonstrates a positive attitude that “brightens everyone’s day” Ms. Stella works at the front desk and often comes to the Y to work after working eight hours at her full-time position.
Coach of the Year, Richard Hirschmann received praise from many of the parents of the children he coached. One parent said, “Rich goes out of his way to not only welcome my child to practice but encourages him to do his best at all times. If it wasn’t for Rich, I seriously doubt my child would even be playing this past Fall…”
Board Member of the Year, Ken Harris is currently the Board’s secretary and has a long history of volunteering at the Geneva Y. Evangelista said, “It’s great that we can count on Ken. He has been with the Y for so long and every time the Y has needed his help, whether it was a donation or volunteering his time, Ken has delivered.”
Jazmyne Mitchell, daughter of Jennifer and Steve Mitchell, was chosen by the teachers of the afterschool program. Minda Lambert, Geneva Y Child Care Director said, “Jazmyne is always pleasant and active. She truly is a role model for the other children in our program as she is polite, respectful and full of energy.”
Dorothy “Dot” Newcomb and Eileen Fake were chosen by their peers because of their volunteerism with the Silver Sneakers program. Both were noted for “welcoming new attendees and are considered role models for others in the program”
Tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Geneva Y’s Recognition Night are available at the Y. (789- 1616) Tickets prices include social hour, full course dinner, and casino style entertainment.