June 20, 2012

At the YMCA of Central Florida, we depend on our volunteers and donors to move our cause forward daily. On June 14, we brought over 300 volunteers, donors, and members together at our Tangelo Park YMCA to honor the men and women who have made possible for us to impact the lives of many throughout Central Florida.

Our Annual Gathering is held every year and we present three awards to volunteers who pledged countless hours to advancing our Y cause.

The John Sterchi Award was given to Chas Bailes for generous lifetime support of the YMCA of Central Florida.  The Ronnie Walker Unsung Hero Award was presented to Paul Jagoe who demonstrates positive character values that are the cornerstone of this organization – caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith. The Dr. P. Phillips Champion of Youth Award was given to Leonard Williams, Sr. for helping enrich the lives of children and youth in Central Florida.

During our meeting we introduced our new board members: Dr. Ron Piccolo, Allison Turnbull, Dr. Tony Waldrop, Dr. Deb German and Donna Dozier Gordon. Our new officers for 2012-2013 are: Chairman Helena Ryan, Secretary Ralph Martinez, Treasurer Mike Manuel, Past Chair Sandy Hostetter, Trustee Clarence Otis, Jr., Trustee Barbara Roper and Trustee Tom Warlick. You can view our entire board on our Leadership Team page.

This year’s Annual Gathering location, our Tangelo Park Y, is one of our eleven Outreach Ys that has created meaningful change in the lives of kids through the Y Golf and Learning Center program. With the help of Orange County, we are able to make use of the golf hitting cage, putting green and sand bunker. Our donors and volunteers spend time teaching kids how to learn the sport, but also provide homework help and teach values like honesty and respect.  The program also allows people to come together through community events that keep kids of the street.

We showcased the Tangelo Park Y programs and facility to key volunteers and donors at our Annual Gathering. We hope to get more people involved, so that together we can expand the Y Golf & Learning Center program to our other outreach Ys, including Wayne Densch YMCA, South Orlando YMCA and Osceola County YMCA.

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