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Akron Area YMCA holds 142nd Annual Dinner Celebration

7/4/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Karl Reuther (at middle) receives the 2012 Hunsicker Family Service to Youth Award from Doug Kohl, Akron Area YMCA president and CEO (at right) and 2011 award recipient Ken Haver (at left).
Photo courtesy of the Akron Area YMCA
DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Akron Area YMCA recently hosted its 142nd Annual Dinner celebration at the Greek Community Center. More than 200 attended the event, which recognized 21 outstanding youth and adult volunteers, 68 staff members for their years of service, and other special accomplishments, according to YMCA officials.

“Each year, we look forward to recognizing, honoring and thanking the many volunteers, staff and board members for their support,” said Akron Area YMCA President and CEO Doug Kohl. “These are the faces of the Y. Men, women and youth who share in our mission and give of themselves to provide their talents, gifts and support to members and those in the communities we serve.”

The event began with Akron Area YMCA Board of Trustees Chairwoman Laura Culp passing the gavel to Jeffrey Leonard, who will serve as the chairman for the next two years. Four area business leaders also were welcomed into the 24-member Akron Area YMCA Board of Trustees: Ryan Strobel, vice president, International Machining (first term); Krista Dobronos, senior vice president, Westfield Bank (first term); Ann Wargo, system director, Rehabilitation Services, Summa Health System (first term); and Thomas Presper, partner, The Millennial Group (first term).

During the event, the Akron Area YMCA presented retired CEO of Reuther Mold, Karl Reuther, with the 2012 Hunsicker Family Service to Youth Award. This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect, responsibility and faith, with an ultimate focus on service to children within the community.

According to YMCA officials, Reuther has been an avid fundraiser, volunteer, leader and supporter of the Y for many years, having served on the Board of Trustees for six years, three as chairman. He, along with his wife, Dr. Gayle Galan, have consistently been one of the top five fundraisers. They’ve made contributions to the Y capital campaigns, including the Riverfront and Green YMCA building expansions and the University Park YMCA chapel.

The 2012 Volunteers and Youths of the Year also were honored for their service to community. These men, women, teens and children not only volunteer their time, but also make a meaningful, lasting impact in their own special way, according to YMCA officials.

The 2012 award recipients are listed alongside the Y branch or location they serve. Volunteers of the Year are: Mike Wojno, Akron Rotary Camp; grandma Annie Beauford, child care; Pastor Rodney and Crystal Bowden, East Akron YMCA/Phoenix School; Scott Richardson, Firestone Park YMCA; Nancy Cortner, Green Family YMCA; Rhonda Wood, Lake Anna YMCA; Perry Murdock, Nordonia Hills YMCA; Terri Mullins, Riverfront YMCA; Fred Woods, University Park YMCA; Jim Hall, YMCA Camp Y-Noah; and James McIlvaine, Wadsworth YMCA.

Youth of the Year are: Lucas Woznicki, Akron Rotary Camp; Jakai Mills, child care; Dara Perry, East Akron YMCA/Phoenix School; Caleb Wallace, Firestone Park YMCA; Mike Smith, Green Family YMCA; Tatianna Carthorn, Lake Anna YMCA; Nordonia Hills YMCA Teen Leaders Club, Nordonia Hills YMCA; Daehv’Yair Ellis, University Park YMCA; and Kodi Berry, YMCA Camp Y-Noah.

Each year the Akron Area YMCA branch committees are challenged, through a friendly competition, to reach their Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign goals early. This year, the East Akron YMCA, with campaign leadership from Chair Jones-Gatlin, reported reaching 102 percent of its Partners With Youth goal total, receiving the Partners With Youth plaque for 2013 from Board of Trustee Partners With Youth Chairman Jeff Kline.

The Partners With Youth Annual Giving Campaign develops leadership programs for teens, offers child care opportunities, provides children with the opportunity to experience summer day camps and enables families to experience the Y. To date, the committees have worked together to raise a total of $414,000. The goal is to raise $620,000.

To support Partners With Youth, visit www.akronymca.org/donate.

Additionally, the Wadsworth YMCA, with leadership from Brooke Bonelli and Tommy Hayes, was recognized for the successful Charter Membership Campaign resulting in 107 donors.

The efforts of all volunteers and contributions collected will be used to provide scholarship opportunities to families who need financial assistance and support with Youth Development and Healthy Living programs, according to YMCA officials.

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