YMCA of the Chesapeake Hosts 57th Annual Celebration

Over 200 members and friends attended the YMCA of the Chesapeake’s 58th Annual Celebration at the Tidewater Inn’s Gold Room in Easton. The crowd celebrated the YMCA’s achievements over the past year, including its recent decision to come together with the Mid-Delmarva YMCA.

Bob Perkins, Board Chair, commented about this achievement, stating, “We plan to complete the legal formality steps by the end of the year. At that time our Y of the Chesapeake will have achieved another summit, becoming the largest service organization on the Eastern Shore at 26,000 members. This will enable us to positively impact the lives of children, families, and individuals from Queen Anne’s County, MD, to Chincoteague Island, VA.”

The YMCA of the Chesapeake’s achievements this year have included a growth of members since 2005 from 5,500 to 14,000 and of campers from 10 campers a day to 350 campers a day; from providing $266,000 in assistance to providing $400,000 in financial assistance; and to being in the top two percent in membership satisfaction in the US.

Through a special YMCA mission moment, Kim Hopkins of St. Martin’s House a transitional program to assist homeless women and their families in gaining education, self-knowledge and life skills, shared how the YMCA has provided family memberships to the women and children of St. Martin’s House. She commented, “This assistance gives them the one thing they may not have felt in their lives – acceptance.”

A number of awards were given. Mimi Ezzaki received the 2012 YMCA Youth and Government Award, Sarah Mann received the 2012 Outstanding Senior Award, and Jarelyn Perez received the Youth Volunteer Award. A special Commitment to Youth Award was given to Bayside Quilters for launching the YMCA sewing program that pairs middle school students with committed and talented volunteers.

Robbie Gill, CEO of The YMCA of the Chesapeake, presented three awards to organizations and individuals who assisted with new initiatives at the YMCA this year. Willow Construction was honored for their role in completing the YMCA’s Thomas E. Hill Center for Youth Development. Bob Schuerholz received the volunteer award. Shirely Gooch, chairman of the YMCA’s Strong Kids Campaign, was honored for raising $280,000 in financial assistance helping one in five YMCA members. YMCA member Ron Chiste was honored as the 2012 Volunteer of the Year for his volunteer role in teaching karate at the YMCA, particularly for his role in training a disabled YMCA member.

Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot awarded Tom Hill with the 2012 William Donald Schaefer Award for Talbot County. The award recognizes individual acts of kindness, in particular Hill’s role in the organization’s capital campaign.

In Photo, left: Pictured left to right are Jodi Davis, YMCA of the Chesapeake Director for Youth Development, with Sarah Mann, who received the YMCA’s 2012 Outstanding Senior Award.

In Photo, above: Pictured left to right are members of the Mid Delmarva YMCA: Tim Sargent, Dick Meeks, Tim Davis, Jerry Jana, past YMCA of the Chesapeake Board chairman; Rich Stover, Allen Swiger, Stu Barr, and Missy Denault.

In Photo, left: Tom Hill was awarded the 2012 William Donald Schaefer Award for Talbot County. The award recognizes individual acts of kindness, in particular Hill’s role in the organization’s capital campaign. Pictured left to right are Senator Richard Colburn; Bob Perkins, YMCA of the Chesapeake Board chairman; Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot; Tom Hill, Delegate Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio; Delegate Addie C. Eckardt; Robbie Gill, CEO of the YMCA of the Chesapeake; and Easton Mayor Robert Willey.