- Leonard Williams Sr., CEO of Wayne Densch Inc. and Wayne Densch Charities, received the annual John W. Sterchi Award. The award is the YMCA of Central Florida’s highest honor and celebrates outstanding lifetime support. Recognizing the need for a strong Y in the heart of the Pine Hills community, Leonard Williams helped establish the Wayne Densch YMCA Family Center in the 1990s. Years later, Leonard and his wife Marjorie also donated a major gift to establish the J. Douglas Williams YMCA in Longwood as a lasting tribute to their late son.
- Paul McGarigal, a successful realtor and major supporter of the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, received the YMCA’s 2014 Ronnie Walker Unsung Hero Award honoring those who have selflessly given their time and talent to the Y cause. In addition to coaching youth sports, chairing the Dr. P. Phillips Y board, furnishing its teen center and underwriting the cost of new soccer fields, McGarigal recently donated a $500,000 gift to the Y endowment fund as an investment in his Y’s future.
- Helena Ryan received the 2014 Barbara Roper Advocacy Award recognizing volunteer leaders who have devoted their lives to the Y cause. Over the years, Helena has been an impassioned Y advocate, fundraiser and volunteer leader. In addition to serving on the Metro Board for more than a decade, she also led the 2012-2013 Annual Support Campaign and served as 2014 Metro Board Chair. In 2014, she also chaired the 2014-2018 Long Range Strategic Planning Committees.
Y+U: Annual Meeting Honors Top 2014 Donors, Volunteers & Advocates
More than 300 guests and community leaders attended the YMCA of Central Florida’s Annual Meeting, which recognized the leading partners, volunteers, donors and staff who helped advance the Y’s cause in 2014. The event was held at the Dr. P. Phillips Performing Arts Center on June 16. During the program, three Y volunteers received a special recognition.