More than 175 people gathered to celebrate the honorees who have made an impact on children, families and communities by supporting the Greenpoint Y. Board member Frank Carbone emceed the event, while Reverend Monsignor Jamie Gigantiello presented the awards.
The honorees this year were Donald Minerva, Martha Holstein, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol and Broadway Stages, represented by Gina and Tony Argento.
In their remarks, the awardees expressed their gratitude for being honored, and their hope that the local Y will continue to provide life-enhancing programs.
“The Greenpoint Y is so lucky to have supportive and special individuals that advocate for our neighborhood,” said Kendall Charter executive director of the Greenpoint Y. “We are so proud to honor them.”
The awards dinner recognized the honorees’ commitment to creating a safe place for kids to go after school while their parents are at work. The Greenpoint Y offers swimming, summer camp and other opportunities to have fun and build long-lasting friendships.
Guests dined, socialized, danced and bid on a wide array of valuable items at the silent auction table. Favorite prizes included sports tickets, baskets of cheer, jewelry, and sports memorabilia donated by YMCA board members and sponsors.
The event was capped off by a performance from 10 of the Y’s SACC after-school children, who sang and danced to “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Holding Out for a Hero.” Counselors Rebecca Segarra and Aziza Showell guided the students through the performance.
In its third year, the Spirit of Community event raises money to help ensure that families and children who live in Greenpoint and Williamsburg benefit from the Greenpoint Y.
“Funds raised help support the Y programs, such as after-school, swim and camp, that are vital to the children and families of this community,” said Tatiana Terzuoli, director of fund development and communications with the Greenpoint Y. “The community’s support ensures that these programs are available to all.”