The Greater Carbondale YMCA is preparing its inaugural Pioneer Heroes Awards dinner, honoring four super supporters of the Y. The dinner will be held Thursday, May 25, at 5:30 p.m. at the Carbondale Grand Hotel. Call 570-282-2210 ext. 104, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Honorees Donor Award: Michael Delfino. “As a native of Carbondale, he has a great love of the community and its people,” Heather Murphy, an organizer of the event, said. “Through a very generous donation to the 21st Century Capital Campaign, Mike and Gwen (Calabro) Delfino ensured the ability of the YMCA to serve greater Carbondale in perpetuity.”
The Mike & Gwen Calabro Delfino Center houses the YMCA’s family pool and serves thousands of people each year. He has continued to remember the Carbondale YMCA Day Camp by inviting campers, their families and the community at large to a complimentary night at the Circle Drive-In (which he owns).
Corporate Award: L. Peter Frieder Jr. of Gentex Corp. “Through his innovative thinking, he sparked the idea for the 21st Century Capital Campaign. This campaign launched the revitalization of the Greater Carbondale YMCA and, in turn, downtown Carbondale,” Murphy said.
He has backed both the Capital Campaign and the debt reduction initiative through charitable gifts from Gentex & the Frieder Foundation. Employees of Gentex have continually supported the YMCA through United Way and the Work Place Presence Committee. The committee provides information, coordinates programs and schedules activities that benefit both the employee and community organizations while providing goodwill.
Lifetime Award: Don Hoyle. Hoyle served as president of the board of directors shortly after the completion of the YMCA Church Street Gym. He was also president of the bank which held the YMCA’s mortgage. “When times were tight, he assured the YMCA: ‘You get kids to the YMCA. I’ll worry about the mortgage,’” Murphy recalled. “His support has been invaluable to the Y’s success. He played an integral role in coordinating the feasibility study for the 21st Century Capital Campaign. He is continually advocating for the YMCA and currently serves on the board of trustees.”
Volunteer Award: Shirley Rumford (posthumously): “She dedicated decades of her life serving the YMCA with her time, talent and treasure,” Murphy said. “As a valued board member, she spearheaded multiple annual fundraisers including the craft fair and mum sale,” Murphy said. “She also played a key role in the annual Ciotti race by providing refreshments. In the past two years, her signature program, Coffee Klatch, has become a staple on Wednesday mornings. Offering coffee, snacks and most importantly, fellowship, Shirley ensured that everyone had a place to visit. Her tireless efforts never ceased to amaze those around her at the Y or go unnoticed. On behalf of the staff and board of the Greater Carbondale YMCA, she will be greatly missed.”