One Team, One Dream
The Y believes everyone deserves opportunities, no matter who you are or where you’re from. From swim lessons to diabetes prevention, the Tampa Y offers programs and services that meet the needs of Tampa Bay. The community came together on March 4 to witness ways the Y helps kids and families, promotes the community’s health and well-being and gives back to our neighbors in need.
The Regions Community Impact Dinner welcomed more than 400 guests to honor U.S. Representative Kathy Castor. U.S. Rep. Castor represents Florida’s 14th Congressional district and is the first congresswoman to represent Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. “Kathy Castor walks the walk,” said Governance Board Member Keri Eisenbeis before presenting the award. “She can be found improving her own personal health right at one of our local branches. She is a 25-year member of the Tampa YMCA. She cares so much about health and wellness that she sits on the Advisory Board over the Congressional Gym. Kathy Castor leads by example.”
In addition, Governance Board Member Jill Valenti and her husband, Joe, were honored with the Red Triangle Award for making lasting and valuable contributions to the Tampa Y. Fourteen volunteers of the year were also recognized by each YMCA center among the crowd full of fellow volunteers, community leaders, elected officials, Y members and friends of the Y.
Many thanks to Regions Bank for continuing to serve as the title sponsor, ABC Action News’ Good Morning Tampa Bay Anchors Deiah Riley and James Tully for emceeing and to all the generous donors in attendance. Together, we can team up to strengthen the community!
> Watch “Mikey swim testimonial” video
> Watch “Alex & Tonya diabetes prevention” video
> Watch “Jill & Joe Valenti – Order of the Red Triangle” video
Pictured above, Left to Right: Tampa Y President & CEO Matt Mitchell (L) presented the Red Triangle Award to Governance Board Member Jill and her husband, Joe with Governance Board Chair Al Colby (R). U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor (middle) accepted the Community Impact Award from Tampa Y President & CEO Matt Mitchell (L) and Governance Board Member Keri Eisenbeis (R).