Brighter Futures Start Here
Hundreds of community members recently had the unique opportunity to witness how the Tampa YMCA helps shape brighter futures for local kids, adults and families. More than 500 guests came together to BUILD A BETTER US last month at the Regions Community Impact Dinner. The annual event brings awareness to the Tampa Y’s efforts to help kids and families, promote the health and well-being of the Tampa community, and help and give back to our neighbors in need.
This year’s event recognized former teacher, principal and Hillsborough County Board Member Doretha Edgecomb for 52 years educating children as the 2017 Community Impact Awardee. When accepting the award, Doretha said she was, “Flattered, humbled and blessed.”
Tampa Y Governance Board Vice-Chair Jennifer Murphy was honored with the 2017 Order of the Red Triangle Award for making lasting and valuable contributions to the Tampa Y. Fifteen 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.
Perhaps the breakout star of the night was Angel Morales, a Y Teen Achiever featured in one of the event’s testimonial videos. The 16-year-old’s compelling story received a standing ovation from the crowd and moved a guest to immediately offer to pay for his college tuition. Click here to see the impactful video for yourself.
Many thanks to Regions Bank for continuing to serve as the title sponsor, WTSP 10News Anchor Reginald Roundtree for emceeing and to all the generous donors in attendance. Together, we make a difference in the lives of thousands of community members and a huge impact on each individual we serve.
Doretha Edgecomb (L) accepted the Community Impact Award from Tampa Y Governance Board
Member Cathy Valdes (R).
Tampa Y President & CEO Tom Looby (L) presented Governance Board Vice-Chair Jennifer
Murphy (R) with the 2017 Order of the Red Triangle Award.