Several members and donors of the YMCA of the Capital Area’s Cornerstone Endowment Society were fêted at its annual Cornerstone Endowment Dinner Oct. 27 at the City Club of Baton Rouge.

Presented with vases as a token of appreciation were lifetime members Jon and Barry Blumberg, Mishca and Michael Breard, Jeff Casey, Sue and Don Clark, Fonda and George Crooker, Lara and Matt Falcon, Sharon Field, Ginger Ford, Cour t ney and Julio Guillen, Pete Hicks, Debbie and Bob Jacobs, Mitchell Jacobs, Zefferino and Ashley Von Kurnatowski, Carole and Charles Lamar, Sylvia and Josh Landry, C.C. and Alex Lewis, David Manship, Shanda and Eddrick Martin, Diana Weber, Baton Rouge Rotary and Inner Wheel, Gerry Lane Enterprises and the Irene W. & C.B. Pennington Foundation.

Also recognized were 2015 Cornerstone Society members Kelley and John Buzzell, Susie and Jerry Haralson, Debbie and Rickey Heroman , Jamie and Alex Lewis Jr., Ty McMains, Mike Miller and Cookie and Kerry Uffman.

The Cornerstone Endowment Fund, managed by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, currently has a balance of $3,725,505. New donations and pledges are increasing that amount $4,686,499. Begun in 1998, its purpose is to save money by using the interest generated to enhance YMCA programs and services.

Featured speaker for the evening was Carleton Gordon, a participant in the Y’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Having lost 20 pounds since joining the program, he’s now encouraging his family and others to join him on his journey to live a healthier life .

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