More than 250 guests attended the YMCA of the Capital Area’s annual meeting May 12 in Baton Rouge. The event recognizes volunteers, donors and partners who help advance the Y’s cause to strengthen the foundation of the communities it serves, a news release said.
During the program, each of the nine Y locations honored their respective Volunteers of the Year, and for the Americana Y, Dr. Patrick Tate received the nod.
Tate and his family, of Zachary, have been members of the Americana YMCA since its inception in 2013. He serves on the board of directors and as a volunteer youth swim and basketball coach.
Three volunteers receiving special recognition for their service to the Y included Mike Walker, who received the Myron Falk Fundraising Award given in honor of Myron Falk. Falk believed that everyone should give to help nonprofits, even if it was just one dollar, the release said.
Walker helped raise $50,000 for a scholarship program that enables the Y to provide programs and services to anyone needing them regardless of their ability to pay.
Zefferino von Kurnatowski received the Edward D. Grant Volunteerism award given in honor of Edward D. Grant, a former metropolitan board chairman as well as a recognized leader of volunteer service.
Isha Matta received the Red Heart Award, which recognizes community members who leave a lasting impact on their community through their service to others. Matta has served as a volunteer for the Y Youth and Government Program for the past eight years, where she leads, trains and mentors the teens in the program. Each year she takes the students to the National Youth and Government Conference, and in 2014, spent more than 360 hours volunteering for the program.