The YMCA of Greater New Orleans honored Phillips 66 as Humanitarian of the Year and Rebekah Fontenot, of Buras, as Volunteer of the Year during its annual meeting Jan. 29, at the New Orleans home of Richard and Jackie Yancey.
Fontenot, a retired commercial fisher, shared that the Y saved her life: “I got more from the Y than I give,” Fontenot said. “I got my health back.” Following Hurricane Katrina, she was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, but after attending and consistently participating in classes at the Y, she reversed her condition. Now she leads group exercise classes and is integral part of the staff team helping others live healthier lives.
The C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year Award went to a company for the first time in the 163-year history of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans.
The Phillips 66 Alliance Refinery team has been a champion of the Belle Chasse YMCA through its employee volunteer efforts, including its most recent partnership with the YMCA to build a community garden in Belle Chasse. In the past two years, Phillips 66 has made $600,000 in grant commitments to the YMCA to help build both a community gymnasium and walking/jogging track in Belle Chasse.
“I am grateful for the service of so many dedicated volunteer leaders and community partners like Phillips 66 who make the everyday work and mission of the YMCA possible,” said Pratt Provosty, chairman of the board of the trustees of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans.
To learn about the YMCA of Greater New Orleans, visit www.ymcaneworleans.org.