The YMCA of the Capital Area held its annual Celebration and Volunteer Recognition on May 22, honoring those who have helped the Y serve the needs of the Baton Rouge and Zachary communities.

Metro Board Chairman Edmund Giering and Christian Engle, president and CEO of YMCA of the Capital Area, presided over the event at the Crowne Plaza. The Y spotlighted the programs and opportunities it provides, and gave thanks to the volunteers.

Honored as branch volunteers were Joseph Moore, A.C. Lewis YMCA; Zanetta Denise Bennett, Baranco-Clark YMCA; Colette Dean, C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA; Rowdy Gaudet, Charles W. Lamar Jr. YMCA; Taesia Shello, Dow Westside YMCA; Annie Clark, ExxonMobil YMCA; Kenneth Kossow, Paula G. Manship YMCA; Sondra Pilgreen, Southside YMCA; and Jeff Sowa, Americana YMCA.

Awards also were given to outstanding YMCA volunteers. The Myron Falk Fundraising Award was presented to Ryan Engquist for his dedication and commitment to the Beyond the Green golf tournament, the Taste of Zachary event and the Y’s annual campaign. In total, Ryan raised over $23,000 for the YMCA. Ricky Blanton received the Edward D. Grant Volunteerism Award for his consistent advocacy for the YMCA of the Capital Area. As a board member, youth sports coach and donor, Blanton embodies the mission of the Y each and every day, both on and off the court, according to the news release.