WARREN - The Trumbull County YMCA saw several changes and improvements this past year and thanked the many individuals, businesses and organizations that helped make a difference.
The annual recognition award program was held recently at Leo's Ristorante.
YMCA Board President Richard Thompson said the event is to recognize those individuals, agencies and area businesses who have demonstrated outstanding support leadership for the YMCA.
"We like other organizations are confronted with many challenges but are optimistic about our future," he said.
Thompson said youth development, healthy living and social responsibility are the main missions of the YMCA.
He said the YMCA meets these missions by nurturing the potential of children and teenagers, improving the people's health and well being and giving back and supporting people at home and abroad.
Thompson said the YMCA exists to provide programs that build skills and help people envision a better future, to change lives for the better and make communities stronger and more cohesive.
The three areas of focus are achieved by program development and execution, staff training, and communications.
Individuals recognized were James Mariano, Dr. James Martuccio, Hugh Anderson and Joanne Hatosky.
Mariano is the YMCA's oldest member at 95. He was a prisoner of war and lifelong Warren resident who joined the YMCA in 1929. Martuccio is an active member of the YMCA serving on the board.
Anderson has been a member of the YMCA since 1951 and has served as a board member. He led a campaign to get the two raquetball courts renovated and remodeled.
Hatosky was one of the first female members of the YMCA back in the 1970s when the organization went from male only to families.
Anderson said Rich Denamen as the current executive director has done much in the last few years for the YMCA with getting project completed and work done.
Denny Rossi, a board member and event coordinator, said the businesses and foundations have provided support to the YMCA through donations for new flooring for the all-purpose room and window replacement, grants for needed projects and funds for purchase of items.
Businesses recognized were Arcelor Mittal, Berk Enterprises, ITAM 29 and Window Depot.
Foundations recognized were Youngstown Foundation, Wean Foundation, Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, United Way and Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Ted Rupe, a retired Maplewood schools teacher and cross country coach, was the keynote speaker. He started his running career at age 13 in 1968.