By: Lisa Doctrow
The YMCA of Central Kentucky recently celebrated 162 years of community support, volunteerism and healthy living. During the celebration, Lexmark was named as the 2014 Community Impact Award winner.
Each year the YMCA also hands out awards to individuals who go above and beyond in their volunteer efforts. This year, two of those awards went to Lexmark employees.
Red Triangle Award
The Red Triangle Award is given to a YMCA of Central Kentucky volunteer whose actions exemplify the YMCA triangle — spirit, mind and body — and whose length of service and devotion to the Y’s mission have made a lasting impact on the association. It is the highest honor given in recognition of outstanding personal leadership and service over many years.
The 2014 Red Triangle Award recipient is Neill Kahle, a Lexmark attorney who serves on the North Y board of directors.
Last year Kahle helped secure the matching gift from Lexmark. He also helped lead construction of a community playground at the North Y as chief volunteer and spokesperson for the project. More than 200 volunteers from more than 20 different companies participated in the one-day build – including 55 volunteers from Lexmark.
“Neill is an avid exerciser at the North Y and because of his passion for healthy living and community, he agreed to be our ‘Chief Engineer’ and community build spokesperson,” Martorano said. “We appreciate Neill for helping us serve our community better.”
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year is given to a YMCA of Central Kentucky branch volunteer whose actions helped his or her branch achieve extraordinary impact in the community. Each branch selects one volunteer whose service and devotion to the Y’s mission have made a lasting impact on the branch level. It is the highest branch volunteer honor.
The 2014 Volunteer of the Year for the North Lexington Family YMCA is Tari Young, a Lexmark firmware development manager who serves on the North Y board of directors.
Last year she helped secure major donations for the Y’s annual giving campaign in addition to a sponsor for the LIVESTRONG luncheon for cancer survivors. She also mentors high school students and has helped build partnerships between the Bluegrass Cycling Club and the Y.
“Tari has been an essential leader and worker for the mission of the Y and for our cause to strengthen foundation of community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility,” said Jeannie The, executive director, North Lexington Family YMCA.