Thursday, January 20, 2011 | Posted in

The evening was a tremendous success. It started with a Social Hour at 6 pm. Everyone had the opportunity to look over the Silent Auction items up for bid, meet and talk with old friends, and be entertained by the Y’s own pianist, Zachary Allen. A delicious Italian Dinner was served at 7 pm.

Following Dinner, the Chairs for both the YMCA Board, Mike Hacker, and the Y Foundation Board, Rick Delaney, were introduced and briefly spoke about the future plans and hopes of each organization.

YMCA Executive Director Dan Akeley then took the podium to talk about the past year’s accomplishments. The high point for the night was the announcement of the winner of the Harold “Curly” Depoy Award. This award is given to the person that has consistently supported the Y through their volunteer efforts. This year’s Depoy Award was given to Bill Zimmer. Bill can be found at the Y most mornings, either in the pool or in the racquetball courts. He also serves on both the YMCA Board and the Y Foundation Board and was an integral part of the Capital Campaign that raised the money to build our new facility.

A special thanks goes out to Jon and Sue Ellet and Valerie Stout and her parents, Gary and Cindy. They were gracious enough to allow their Y Success Stories to be shared with the audience. To quote an attendee, “Inspirational!!”.

The evening ended on a high note when David Dean, Huntington native and nationally renown comedian, took the stage charmed the audience with his observations of life in Huntington and elsewhere.

Thanks to all those that helped make this year’s YMCA Annual Celebration Dinner a wonderful night. Once again, congratulations to Bill Zimmer for winning our most prestigious award. We are already looking forward to next year.