CLINTON TWP., NJ - The Hunterdon County YMCA honored SIX volunteers at its 2017 Annual Recognition Event held tUESDAYat Beaver Brook Golf & Country Club. In 2016, the Y appreciated the assistance of more than 650 volunteers who dedicated their time, talent and treasure.

Greg Visicaro, Board of Trustees member and 2017 Annual Campaign Chair, received the Bowden, Byrnes, McCormick Dedication Award for outstanding service to the YMCA’s financial development efforts.

Aphrodite Fluke, employee and volunteer Head Coach for Special Olympics, received the George Hoffman Humanitarian Award for outstanding service in implementing the YMCA’s mission and character development values.

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Nicole Hepburn, martial arts volunteer, received the Harris & Betts Smith Distinguished Service Award for significant participation, effort, enthusiasm and support of YMCA programs.

Rachel Mead and Katherine Toms, martial arts volunteers, received the Ralph Muzzey Youth Leadership Award for exemplifying leadership skills and character development values.

Ellis Stanton, youth sports volunteer, received the Mannon Family Award for rendering significant service to the YMCA.

“These individual volunteers have made service to others a priority to help make the Y and our Community a better place," said Bruce Black, President/CEO. "We are truly appreciative of the dedication and support shown by our volunteers and community partners. They allow us to give young people a chance to achieve their potential, empower people of all ages to lead healthier lives, and strengthen the bonds of our community.

“As a cause-driven leader in programs and services, we identify community needs and then go about developing and offering solutions to meet those needs," Black added. "It is always clear that we could not do this work without volunteers and we are ever thankful and humbled that so many choose to give back to our community through a relationship with our YMCA. Tonight, we recognize and celebrate the impact of those volunteers.”

The Y also recognized nine volunteers who reached milestones in their length of service to the Y. Those recognized were Loretta Allen, Mary Lou Bost, Andrew Cogen, Fran Culver, Joyce Hale, Mary Malone, Rita Read, Herman Storms, and Margaret Venditti.

For more information about volunteering at the Hunterdon County YMCA, contact Christine Coffey, 908-483-4326 or visit