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Summit Area YMCA Celebrates Its Volunteers, Honors Linda Flanagan, Christopher Birosak with Reed Memorial Award

Linda Flanagan and Christopher Birosak.
Jagruti Oza, Board of Trustees - Vice Chair, and Paul Kieltyka, Summit Area YMCA President & CEO.
Paul Kieltyka, Pablo Carvajal -- Youth of the Year Award Recipient -- and Terri Clinton, Summit YMCA Executive Director.
Paul Kieltyka, Emani Miles -- Graduating Achiever -- and Julie Wagenblast, Summit YMCA Teen Director.
Paul Kieltyka, Paul Neuwirth -- Living Our Cause Volunteer Award Recipient -- and Tiffany Escott, Berkeley Heights YMCA Executive Director.
Paul Kielyka, Matthew Gigliotti -- Mission Advancement Volunteer Award Recipient -- and Joyce Klimaski, Executive Director of The Learning Circle YMCA.
Paul Kieltyka, Jesse Reyes -- Living Our Cause Volunteer Award Recipient -- and Joyce Klimaski.
Pablo Carvajal - Youth of the Year Award Recipient -- and his family.
SUMMIT, NJ - Christopher Birosak and Linda Flanagan, two distinguished individuals with a plethora of experience in their respective fields, have been chosen as the 2016 Shuart Reed Memorial Award honorees.
The Reed Awards were handed out as the Summit Area YMCA held its Annual Celebration to honor exemplary Y volunteers at the Grand Summit Hotel. This annual event congregated more than 100 staff, volunteers, and community members to celebrate the significant work, resources, talent and time they share with the Summit Area YMCA.
Summit Area YMCA volunteers dedicate their time and talent towards making the community stronger through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. They provide invaluable contributions through development of meaningful programs and events like the Parkinson’s Exercise & Balance program or the Mother’s Day 5K Run / Walk, which raises funds for LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a cancer recovery program,
The Shuart Reed Memorial Award is presented in the memory of Shuart Reed, General Secretary of the Summit Area YMCA from 1935-43. The award is presented to those individuals who exemplify his commitment to the betterment of our community.
Presented for the first time in 1951 to John B. Sayre, the Award has been given, almost annually, to many distinguished members of the greater Summit community.
Flanagan, a dedicated high school track and cross country coach as well as longstanding positive role model for young women, has used her passion and work to lead the Y into creating meaningful and groundbreaking programming for youth to help them learn, grow and thrive.
Birosak, with his plethora of finance and investment banking experience, served a pivotal role in helping the Summit Area YMCA create a firm foundation for the Y’s Endowment Fund. He was also a devoted volunteer for the organization’s Annual Campaign, which raises funds to provide financial assistance to those in need in the community.

The Y also named Charlotte Bashforth of the Summit Area YMCA and Robert D'Egidio of the Berkeley Heights YMCA as Mission Advancement Volunteers, with each playing a lead role in advancing the Y mission within the community by sharing information about Y initiatives with other community leaders and helps to broker strategic partnerships and collaborations to meet community needs.

Norman Sanyour of the Summit YMCA, Paul Neuwirth of the Berkeley Heights YMCA , and Jesse Reyes of The Learning Circle YMCA were named recipients of the Living Our Cause Awards, for their efforts in a leadership capacity, such as serving as a member of a branch board, board committee or special event planning committee and acts as a storyteller to help raise funds to support the Y cause.

The Annual Celebration also honors esteemed youth members. with Pablo Carvajal named 2016 Youth of the Year for his outstanding community service, leadership and commitment to The Y. Carvajal was an integral part to the 7th Grade Taskforce and Middle school Focus Committee that helped develop new youth programs, events and volunteer activities.
Graduating teens from the Achievers program, a college preparatory program at the Summit Area YMCA, were also honored. Emani Miles and Ife Campbell were celebrated and will be attending university in the fall of 2016.
Miles is active at Summit High School where she is a magna cum laude student and an athlete who plays on the high school softball team and is captain of the Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is also president of the Black Student Union and involved with Student Council and Poetry Club. She will attend Seton Hall University in the Fall and expects to major in Political Science.
In the Fall, Campbell will enroll in the University of New Haven, CT where she plans to become a Forensic Psychologist and serve as an expert witness in court proceedings.

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