YMCA of Metro Atlanta Honors Volunteers and Partners With Annual Celebration of Community Champions

On Monday, February 10, 2020, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta celebrated the vision and insight of our partners, volunteers and teen leaders at our annual Celebration of Community Champions. With the theme 2020 Vision, the celebration focused on seeing the impact and being the impact within our communities.

At the Y, we know that everyone sees the world through their own lens, and with the help of so many partners and volunteers, we work hard to achieve our vision of building communities where everyone belongs. Celebration of Community Champions was an opportunity to recognize partners, volunteers and teen leaders who have their eyes on the future and help us make an impact within the communities we serve.

The YMCA was honored to present Dr. Walter Young and Ambassador Andrew Young with the Bransby Christian Leadership Award, our highest honor for volunteer service to the Y and the community. We also introduced two new awards in 2020 ⁠— Nonprofit Partner of the Year, presented to the Atlanta Police Foundation, and Corporate Partner of the Year, presented to Kaiser Permanente. Plus, we recognized Volunteers of the Year and Teen Leaders of the Year from each Y branch, as well as our 2019 Fundraisers of the Year, Mark Spain and Jayden Bohannon!

The Celebration of Community Champions concluded with the kick-off of the 2020 WHY IT MATTERS Annual Giving Campaign. WHY IT MATTERS raises funds to provide scholarships that allow children and families in our communities to access the Y’s life-changing programs, regardless of their circumstances or background. Thanks to the 2019 WHY IT MATTERS Campaign donors, we were able to offer access and opportunity to approximately 32,000 children, teens adults and seniors in the form of scholarships for memberships, day and resident camps, swim lessons, teen leadership programs, youth sports, afterschool and early learning last year.

For 2020, we have set our sights on the biggest campaign goal in the history of our Y — $5 million! The Y is thankful to have so many outstanding volunteers and strong community partners to help us achieve this ambitious goal. If you would like to contribute to the WHY IT MATTER Annual Giving Campaign, please visit ymcagive.org.

Learn more about our honorees below and help us celebrate these amazing YMCA visionaries!

2019 Bransby Christian Leadership Award
Dr. Walter Young and Ambassador Andrew Young

2019 Nonprofit Partner of the Year
Atlanta Police Foundation

2019 Corporate Partner of the Year
Kaiser Permanente

2019 Fundraiser of the Year
Mark Spain
Forsyth County Family YMCA

2019 Teen Fundraiser of the Year
Jayden Bohannon
East Lake Family YMCA

2019/2020 Branch Teen Leaders of the Year 

These teen leaders were chosen at every YMCA of metro Atlanta branch for their outstanding commitment to the YMCA and to becoming leaders among their peers and within the community!




Teen Leaders of the Year

Quentin Lamar Taylor
Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA 

Heaven Elise Moore-Lattimore
Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA

Asia Harris
Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead

Mya Simone Crenshaw
Covington Family YMCA

Taylor Marie Crawford
Cowart Family YMCA

Keion K. Carter
Decatur Family YMCA

Kim Nguyen
East Lake Family YMCA

Julianna Christine Trimboli
Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

Gregory Hamilton Jr
Forsyth County Family YMCA

Matthew Crosby
Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA

Erin Young
J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA

Fatima Gonzalez
McCleskey-East Cobb/Northeast Cobb Family YMCAs

Avery Smith 
Northwest Family YMCA

Damilola Zoe-Elizabeth Ige
Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA

Kyle Mosley
South DeKalb Family YMCA

Logan A. Meadows
Summit Family YMCA

Julian Charles Jordan
The Villages at Carver Family YMCA

Justin Buckles
Wade Walker Park Family YMCA

Jordan Nicole Knotts
YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Allatoona

Cole Campbell
YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton

2019/2020 Branch Volunteers of the Year 

These individuals have gone above and beyond for the Y and are truly helping us build the future every day! Because of their commitment, the Y is able to champion communities where everyone belongs!




Volunteers of the Year

Bisa & Madison Kenney
Andrew and Walter Young Family YMCA

Ralph E. Taylor, II
Arthur M. Blank Family Youth YMCA

Gregory Burns
Carl E. Sanders Family YMCA at Buckhead 

Brad Wilson
Covington Family YMCA

Anisha Rohit Nathu 
Cowart Family YMCA

Easter-Penny Jones
Decatur Family YMCA

Lisa M Cox
East Lake Family YMCA 

David V. Healy
Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

Wesley Lava
Forsyth County Family YMCA

Desi Frazier
Cecil Pruett Community Center Family YMCA

Reagan Havens
J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA

Molly Toland Khan
McCleskey-East Cobb/Northeast Cobb Family YMCAs

Gail & Leo DeFranco
Northwest Family YMCA

Paige Blair
Robert D. Fowler Family YMCA

Terrell Gibbs
South DeKalb Family YMCA 

Cindy Luckie
Summit Family YMCA

Charles Poole, Sr.
The Villages at Carver Family YMCA

Cartrell Watts
Wade Walker Park Family YMCA

Chris Clayton
YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Allatoona

Chad Brammer
YMCA Camp High Harbour at Lake Burton

Melinda Setenyi
YMCA Early Learning Programs

Sonya M. Halpern
YMCA of Metro Atlanta