About 400 people attended the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA’s annual Community Impact Celebration at the Tampa Theatre on Nov. 2, according to a news release.
The celebration showcased the YMCA’s impact on the community, and honored Gary Koch, Al Colby and 11 outstanding Tampa YMCA volunteers.
Gary Koch received the 2023 Community Impact Award for his dedication and positive impact on the youth in the First Tee – Tampa Bay golf program. Koch is a six-time PGA Tour winner, former ESPN/NBC Sports golf commentator and First Tee Tampa Bay Board chair, the news release notes.
Al Colby, a lawyer, former chairman of the YMCA’s board and a long-term supporter, received the 2023 Tampa YMCA Red Triangle Award. The Red Triangle Award goes to a volunteer whose leadership and service have helped to transform countless lives, according to the release.
These 11 volunteers also were recognized for their unwavering commitment:
- Vaniya Merkerson – Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA
- Jen Apgar – Bob Sierra North Tampa YMCA
- Coach Floyd Singletary – East Pasco
- Andre Steadman – North Brandon Family YMCA
- Gene Siudut – New Tampa Family YMCA
- Marty Koscso – Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA
- Sergio Martinez – Plant City Family YMCA
- Faith Burriss – Spurlino Family YMCA
- Rickie King – Sulphur Springs YMCA
- Alicia Goff – South Tampa Family YMCA
- Greg Dooley – YMCA Camp Cristina
Published November 15, 2023