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2016 Spirit of Service Volunteer Recognition Event

YMCA of Greater Kansas City
November 30, 2016
Spirit of Service 2016 Event Photos

Each year, more than 3,400 volunteers give their time and talent at the Y to strengthen the community. The Y celebrates its many volunteers during our annual Spirit of Service volunteer recognition event. The 6th Annual Spirit of Service Awards was held November 17, 2016 at Starlight Theatre in Swope Park. More than 400 guests enjoyed dinner, fellowship and a program honoring the impact volunteers have on our communities through the Y. 

Spirit of Service Class of 2016

Congratulations to all the volunteers recognized this year! Your efforts make our organization and our communities stronger. Y centers, programs and early education programs nominate a volunteer for their exemplary work. 

Learn more about each winner and the impact volunteers have on our Y. A digital version of the Spirit of Service program booklet is available on Issuu. Click here to read the booklet.

Hero of the Heart Award
  • Eric and Tonya Groves, Togetherhood
Kirk Family Philanthropic Award
  • Hall Family Foundation
Center Volunteers
  • Jake Blake, Bonner Springs Family YMCA
  • Rich and Natalie Canale, Paul Henson Family YMCA
  • Judy Coles, North Kansas City YMCA
  • Angela Gutierrez, 8th Street Family YMCA
  • Brandon Johnson, Red Bridge Family YMCA
  • Michael Jones, Cleaver Family YMCA
  • Dominga Levin, Linwood Family YMCA
  • Wayne Lueckenhoff, Atchison Family YMCA
  • Matt Maciel, Olathe Family YMCA
  • Jim McCall, Platte County Community Center South
  • Vic Perrin, Platte County Community Center North
  • Mike Talbert, Providence YMCA/Ball Family Center
  • Greg Westbrook, YMCA of Greater Kansas City Association Resource Center
Youth and Education Volunteers
  • CyJuan Anderson, Columbus Park YMCA Head Start
  • Monica and Jacob Cloward, Northland YMCA Head Start
  • Andrea Hagens, YMCA Head Start
  • Hillery Heigel, Excelsior Springs YMCA Head Start
  • Cory Kirby, Liberty YMCA Head Start
  • Crystal Naylor, Burlington YMCA Head Start
  • Ceandrea Strickland, Thomas Roque YMCA Head Start
Program Volunteers
  • David Bock, Challenger
  • Bobbi, Jessica and Leslie Broils, Young Achievers
  • Jenny Burkhead-Johnson, Challenger
  • Myla Tosatto, Challenger

A special congratulations to our 2016 Hero of the Heart award recipients Eric and Tonya Groves, who volunteer through the Togetherhood program at the Blue Springs Family YMCA. Learn more about their volunteer journey by watching this video presented during the event


View, download and share pictures from the 2016 Spirit of Service celebration.

Photo Booth

All the fun photos from the event photo booth are available on SmugMug. Click here and use the password CARE to access the gallery. 

Event Photos

Explore photos from the event, including award winner photos, in our album on Google Photos.

Get Involved

Are you inspired to make a difference by volunteering? Whether you would like to help with a special event or sign up to coach a youth sports team, there are lots of ways to volunteer at the Y. Explore upcoming volunteer opportunities through our volunteer Project Catalog.