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Liberty YMCA receives honor

POSTED: May 15, 2009 8:31 a.m.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Armed Services YMCA, the a nonprofit organization supporting the families of junior enlisted military personnel, Wednesday recognized the Liberty County YMCA for its work to support military families. The Liberty Y won a Community YMCA Award, a part of the Raytheon Program Achievement Awards, at a luncheon on Capitol Hill.
“The ASYMCA has a long history of providing services and programs that support our military personnel and their families, however the support to our military families is enhanced by the work of local YMCAs across the nation,” said ASYMCA National Executive Director Frank Gallo.
The Raytheon awards include $1,000 to each Y honored. Under the program, awards are presented to ASYMCA branches in three categories: Best New Program; Best Use of Volunteers; and Most Improved Program.
The Liberty Y program honored was its “Oktoberfest” the last Saturday in October. The event is free to the public and offers several family friendly events ranging from hotdog eating contest to kids games, a talent contest and a pet costume contest. This is all topped off by a variety of vendors with food for everyone. The event is community collaboration between the city, Fort Stewart and the Armed Services YMCA. The YMCA coordinates and staffs the event, the local police and fire departments are there to lend support for safety and supervision of the event, and soldiers from Fort Stewart and other groups round out the volunteer corps

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