Serving Kenosha for 90 years, the YMCA Awards are named in honor of Kenosha community members that founded the Y and continue to guide the organization into the future. The awards are given to those that have exemplified the Y Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility in our three Areas of Service: Youth Development, Health Living, and Social Responsibility.
Mr. Robert Kueny was an avid swimmer and active member of the Y for more than 50 years. He and his wife, June, were thrilled to be the lead contributors the aquatic center that bears the family name the Kueny Aquatic Center. In recognition of their dedication to the Y and love of swimming the Award for Aquatic Member of Excellence will be named the Kueny Award.
The Callahan family is deeply committed to the vitality of our community, through engagement and support for public education, social services, and human development organizations. In recognition of their dedication to our community the award for the Health & Wellness Member of Excellence will be named the Callahan Award.
The Nash Awards honor individuals and organizations that take Social Responsibility to heart and help to advance our core values of Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility. In 1928 the Nash family made a $400,000 donation, toward a community youth center on the condition that residents match it dollar-for-dollar. Kenosha residents responded and in 1930, the doors of the YMCA were opened.
John & Judy Wavro have been strong advocates of the YMCA, including supporting the scholarship fund; ensuring everyone has access to the Y. In recognition of their dedicated benevolence to our community the award for Youth Development will be named the Wavro Award.