On Friday, June 5th at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the YMCA of San Francisco will celebrate and honor the outstanding volunteers and community partners who share their time, energy and talent with the YMCA. This year, the YMCA of San Francisco is proud to honor Denise and John York with the Humanitarian of the Year Award for their outstanding commitment and support of the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA. Their efforts and support over the years have transformed the Bayview community and will allow the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA to improve the building with a grand entrance and increased capacity to serve the youth and families of the Bayview.
"With the generous support from Denise and John York, and the 49ers Foundation, the Bayview Hunters Point YMCA is poised to transform the Bayview community. We are so grateful for the York's for not only their financial support, but also their time and commitment to the YMCA," said Chuck Collins, President and CEO, YMCA of San Francisco.
The San Francisco 49ers Foundation is the non-profit community funding extension of the San Francisco 49ers. Now in its 17th year, the San Francisco 49ers Foundation supports development programs for underserved youth that keep them safe, on track and in school. Under the direction of team co-owners Denise and John York, the 49ers Foundation has raised and distributed $8.2 million to non-profit organizations over the last seven years, making it one of the premier foundations in the National Football League.
"Our family cares deeply about the 49ers Foundation's mission and goals and our commitment to give back to the communities in which we live," said John York. "We are honored to be recognized with the Humanitarian of the Year award and are proud of what we have accomplished with the YMCA of San Francisco as we both work to help the neediest children and families in the Bay Area community."
The YMCA of San Francisco is fortunate to have over 2,500 dedicated volunteers who help serve over 190,000 people annually throughout San Francisco, Marin and San Mateo County. With the support of our volunteers, the YMCA of San Francisco continues to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities throughout the Bay Area. This year's event will be hosted by 49ers alumnus and sportscaster Gary Plummer.
The YMCA Humanitarian of the Year award recognizes outstanding community leaders who support the YMCA of San Francisco in extraordinary ways. Past honorees include: Hank Bannister, Mimi Silbert, Louis Kwok, Margaret Brodkin and Sinclair and May C. Louie.