YMCA Of Greater New Orleans Honors Humanitarian, Volunteer Of The Year

NEW ORLEANS – At the 2016 YMCA of Greater New Orleans Annual Meeting, on January 28, 2016, G. Pratt Provosty will be awarded with the C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year award and West St. Tammany YMCA Volunteer Marvin Benton will be honored with the Mildred Wild Volunteer of the Year award.

         The event will take place at the home of Pratt and Nicole Provosty, at 44 Newcomb Blvd., in New Orleans, from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

         Members of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans Board of Trustees, the Belle Chasse YMCA Advisory Board, the West St. Tammany YMCA Advisory Board, the East Jefferson YMCA Advisory Board and community leaders are all scheduled to attend.

         The C. Allen Favrot Humanitarian of the Year award is named for longtime YMCA Board member and community activist and philanthropist, C. Allen Favrot. The award honors those who give and serve above and beyond the customary and ordinary volunteer service and stewardship.

         Organizers say G. Pratt Provosty, a member of the YMCA of Greater New Orleans Board of Trustees for more than a decade, has shown an incredible dedication to the YMCA and its growth as a community resource.  Over the past two years, he has lent his time and talents as a key leader of the YMCA in his role as chairman of the board. He has helped to foster capital expansion projects and facilitate partnerships that will lead the Y to continued growth and service to the community.

         YMCA reps say The Mildred Wild Volunteer of the Year award is in remembrance and gratitude for the late Mildred Rita Wild who was devoted to the eternal values that made the United States of America a strong country – hard work, integrity, self-reliance, thrift, belief in God and dedication to family. 

         This year the award will honor Marvin Benton, a longtime member and volunteer at the West St. Tammany YMCA. Organizers say Marvin never hesitates to help with volunteering at events or setting up a table in the lobby to educate members on the YMCA and its mission. They say he is a true advocate of the Y by helping to raise money, promoting health and motivating and encouraging members.

         The YMCA of Greater New Orleans Annual Meeting invites YMCA Board of Trustee members, Advisory Board members from branches across the region, Gen Y young professional board members and special guests to honor award recipients, welcome new board members and thank those board members who have fulfilled their service.

         The YMCA has been part of Greater New Orleans since 1852. Today, the Y reaches tens of thousands of lives in four parishes, including Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany and Plaquemines. Their mission is “to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

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