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Mid Valley Family YMCA

14th Annual Mid Valley Family YMCA Gala

Date: Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Location:
Castle & Cooke Aviation Hangar
7501 Hayvenhurst Place
Van Nuys, CA 91406

HEALTHY KIDS HAPPY FUTURE

Honorary Chair, Councilwoman Nury Martinez, 6th District cordially invites you and your guests to join us at the 14th Annual Mid Valley Family YMCA Gala – Healthy Kids, Happy Future. The evening event is set for an incredible experience in the beautiful hangar made possible by Castle & Cooke Aviation.

You are promised an evening of great food and drinks, great company, and raising funds for a great cause – providing youth and families the opportunity to get involved in life changing programs at the Mid Valley Family YMCA.

Since its inception, the Annual Gala acknowledges the incredible cause driven work of an organization, business, or individual that have done exceptional work in community – committed to enriching the lives of youth, adults, and families. 18 individuals, companies, and organizations have received the Philip “Flip” Smith Community Pillar Award over the course of the last 14 years and we will be adding one more great organization and individual at this year’s Gala.

 

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THE HONOREES

Dignity Health – Northridge Hospital Medical Center

For over 60 years, Dignity Health - Northridge Hospital Medical Center has been serving over 1.8 million youth, adults, seniors, and families in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys by providing a full range of services and programs that are strengthening our community. Healthgrades has ranked Northridge Hospital Medical Center one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals and it is the only hospital in the San Fernando Valley with an Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center. Truly a full-service community hospital, they focus on a wide range of services from their Thomas & Dorothy Leavey Cancer Center to their Advanced Primary Stroke Center, Adult & adolescent mental health care, orthopedics, and a full-service emergency room just to name a few more.

Northridge Hospital’s reach goes far beyond just the four walls of their hospital. In 1997 the Center for Healthier Communities (CHC) was created and for twenty years has collaborated with numerous organizations (Mid Valley Family YMCA, California State University, Northridge, United HealthCare, etc.), schools, churches, and recreation centers to provide community-wide programs that focus on chronic disease, obesity, smoking cessation, and diabetes. Another long term program of the Center for Healthier Communities is the Center for Assault Treatment Services (CATS) which serves over 1,100 child and adult victims of sexual assault and abuse, domestic violence, and child maltreatment annually.

In 2016, the CHC in partnership with Dignity Health Corporate sponsorship of the “Great Kindness Challenge” engages over 30,000 youth, school staff, and parents in the San Fernando Valley in an anti-bullying campaign each January. Northridge Hospital, the Center for Healthier Communities, and it’s Foundation has been a leading collaborator, partner, and funder to the Mid Valley Family YMCA for the last 15 years helping the Y provide little to no cost programs that are directly impacting the largest issues that are facing families in the mid San Fernando Valley community. Because of their unwavering and long standing support, the Mid Valley Family YMCA is glad to honor Dignity Health - Northridge Hospital Medical Center with the 2017 Philip “Flip” Smith Pillar of the Community Award for their commitment to the health of so many in the mid San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas.

Steve Gonsoski

At the young age of 10, Steve Gonsoski first attended YMCA Camp Round Meadow as a camper in 1964. Fifty three years later, Steve is still graciously giving his time to the Mid Valley Family YMCA Resident Camp Program. Steve has volunteered in every capacity imaginable – resident camp counselor, director, day camp counselor, even summer day camp bus driver. Steve vividly remembers his 7 years of being the volunteer day camp bus driver picking up youth at their school day camp child care centers and taking them to Magic Mountain, Disneyland, or even the beach. During his collegiate years, Steve graciously gave of us time as a volunteer coach to the Y-Winners program which introduced young people to football, basketball, and indoor soccer. Steve’s long-time involvement with camp has become a family affair over time with his wife, sister in-law, three step sons, and now most recently two daughters involved in the resident camp program. All of Steve’s children participated in the parent-child Indian Guides & Indian Princesses Program as well as the Trailblazer program. Steve’s commitment to servant leadership does not stop with his volunteer efforts at the YMCA. Steve has worked as an educator and administrator for Los Angeles Community College for over 41 years. Through Steve’s long standing commitment to youth development work, he has influenced the lives of over 5,000 youth and families through the experience of going to a week of camp. The Mid Valley Family YMCA is glad to honor Steve Gonsoski with the 2017 Philip “Flip” Smith Pillar of the Community Award for his relentless commitment to improving the lives of so many youth in the mid San Fernando Valley.