On October 15, the Community YMCA presented the Distinguished Citizen Service Award to Benedict J. Torcivia, Jr., co-president of Torcon, Inc., at The YCares Annual Benefit held at Stillwell Stables in Colts Neck. The nonprofit event also commemorated the 10th anniversary of Y Achievers, a college-readiness program for at-risk teens.
The country-flavored event drew a crowd of approximately 250 people and raised $130,000 to benefit The Community YMCA’s YCares financial assistance program for kids and families in need of free and reduced membership and program fees, as well as community initiatives such as water safety for at-risk youth and childhood obesity prevention.
Rhonda Anderson, president and CEO of The Community YMCA, said Mr. Torcivia, who has been a member of The Community YMCA’s foundation board for 13 years, is well-deserving of the honor, noting, “Ben has been instrumental in building The Community YMCA’s Endowment Fund to support our mission to serve all and ensure that the Y is here for future generations.”
Serena DiMaso, Deputy Director, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, presented certificates to both Mr. Torcivia and Y Achievers program director Jo Ann Rountree, acknowledging their accomplishments. The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Y Achievers program, which has helped more than 1,000 at-risk teens prepare for life after high school through mentoring, college guidance, and support for a successful school-to-work transition. A previous Journal Teen Scene author, Nicholas Villalobos-Best, told the audience that the program is helping him prepare for college next fall.
About The Community YMCA
The Y is a leading nonprofit charity that strengthens communities through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. It serves more than 20,000 residents in greater Monmouth County with a diverse selection of programs. For more information, visit www.TheCommunityYMCA.org.