CARBONDALE — On Thursday, May 25th the Greater Carbondale YMCA held its inaugural Pioneer Heroes Awards program at the Carbondale Grand Hotel. One hundred seventy five guests gathered to honor four super supporters of the organization.

Donny Hoyle – Lifetime Award – Mr. Hoyle served as President of the Board of Directors shortly after the completion of the “YMCA Church Street Gym”. He was also President of the bank which held the YMCA’s mortgage.

"When times were tight, Mr. Hoyle assured the YMCA, “You get kids to the YMCA. I’ll worry about the mortgage.” His support has been invaluable to the Y’s success.

Mike Delfino – Donor Award – As a native of Carbondale, Mr. Delfino has a great love of the community and its people. Through a very generous donation to the 2009 Capital Campaign, Mike and Gwen (Calabro) Delfino ensured the ability of the YMCA to serve greater Carbondale in perpetuity, making the YMCA the cornerstone of the community.

L. Peter Frieder Jr. / Gentex Corp – Corporate Award – Through his innovative thinking, Mr. Frieder sparked the idea for the 2009 21st Century Capital Campaign. This campaign launched the revitalization of the Greater Carbondale YMCA and, in turn, downtown Carbondale. He has backed both the Capital Campaign and the Debt Reduction through charitable gifts from Gentex & the Frieder Foundation.

Shirley Rumford (posthumously) – Volunteer Award – Mrs. Rumford dedicated decades of her life serving the YMCA with her time, talent, and treasure. As a valued Board Member, she spearheaded multiple annual fundraisers and her signature program, Coffee Klatch. Unfortunately, Shirley passed away in April 2017 just prior to the awards. Mrs. Rumford’s tireless efforts never ceased to amaze those around her at the Y or go unnoticed.

These individuals have given their time, talent and treasure to build up the YMCA. Proceeds from the event support the Greater Carbondale YMCA Endowment Fund; allowing the Y to continue their work in perpetuity.

In the 130 years since the YMCA was founded in the Carbondale community, thousands have personally benefitted from the Y’s commitment to strengthening its neighbors.

The YMCA Board of Directors has created an Endowment Fund and Heritage Club honoring those who have made a commitment to provide for the future of the YMCA. Heritage Club members, by their current or planned gift, ensure the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility endure and that YMCA programs will positively impact the community for generations to come.

Please contact the YMCA if you have already made a provision for the Y in your estate plans and would like to be recognized in the Heritage Club.

For more information, contact Heather Murphy, Financial Development Director at (570) 282-2210.