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YMCA announces 2016 Hall of Fame honorees

September 1, 2016

Four members of the Lewiston-Auburn community will be recognized at the YMCA’s second annual Hall of Fame celebration. They are Stephen B. Austin, Muriel Bureau, James Lawler and Pennell Woodard.

The celebration is part of the Y’s annual meeting happening Dec. 8 at Martindale Country Club. The event is a celebration of the Y’s nearly 150 years serving the greater Androscoggin County communities. The evening’s highlights will include a review of the Y’s community impact in 2016, introduction of new board members and the Hall of Fame induction.

Steve Wallace, CEO at the Y, says, “The Hall of Fame was established to remember the contributions of the many men and women who have carried the Y’s torch since 1868.

“This year’s inductees represent over 150 years of combined service to Lewiston-Auburn youth and families. They are setting the bar high for the Y’s next 100 years.”

Elizabeth Shea of Auburn chairs the 2016 Hall of Fame selection committee, which is responsible for reviewing nominations from the local community as well as Y members and leadership.

“Our priority is finding people who have made extraordinary and tangible contributions to the YMCA,” says Shea.

“Without a doubt, all four of this year's honorees represent the best of Y values, but they each have done so in their own way.”

The YMCA Hall of Fame was established in 2015. The inaugural class of honorees included Col. James Bouchles, Pauline Bourgoin, Richard Kendall and Malcolm Philbrook. 

This year’s Hall of Fame Celebration and Annual Meeting takes place on Dec. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Martindale Country Club. It is free and open to the public. Donations in honor of the 2016 Hall of Fame class are welcome.

Due to limited space, attendees are asked to register by Nov. 23. Those interested may register by contacting Victoria Stanton, Director of Marketing & Advancement, at 795-4095 or vstanton@alymca.org. Online registration is also available at www.alymca.org.

About the 2016 Hall of Fame Honorees

Stephen B. Austin is a former President of the YMCA Board of Directors. In the mid-1980s, he shepherded the Y through a critical leadership transition, serving as mentor to a young executive director who is also being recognized this year -- James Lawler.

Muriel Bureau has been a faithful YMCA volunteer for nearly 30 years. To this day, she arrives every Monday through Friday at 4:30 a.m. to open the Y and greet its most die-hard members. For thousands of people, Bureau is the face of the Y.

James Lawler began his more than 30 years of Y service in 1980 as Sports Director. Lawler assumed the role of executive director in 1988 and oversaw the Y’s evolution into the organization it is today. Widely recognized for his fiscal responsibility, his team is credited with strengthening the Y’s endowment, introducing fitness and wellness programming, and starting early childhood and school-age curricula.

Pennell Woodard is a lifelong member of the YMCA and a tireless advocate for youth. He established the historic Biddy Basketball program, served as President of the Board of Directors and founded the YMCA NAPA Charity Golf Tournament. Since 2010, the tournament has raised more than $250,000 for youth scholarships.

Woodard will be honored officially at this year’s tournament on Sept. 15, at Martindale Country Club.

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