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Pav YMCA names 2014 Teeter Award recipient

Berwyn Park District commissioner Frank Amaro has been named this year's recipient of the PAV YMCA Robert W. Teeter Award. Amaro was nominated for his patriotism and extensive volunteering.
Berwyn Park District commissioner Frank Amaro has been named this year's recipient of the PAV YMCA Robert W. Teeter Award. Amaro was nominated for his patriotism and extensive volunteering.

BERWYN – Pav YMCA will host its annual Teeter Award Celebration and Dinner Dance on May 9 at Crystal Sky Banquets, 7941 W. 47th St., McCook.

Tickets for the annual event are $50 a piece or $500 for a table of 10, and can be purchased at the Pav YMCA, 2947 S. Oak Park Ave., Berwyn.

The recipient of the 2014 Robert W. Teeter Award will be Frank Amaro, Berwyn Park District commissioner. Amaro was nominated by Ana Espinoza and Nora Laureto. In her nomination letter, Espinoza stated “[Amaro] has shown us all the true meaning of patriotism and volunteerism.”

Amaro is involved in many organizations that support veterans and military families, including the Italian American War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 256, Cicero-Berwyn Viet Now Chapter, Combined Veterans Association of Illinois and the Combined Veterans of Berwyn.

He also volunteered with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, Community, Economic Development Association of Cook County Inc. and is the co-coordinator of the Berwyn Memorial Day Parade.

Also being recognized at the event will be Daliborka Djonlic as Volunteer of the Year. Djonlic volunteered three days a week in the Early Learners program for the past two years.

The Family of the Year award will be presented to two siblings, Xavier and Alex Ramos. They have volunteered in sports, family and preschool activities at various events, including helping to sell Christmas trees at the YMCA’s annual fundraiser or working in the YMCA’s haunted house at the Halloween Happenings event.

Andrea Maurey, Marketing and Financial Development director at the Pav YMCA, will receive the Dean S. Johnson President’s Award for her work on the Y’s annual campaign.

Since 1977, the Pav YMCA annually honors the memory of Berwyn resident Robert W. Teeter by recognizing one outstanding community leader as the recipient of the Robert W. Teeter Award. The YMCA further celebrates community by presenting awards for Family and Volunteer of the Year.

The signature event is also the Pav YMCA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from the event benefit the Y’s annual support campaign, which provides financial assistance to the kids and families that need the YMCA the most. Every year, the YMCA awards nearly $45,000 in scholarships and fee assistance to more than 400 people who are otherwise unable to participate in preschool, after-school child care, summer camp or YMCA membership because of financial circumstances.

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