Leaders of the Greenpoint Y on Dec. 5 honored local do-gooders for their extraordinary efforts and involvement in the community during its third annual Spirit of Community Service Awards Dinner.
The five honorees — including Donald Minerva, Martha Holstein, Greenpoint Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, and Gina and Tony Argento of Broadway Stages — all exemplify what it means to give back, and are more like superheroes for the ways in which they help children and families, according to the head of the Greenpoint Y, which provides programs and classes, such as swimming, day care, adult sports, and other health and wellness programs.
“The Greenpoint Y is so lucky to have supportive and special individuals that advocate for our neighborhood. We are so proud to honor them today,” said executive director Kendall Charter.
Msgr. Jamie Gigantiello, pastor of Williamsburg’s Shrine Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, handed out the awards to the five heroes during the superhero-themed dinner, which Y board member Frank Carbone emceed.
Youngsters from the Y’s SACC after-school program sang and danced to “Jingle Bell Rock” and “Holding Out for A Hero” during the awards dinner, which raised cash to support Y programs, like after-school swim and camp.— Julianne Cuba