Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA to hold Leadership Dinner, Back Mountain residents among honorees

For Dallas Post | September 14th, 2016 4:08 pm

WILKES-BARRE — The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will honor John Riccetti, Jay Amory, Gretchen Seidel Sevison and Community Bank N.A. at the 2016 Leadership Dinner Oct. 6.

The annual event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception and silent auction followed by a dinner at 6:30 p.m. and an awards ceremony at the Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre.

Tickets are $100 per person. For information, call Jamie Eustice at 570-970-5027, or emailing Jamie.Eustice@wbymca.org.

Proceeds from the event will benefit early childhood education programs at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.

Riccetti, a member of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA Board of Directors since 2000, will receive the 2016 Robert K. Mericle Leadership Award.

The award was established to honor an individual who promotes the mission of the YMCA and enhance the quality of life within the community.

Riccetti, a Certified Public Accountant, serves as a “watchdog” over the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA’s finances, offering his counsel and direction on capital improvements, financing packages and finances associated with improvements and long-term goals of the organization.

Also, Riccetti assisted with many YMCA projects and events including, Camp Kresge, Bernie’s Run, Vista/Peace Corps in Idaho, a Dallas Youth Basketball coach, a Back Mountain Baseball coach and a volunteer with the South Wilkes-Barre Teeners League.

Riccetti, a senior manager at Baker Tilly since 2000, resides with his wife, Tracy Innes, and their two children, Scot and Lee, in Shavertown.

Seidel Sevison will receive the 2016 Frank M. Henry Layperson of the Year Award.

The award recognizes an unsung hero at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, who volunteers their time and services for the betterment of the organization and community.

She served as executive assistant to executive director Jim Thomas for 14 years, before retiring in March 2015. She currently serves on the board of directors.

She participated on many committees since 2001, including the golf committee, the leadership committee and the executive committee.

One of her accomplishments was developing a partnership with Mohegan Sun at Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, which established live harness racing for the YMCA’s annual Night at the Races.

She resides in Wilkes-Barre with her husband, Brent Sevison. They have two children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Jay Amory will receive the 2016 George Brandt Community Service Award.

The award is awarded annually to a volunteer who demonstrates a strong commitment to dedication to Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.

Amory is a member of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA Board of Trustees.

He volunteered for a variety of events including, the Rogers Basketball Tournament, YMCA wrestling tournaments, the Night at the Races fundraiser, Leadership Dinner, Capital Campaign, Annual Campaign and Bernie’s Run.

He is a chairman of the golf tournament that provides funding for underprivileged children to attend the Wilkes-Barre YMCA day camp.

He is employed with Zimmer Orthopedics for the past 31 years. Amory lives in Dallas with Darcie Schaffer.

Community Bank N.A. will be awarded the 2016 YMCA Corporate Leadership Award recognizing the bank as a corporate supporter of the YMCA.

Seidel Sevison
http://www.mydallaspost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_Gretchen-Sevison.jpgSeidel Sevison

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Information provided by Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA.