Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA To Present Awards At Leadership Dinner
The Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA will honor John Riccetti, Jay Amory, Gretchen Seidel Sevison, and Community Bank N.A. at the organization’s 2016 Leadership Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 6. The event will be held at the Westmoreland Club, 59 South Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. A cocktail reception will begin at 5 p.m. along with a silent auction, followed by dinner and awards at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for the leadership dinner are $100 per person. Corporate sponsorships, program ads and tickets are available by calling Jamie Eustice at the YMCA at 570-970-5027, or email Jamie.Eustice@wbymca.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit early childhood education at the YMCA. John Riccetti, Robert K. Mericle Leadership Award John Riccetti will receive the 2016 Robert K. Mericle Leadership Award, which honors an individual who demonstrates exemplary efforts in furthering the mission of the YMCA and enhancing the quality of life in the community. He has been an active member of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA Board of Directors since 2000. A certified public accountant, Riccetti offers his counsel and direction to the YMCA regarding capital improvements, financing packages, and finances associated with YMCA improvements and long-term goals. He has headed the Finance Committee and, as treasurer of the board, provides guidance and input relative to a variety of financial matters. He has helped secure the necessary conventional financing to supplement and, where necessary, replace other resources. Riccetti is also a member of the executive committee of the board. He volunteers for many YMCA events, including the annual Bernie’s Run held on July 4. Riccetti also has assisted on a variety of projects at the YMCA and Camp Kresge, including building painting projects, the relocation of equipment within the YMCA gyms and the annual clean-up at Camp Kresge. He also has served with Vista/Peace Corps in Idaho, and as a Dallas youth basketball coach, a Back Mountain baseball coach and a volunteer with the South Wilkes-Barre Teeners League. A senior manager at Baker Tilly since 2000, Riccetti previously served as general manager and CFO for Karchner Refrigeration/Karchner Logistics. He has been a partner with Parente Randolph and WH Johnson & Company. He and his wife, Tracy Innes, live in Shavertown and have two children, Scot and Lee. Gretchen Seidel Sevison, Frank M. Henry Layperson of the Year Award Gretchen Seidel Sevison will be presented with the 2016 Frank M. Henry Layperson of the Year Award. The award recognizes an unsung hero at the YMCA, one who contributes their time and services for the betterment of the organization and the local community. She served as executive assistant to Executive Director Jim Thomas at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA for 14 years, prior to her retirement in March 2015. She currently serves on the board of directors. Sevison has been a part of and has volunteered on almost all of the YMCA’s committees since 2001, including the golf committee, the leadership committee and the executive committee. She worked, in partnership with Mohegan Sun at Pocono and the Pennsylvania Harness Horsemen’s Association, to establish live harness racing for the YMCA’s annual Night at the Races. Under her direction, the Night at the Races became one of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA’s largest fundraisers. Prior to her work at the YMCA, Sevison was a medical office manager for Pediatric Allergy Associates of Hartford, Conn., and Dr. Richard Blum, Wilkes-Barre. A Brownie and Girl Scout leader, and a Sunday school teacher, she has spent time each summer for many years working with Habitat for Humanity across the country. She also did mission work in Malawi, Africa. She served as secretary of the Wilkes-Barre Downtown Business Association for eight years and is currently a member of the board of directors. Sevison grew up in Milton, and attended the local YMCA throughout her youth. The YMCA remains an important part of her family life. Her son Erik and his dad, Ron, were YMCA Indian guides in Hartford and her great-grandson, Hunter, was involved in Wilkes-Barre YMCA children’s programming from age 6 months to 5 years old. Sevison attended college at Virginia Intermont in Bristol, Va. She and her husband, Brent Sevison, live in Wilkes-Barre and have two children, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Jay Amory, George Brandt Community Service Award Jay Amory will receive the 2016 George Brandt Community Service Award. The award is named in honor of YMCA board member George Brandt, who passed away in September 2015. The award is bestowed annually to a volunteer who demonstrates the type of exceptional service that Brandt did as an active member and volunteer of the Wilkes-Barre YMCA for more than 60 years. Amory has been a member of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA for more than 35 years. He is a former board member and past president, and currently he serves on the board of trustees. He received the Wilkes-Barre YMCA Layperson of the Year Award in 1988. Amory has volunteered for a variety of events to benefit the YMCA 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 currently chairman of the golf tournament that provides funding for underprivileged children to attend YMCA day camp. Amory is a graduate of Meyers High School and earned an associate degree from Penn State Wilkes-Barre and a Bachelor of Science from King’s College. He has been employed with Zimmer Orthopedics for the past 31 years. He resides in Dallas with Darcie Schaffer. Community Bank N.A., YMCA Corporate Leadership Award Community Bank N.A., will receive the 2016 YMCA Corporate Leadership Award recognizing the bank as an corporate supporter of the YMCA. Community Bank N.A. operates a branch network with 32 locations in northeastern Pennsylvania and nearly 168 locations across New York State. In Pennsylvania, the 32 branches span Luzerne, Lackawanna, Carbon, Bradford, Wyoming, and Susquehanna counties. Headquartered in DeWitt, N.Y., the bank has more than 2,000 employees. It first opened in 1866. Community Bank System Inc. has assets of approximately $8.5 billion and is known for a tradition of a community-focused approach in smaller markets. The bank received national recognition for customer satisfaction from J.D. Power and Associates, and financial performance from Forbes. In 2015, the bank was named most trusted bank in the Northeast in the MSR Best in Retail Banking Awards. It celebrated its 150th birthday in 2016, and is among the country’s 150 largest financial institutions. • The WilkesBarre Family YMCA is located at 40 W. Northampton St., Wilkes-Barre, and is a member agency of the United Way of Wyoming Valley. Visit them on Facebook and at www.wbymca.org for information on programs and services.