The YMCA of Greater Brandywine has announced the recipients of its three highest awards: the Service to Youth Award, the Community Partner Award, and the Distinguished Service Award. All three award recipients have supported and advanced YGBW’s core pillars of youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.  

“As our organization grappled with the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, these three award recipients continued to go above and in support of our community,” said Denise Day, president and CEO of YGBW. “We are incredibly fortunate to have community partners and volunteers that care about our cause as much as we do.”   

Distinguished Service Award  

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes the effort and achievement of the YMCA’s most special friends and emphasizes the need for community service by all citizens. Recipients of this award have set a standard of leadership that others follow.  

Jim Horn, CEO of the Tri-M Group, is the 2021 recipient. He recently completed a two-year term as the Chair of the YMCA of Greater Brandywine’s Board of Directors, where he played an integral role in steering the association through the pandemic.

Horn began his involvement with the YMCA over 18 years ago and was initially drawn to volunteer with the Y because “the Y included people from all age groups and all walks of life.”  

As he became more passionate about the mission, he grew his involvement to include hosting board and donor events at his home, chairing the annual campaign, volunteering at events, and generously contributing to the annual campaign, capital campaigns, and special projects.   

“Jim is a trifecta volunteer — generous with his time, talent, and treasures,” said Day.