ARCHIVE OF EVENTS
January - April 2014
GYAC Collects Toys for Christmas Gift Exchange
Think about the toy you really, really wanted for Christmas. What about the toy that you played with daily, took everywhere you went, even slept with? Contribute to great childhood memories by donating a new toy or game to the Gifford Youth Activity Center.
The toy collection for the annual Gifford Youth Activity Center Christmas Exchange is now in progress. Each year the Activity Center collects toys for children ages 6 to 18. For many GYAC children these toys are the only Christmas gifts they will receive. You can help by bringing unwrapped new toys or your tax deductible donation to Gifford Youth Activity Center before December 19th. The Center is located at 4875 43rd Avenue in Vero Beach. Donations can be dropped-off on weekdays between 8am-6pm. Gifts will be wrapped and sorted according to age by staff and volunteers. Presents will be distributed to the children at the GYAC Christmas event. If your neighborhood or service club would like to have toys picked up, please call GYAC at (772) 794-1005 to arrange it.
The Gifford Youth Activity Center is a United Way Agency and 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization offering a comprehensive after-school program to students K-12. Teachers provide structured daily homework assistance, tutoring, educational enrichment and encouragement. In the later afternoon, students enjoy cultural and recreational activities.
For additional information please contact: Mr. Freddie Woolfork, 772-794-1005 x234
Jeffrey L. Susi is 2013 Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Honoree
The Gifford Youth Activity Center has announced Jeffrey L. Susi as the 2013 Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Award honoree. Mr. Susi, president and CEO of Indian River Medical Center, will receive the award at a celebration November 4th at The Moorings Club in Vero Beach. The event begins at 5:30pm with a social hour followed by dinner and music from the Gifford Youth Orchestra. Tickets are $200 per person and can be reserved by sending a check to Gifford Youth Activity Center.
The Dan K. Richardson Humanitarian Award was established seven years ago by the Gifford Youth Activity Center Board of Directors to honor the leadership role Mr. Richardson played as a founder of GYAC and numerous other charitable endeavors. The award is presented to citizens who have distinguished themselves through their commitment to improving the welfare and happiness of all people who live and work in Indian River County.
Joining the medical center in 1998, Mr. Susi's vision and leadership has been the driving force behind the transformation of Indian River Medical Center from a good community hospital to an outstanding, top-quality medical center affiliated with Duke Medicine for heart and cancer care services. Under his direction, since 2005, the medical center has completed a $105-million master facility plan including a state-of-the-art ER; a heart center consistently rated one of the top cardiac surgery programs in America; a surgical intensive care unit and recovery room; and a patient pavilion. IRMC's current focus is to elevate cancer care for our community with a comprehensive cancer program affiliated with Duke Medicine already underway.
In addition to his professional contributions, Jeff's volunteer involvement over the years has included serving as Healthcare Division Chair for United Way; being a board member for the Florida Hospital Association and Red Cross; and involvement in the Mental Health Association and Mental Health Collaboration. He presently serves on the board of directors for The Moorings Club, the Florida State University College of Medicine Community Board and as an affiliate faculty member of Xavier University.
The inaugural recipient and namesake of the award was Mr. Dan Richardson. Alma Lee Loy, Ellie & Bob McCabe, Father Richard Murphy, Dr. Hugh & Ann Marie McCrystal, Carter W. Hopkins & Dr. A Ronald Hudson, and Champ & Debbie Sheridan have also received this honor.
GYAC is located at 4875 43rd Avenue in Gifford. It is a 501 (3) (c) organization and a United Way Agency. For additional information, please contact Nathan Bruckner at Gifford Youth Activity Center, 772-794-1005 Ext 224 or via email.