YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing Names Award after Kellie Dean of Dean Transportation
Friday, January 8, 2016
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 8, 2016
YMCA of Lansing
Lansing, MI – The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing recently named a new annual award after local philanthropist, generous YMCA supporter and advocate, Kellie Dean, president and CEO of Dean Transportation. The name of the award is called the Kellie P. Dean Healthy Living Partnership Award.
The inaugural award was presented to Dean by the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s President and CEO, Jeff Scheibel during the YMCA’s Holiday Board Dinner in December.
“We wanted to honor Kellie with a small token of our appreciation and gratitude for his support, leadership and influence on the Y’s new Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen by naming this award after him,” said Scheibel.
In May of 2015, Dean donated a bus that he is also transforming into a Mobile Kitchen. The Healthy Living Mobile Kitchen will launch in the Spring to help feed and educate children and families without access to food in the Lansing community.
The purpose of the award is to recognize community organizations that showcase the characteristics of commitment, development and collaboration, all things that Dean exemplifies. The three key characteristics that future award winners will need to exhibit are:
· A commitment to improving and expanding access to healthy living opportunities for everyone in the community
· The ability to develop and deliver a sustainable program model
· A demonstrated commitment to partner, collaborate and work with others
“The 2015 award was given to Dean Transportation. For each year following, the award will be given to a community partner in the greater Lansing area that is investing in the health of our community,” added Scheibel. “We thank Kellie Dean for his philanthropy in the greater Lansing community and his support of the YMCA.”
About the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing
The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing and DeWitt. The YMCA employs nearly 500 individuals and serves nearly 16,000 memberships throughout the community. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Y’s engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. www.ymcaoflansing.org and www.ymca.net.