More than 140 guests attended the Princeton Family YMCA’s fifth annual Centennial Awards reception, which recognized eight individuals for their commitment to social responsibility in the Princeton region.
This year’s reception highlighted the work of two restaurateurs, Raoul and Carlo Momo of the Terra Momo Restaurant Group, who are committed to innovative partnerships in the community; the Buck family’s Horizon Foundation, a multi-generational family foundation that is committed to positive social change; John and Jean Gianacaci, who created a foundation in their late daughter Christine’s memory; and lastly, the Y bestowed its first Lifetime Achievement Centennial Award to James A. Floyd of Princeton, a Princeton resident since 1946 who has led a life deeply committed to human rights, faith and service. Rita Nini of Lawrence Township chaired the event.
The awards presentation is conducted entirely by young people involved with YMCA programs. Teens serve as the program’s moderators and present the awards. Before the event, presenters interview their honorees and learn about their work, passions and accomplishments.
This year’s presenters were Jessica Bai, 15, of Princeton, Russell Best, 14 (Somerset), Luke Brown, 15 (Hopewell), Olu Olorode, 15 (West Windsor), Dara Morris, 15, (Cranbury) and Chelsea-Mia Pierre, 16, (Princeton).