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Holly Metzger-Brown said she had to read the announcement two or three times before she believed she'd been chosen to receive the Non-Profit/Government Employee of the Year Award from the York County Economic Alliance.

"It was just a really delightful surprise because no one really talked about it," she said. "I didn’t hear any buzzwords."

Metzger-Brown was one of seven local community leaders recognized at the Spirit of YoCo Awards on  Wednesday, Sept. 26, for their contributions to the county.

Metzger-Brown has worked as the youth fitness director at the York Jewish Community Center for 12 years. Her specialty is tennis, and she runs her own private tennis coaching company in addition to coaching  boys' and girls' high school tennis teams.

"Everyone is active, everyone is participating, and everyone’s having just an amazing time," she said of the kids she works with at the community center.

Mike Jefferson, director of the Crispus Attucks Center for Employment and Training, received the Community Service Award.

Jefferson, who moved to York County from Philadelphia more than 30 years ago, said he appreciated the recognition but added that anyone who truly deserves a community service award should feel a little uncomfortable receiving it.

"I don’t do community work, or have not gotten involved in this community, to receive honors for it," he said. "I got into it for the sheer reward of trying to help the community in which I live, work and play."

Jefferson said he was excited to be able to represent the African-American community, and he's a member of the Black Ministers Association of York.

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The Non-Profit Community Impact Award was presented to Give Local York, a new annual campaign designed to direct the community toward a 24-hour "Big Give" marathon the first Friday of every May.

The organization raised nearly $1.5 million during its inaugural campaign on May 4, 2018.

Meagan Given, executive director of Give Local York, said the goal of the organization is to open a conversation about philanthropy in York County and to shine a spotlight on all of the hard-working nonprofit organizations in the area.

"It was very validating to be recognized and to receive the nonprofit impact award because it shows that the event is really doing what it’s designed to do and that the community recognizes that," Given said.

Other winners:

  • James Sterner, assistant principal at Susquehannock High School — Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year
  • Nadine Hubner, board member at Leadership York, York County History Center, Hopewell Fish and Game Association and Adams Electric Co-Operative — Appointed Official of the Year
  • York City Councilwoman Sandie Walker — Elected Official of the Year
  • Amy Reinert, owner of Express Employment Professionals — Volunteer of the Year
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