Eight York County leaders honored at Spirit of YoCo awards

Lindsey O'Laughlin
York Dispatch

Eight leaders in York County were recognized Wednesday for their contributions to improving the quality of life for all county residents.

In her opening remarks during an awards ceremony at Wyndham Garden York, Claire Forbush, chair of the York County Economic Alliance Board of Directors, said York County continues to make impressive strides forward in driving economic growth and bringing prosperity to all residents.

"We face our share of challenges and obstacles, no different than any other community," she said. "But proven on days like today, there are few challenges that we cannot surmount as a collective community of willing individuals."

I.D.E.A.S Center Director Melissa Plotkin laughs with York County Economic Alliance president and CEO Kevin Schreiber during the Spirit of YoCo Awards at Wyndham Garden York Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. The ceremony, sponsored by the YCEA, recognized community-impact leaders in the county. Plotkin's group was awarded the Diversity Impact Award. Bill Kalina photo

The following people and organizations received awards:

  • Nonprofit Community Impact Award: Olivia’s House, a resource center for children experiencing grief or loss.
  • Community Service Award: Jolene and Jules Tolbert, who have supported ongoing revitalization efforts in the City of York.
  • Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year Award: Eric Holmes, recently retired superintendent of York City School District.
  • Appointed Official of the Year Award: Michael Newsome, secretary of the Office of Administration for Gov. Tom Wolf.
  • Elected Official of the Year Award: Dave Sunday, York County district attorney.
  • Volunteer of the Year Award: Matthew Fuhrman, volunteer ambassador for the York County Economic Alliance.
  • Nonprofit/Government Employee of the Year Award: Gwen Loose, executive director of the York County Rail Trail Authority.
  • Diversity Impact Award Winner: The I.D.E.A.S. Center, an organization advocating for diversity, inclusion and fair and equitable policies in business, government and nonprofit organizations.
York County President Commissioner Susan Byrnes reacts after winning a ticket lottery during the York County Economic Alliance's Spirit of YoCo Awards at Wyndham Garden York Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019. She won a free ticket to the DrawDown & Silent Auction Dinner, a fundraiser for the YCEA. Wednesday's ceremony recognized community-impact leaders in the county. Bill Kalina photo

The 2019 Spirit of YoCo Awards were presented by the York County Economic Alliance and RKL, a financial services firm.

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