The Hopewell Valley YMCA this week announced that Chris Murphy and Jon Butler have been selected as the 2017 recipients of the Larry Rothwell Social Responsibility Award. Chris and Jon will be recognized at the YMCA’s Spring for the Y “Champagne Tailgate” charity event on the evening of Friday, April 28 at the historic Glenmoore Barn in Hopewell Township. A limited number of tickets and sponsorship opportunities remain available.
The Larry Rothwell Social Responsibility Award recognizes local heroes and leaders whose service to others has become a guiding light to our community. Named after Larry Rothwell of Pennington Quality Market for his continued philanthropy and service to Hopewell Valley and beyond, the award emphasizes a premier area of focus of the Hopewell Valley YMCA’s charitable mission, programs and services. The Larry Rothwell Social Responsibility Award was first presented to Sheryl Stone in 2013, followed by Jean & John Gianacaci of Christine’s Hope for Kids in 2014, Phil “Cream King” Volpe in 2015, and Kim Bruno in 2016. In choosing this year’s honorees, the YMCA’s nominating community unanimously concluded that the Murphy/Butler couple has worked to make a difference in the lives of many in our community every day. But more importantly, just like the Rothwell family, they inspire countless others to do more.
The Spring for the Y “Champagne Tailgate” takes place on Friday, April 28th at the Glenmoore Barn from 6:30-9:30PM. Ticket and corporate sponsorship information is available at hvymca.org or by calling 609-737-3048.
About the honorees:
Chris Murphy and Jon Butler have been long-time champions for youth throughout Hopewell Valley and have supported the YMCA and its programs for many years. Chris owns The Front Porch in Pennington, where she was recently recognized as Business of the Year by the Pennington Economic Development Committee. She was also recognized by the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation for her community leadership. Chris has served as past president of the Pennington Business & Professional Association, and serves on the Pennington EDC. She had dedicated more than 8 years as treasurer to three local PTOs (Toll Gate Grammar, Timberlane, and Hopewell Valley Central High School). The Front Porch was also a leading sponsor for the “Turf’s Up” project of the Recreation Foundation of Hopewell Valley.
Jon Butler is the Executive Director of Pop Warner Little Scholars, an international youth sports organization. For his volunteer work with fundraising and recruiting for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Philadelphia, Jon was recently recognized by the Chapel of the Four Chaplains. In 2006, he was selected as the Hershey’s S.T.R.I.V.E Awards’ National Youth Sports Administrator of the Year. Jon was elected Vice President of the National Council of Youth Sports. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Children’s Literacy and Book Alliance, the Editorial Advisory Board of Sports Events Magazine, the Diversity Committee of U.S. Lacrosse, the Board of Directors of USA Football. Jon just “retired” from serving on the Hopewell Valley Board of Education, and he presently serves as co-chair of the Recreation Foundation of Hopewell Valley.
YMCA CEO Doug Pszczolkowski shared, “When I think of community leaders, Chris Murphy and Jon Butler immediately come to mind. They are strong supporters of youth throughout Hopewell Valley and inspire local business owners and organizations to join them in providing resources and positive experiences in youth sports and leadership programming.”
“Thanks to Chris and Jon, our area athletes have a place to call home at the High School’s turf field, our teens have a safe place for supervised activities at our YMCA’s ‘YAC’ Teen Center, and countless Hopewell Valley children, regardless of need, have the camp, sports and before/after school care that area families need,” stated YMCA President Ryan Kennedy. “We could not do what we do without leaders like Chris and Jon, and I’m honored to have the YMCA be among the many worthy causes they support in the Hopewell Valley.”
About the YMCA and the Spring for the Y Event:
The YMCA invites you to join them in a champagne toast to Chris and Jon on April 28 to raise much needed funds to support the group’s charitable mission. In addition to recognizing this year’s awardees, this Spring for the Y Charity Cocktail Event will honor two Hopewell Valley students with college scholarships: one to a graduating athlete in the wrestling program as part of the YMCA’s Tom Jackson Champions Sports Fund, and a second scholarship to one of the many YMCA teen volunteers or employees. Local musicians, All For Bettee, will provide live entertainment.
Proceeds from this event will benefit the YMCA’s Annual Campaign, which provides operating expenses for the Hopewell Valley Youth Activity center (the “YAC”), celebrating more than five years of providing a safe and fun environment for the young teens in our community. Proceeds also provide financial assistance to families for childcare services, summer camp, Safety Town for our area’s incoming kindergartners, swimming lessons, youth sports, dance classes, and our multiple Special Olympics teams. Early sponsors include Pennington Quality Market, Dahlia Florals, Orion Jewelry, Occasions Paperie, Tom & Patti Finn, and Glenmoore Farm. Benefactors include Rene Belder & Suzette Belder-Carr, Ryan Kennedy, Doug & Amy Pszczolkowski, Heather O’Connell, Mike & Claire Shevlin, and Karen & Brit West.
The Hopewell Valley YMCA is a charitable organization dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind, and body through programs which promote good health, strong families, youth leadership, and community development. YMCA’s are open to men, women, and children of all ages, abilities, races, and religions.