Redmond-based celebrated its 60th anniversary with a reception at Bellevue’s Harbor Club on Wednesday.
After a keynote address by one of the agency’s earliest executive directors, Dr. Wayne Strom, the agency recognized those who have contributed a lasting legacy to Friends of Youth.
Teresa Dahl, a 15-year board member of the agency who has made countless contributions to the agency’s success was given the Legacy Board Award, to honor extraordinary board service that goes above and beyond the expectations and sets a standard for dedication and commitment.
The Legacy Staff Award, recognizing a staff member whose enormous dedication, devotion and excellence has left a legacy that endures far past their tenure, was presented to J. Howard Finck for his storied 26-year career at Friends of Youth, spanning from the late 1970s through the new millennium.
Legacy Supporter Awards, recognizing an individual or group that has provided lasting and meaningful support to Friends of Youth were presented to:
- The Rainier Unit of Friends of Youth, accepted by Dorothy Allen, a 50-year member of the unit that has provided ongoing support for the agency’s work; and
- Mary Fleckenstein Simpson, a board member of the Friends of Youth Foundation and co-chair of the agency’s successful 2001 capital campaign for the Griffin Home Campus in Renton.
A plaque for each award will hang in the lobby of the agency’s administrative offices in Redmond, a tradition of gratitude and celebration that the agency expects to continue for the next 60 years of its work in support of the most vulnerable youth and young adults of our community.
To learn more about Friends of Youth, visit www.friendsofyouth.org.
— Information submitted by Friends of Youth