The Wilton Family YMCA has opened nominations for the Distinguished Citizen Awards, which are presented at the YMCA’s Farm to Table Community Celebration every year by the Riverbrook Regional YMCA. Nominations are open for anyone in the Norwalk, Redding and Wilton community to submit a candidate.

The Distinguished Citizen Awards have been made since 1986, and to date 81 individuals, organizations and businesses have received the award.  The criteria for the Distinguished Citizen Award is a person, civic group or business who has made a significant difference in Wilton, Norwalk or Redding’s quality of life by giving exemplary and longstanding volunteer service to the community.

The Awards will be presented at the Y’s annual Community Celebration benefit. Funds raised during the event support the Y’s mission to be open and accessible to all, so that everyone in the community has an opportunity to participate in Y membership, programs, services and social activities, regardless of financial situation or ability. The Y awards $500,000 annually for financial assistance and community outreach programs so that children can attend summer day camp, senior citizens can participate in water exercise, adults can rehabilitate from an accident or chronic illness, and families can spend quality swimming together at the Y.

Nomination forms for the Distinguished Citizen Award can be obtained by contacting Christene Freedman, director of development for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA at 203.762.8384, ext. 279 or via email. The submission deadline for nominations is March 11. For more information on the Award or on the YMCA’s Farm to Table Community Celebration, contact Freedman.