The Wilton Family YMCA, a branch of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA,  has announced that nominations for the Distinguished Citizen Awards, which are made at the Wilton Farm to Table Community Celebration in May, are now open for anyone in the 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’s quality of life by giving exemplary and longstanding volunteer service to the community.

The Awards will be presented at the Y’s annual 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 time swimming together at the Y.

Nomination forms for the Distinguished Citizen Award can be obtained by contacting Christene Freedman, director of Development & Marketing for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA at 203.762.8384, ext. 279 or via email. Submission deadline is March 11, 2016. Contact Freedman as well for more information on the Award or on the Wilton Farm to Table Community Celebration scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Millstone Farm.

Serving the coastal city of Norwalk as well as the towns of Georgetown, Redding and Wilton, the Riverbrook Regional YMCA provides services to 134,000 residents across diverse communities. The YMCA is a member-supported charitable organization dedicated to promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility by offering a broad range of health enhancing, recreational, educational and social programs that are affordable and accessible to all people in the communities we serve. Our vision is to use all available resources to maximize the personal potential of every person in the community who is affiliated with or takes advantage of our exceptional Y programs and facilities.

Pictured above:  2015 honorees Becky and Steve Hudspeth with Wilton YMCA executive director Bob McDowell.