The Riverbrook Regional YMCA/Wilton Family Y has opened the call for nominations for the Distinguished Citizen Awards, which are made at the YMCA’s Farm to Table Community Celebration, being held Sunday, Sept. 23. Anyone in the Norwalk, Redding and Wilton community may submit a candidate for consideration.

The Distinguished Citizen Awards have been made since 1986, and to date 84 recipients, 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 benefit. Funds raised during the event support the Y’s mission to be open and accessible to all, so that everyone in our 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, the chief development officer for the Riverbrook Regional YMCA at 203.762.8384, ext. 279, or via email. The submission deadline is July 20. Contact Freedman as well for more information on the Award or on the YMCA’s Farm to Table Community Celebration.

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA has been an integral part of the fabric of the Wilton community for 40 years, providing more than 120 programs to over 9,000 community members. As a charitable organization the Y continues to rely on the support of sponsors, donors and the public to continue its mission of maximizing the personal potential of all individuals in the community. By nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving the community’s health and well-being, and supporting and serving its neighbors, the Riverbrook Regional YMCA offers the opportunity to become healthier, more confident, connected and secure.