“All the Y’s mean something to me; you cannot beat a Y. There’s nothing like it anywhere,” said Stephanos.
The event also gave YWCA Greater Newburyport a chance to honor two local business women, Charlene Dolan and Nancy McCarthy, as this year’s Community Champions.
Dolan, owner of Dolan Financial Services, was recognized for helping countless women achieve financial literacy and stability by teaching them how to achieve financial independence and uncover destructive financial habits that block them from providing security for themselves and their families.
“Often we behave without really understanding why we do what we do,” Dolan said.
As co-owner of Natural High Fitness Club, McCarthy has empowered women by unleashing the inner athlete in them and at the same time providing the inspiration they need to improve their physical strength and endurance, according to YWCA Greater Newburyport officials.
“I’m really honored. Of all the things to be recognized for, this really fits in with what my mission has been,” McCarthy said.
Among those spotted in the crowd at yesterday’s luncheon were Greater Newburyport Chamber of Commerce & Industry President Ann Ormond, Newburyport Mayor Donna Holaday and Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank President Janice Morse.