Keene Family YMCA CEO Helene Mogridge has won the prestigious 2017 Sandi Van Scoyoc Legacy Award from New Hampshire’s HNH Foundation in honor of her commitment to improving the health of young children. It is the first time an individual from the Monadnock Region has won the award. “I’m truly humbled,” said Helene. The Keene Family YMCA, and all the YMCAs in NH, are devoted to the wellbeing of our kids and their families. So many of them are struggling with challenges and hardship. The goals of all YMCAs is to always support them financially and emotionally through their life journey.”
According to HNH Foundation President Gail Garceau, the award is given annually to one organization or individual who exemplifies outstanding commitment to best practices in support of children and families. It includes a $2,500 prize. Ms. Garceau said that Helene was selected by the HNH Foundation’s Board of Directors from a competitive field of nominees from throughout New Hampshire.
NH State Rep. John Hunt of Rindge, who is an Board Member, said: “Helene was exactly the type of person we were looking for because of her breadth of knowledge, her focus on kids, and her ability to have an impact on the community. She was heads above the field.” Hunt added that the Keene Family YMCA’s focus on the “whole child” fit exactly with HNH Foundation’s mission. “The Y does a wonderful job with children,” he said.
The Legacy Award is the second honor for Helene this year. In August, she won the Keene Sentinel’s Extraordinary Women award along with 14 other women doing noteworthy work in the area.
HNH Foundation is New Hampshire’s leading funder for children’s health. Its mission is to improve the health and wellness of New Hampshire’s population, with a focus on its most vulnerable children.