Spirit of the Valley Award Luncheon, Aug. 17

Spirit of the Valley Materials

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2016 Pledge Card (PDF)

Website List of Pledge Cards- Revised 7-7-16

YMCA of Kanawha Valley offers free health and wellness programs to hundreds of area children, families and people in need, made possible by fundraising efforts that support its Community Assistance Fund, which is heavily supported by the annual Spirit of the Valley campaign. The award recognizes a community member who exemplifies community service, and the effort engages a group of 300 volunteers who conduct outreach to generate pledges for the fund.

This year’s award recipient is Mary Jean Davis. She devoted her life to making Charleston a better place to live, work and play.

Elected a member-at-large of Charleston’s City Council in 1999, Mary Jean Davis has been a guiding force in Charleston’s renaissance of the past two decades. From the physical improvements on the banks of the Kanawha River and the upgrades currently underway at the Charleston Civic Center to the less obvious adoption of policies combatting dilapidated structures and creating the Charleston Historic Landmarks Commission, Mary Jean works tirelessly on a range of issues to ready Charleston for the next generation. She has served on the Charleston Civic Center Board for more than a decade and is currently a board member of the Charleston Convention & Visitor’s Bureau. In her role as a City Council representative, Mary Jean chairs City Council’s Committee on Planning, serves on Charleston’s Municipal Planning Commission and the Charleston Urban Renewal Authority. This work has also lead to her involvement in efforts like the Charleston Land Trust, the Home Rule Committee, Project West Invest, Charleston Area Alliance’s Community Development Division, and Kanawha County’s Regional Development Authority.

Mary Jean has twice been recognized by the Office of the Governor of the State of West Virginia (2003 and 2011) for her leadership and service in Charleston’s Main Street communities. She has been recognized for her work in the housing arena by the Religious Coalition for Community Renewal. And Charleston Area Alliance honored her as a “Servant Leader” at their annual ceremony in 2009. Earlier this year, Mary Jean was recognized by the YWCA as a Woman of Achievement.

Mary Jean has been married for 53 years and has 3 children, 11 grandchildren, and 1 dog. She is a member of First Presbyterian Church, a recent graduate of the Citizen Police Academy, and has been trained Certified Emergency Response Team.

This is an abbreviated list of the many efforts Mary Jean has made to enrich the lives of all Charlestonians and West Virginians throughout the Kanawha Valley. We’re lucky to have her on our side.

For more information contact LeeAnn Doyle at (304) 340-3527 or email ldoyle@ymcaofkv.org.

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Past Recipients
1985 – John M. Wells Sr.
1986 – Sidney P. Davis Jr.
1987 – Bert Bradford Jr. M.D.
1988 – Lawson W. Hamilton Jr.
1989 – James M. Poindexter
1990 – Isaac N. Smith Jr.
1991 – James R. Thomas II
1992 – Warren Point, M.D.
1993 – Lyell B. Clay
1994 – Martha G. Wehrle
1995 – William T. Brotherton Jr.
1996 – Angus E. Peyton
1997 – Thomas E. Potter
1998 – John L. McClaugherty
1999 – Bertie Cohen
2000 – Thad D. Epps
2001 – Joseph C. Jefferds Jr.
2002 – Lewis N. McManus
2003 – John F. McGee
2004 – Betty Schoenbaum
2005 – John Wells Jr.
2006 – Edward H. Maier
2007 – Dr. Ed Welch
2008 – J. Holmes Morrison
2009 – Charles T. Jones
2010 – Brooks F. McCabe Jr.
2011 – Nelle Ratrie Chilton
2012 – T. Randolph Cox
2013 – K. Richard C. Sinclair
2014 – Governor Gaston W. Caperton III
2015- John Elliot