2019 Centennial Awards

October 24, 2019 all-day

This year, the prestigious YMCA Centennial Award will recognize remarkable individuals in our community who demonstrate outstanding commitment to supporting their neighbors and serving the greater good; and who lead by example through community service, philanthropy and by putting others first.

The Centennial Awards reception is the Princeton Family YMCA’s one and only major fundraising event that invites local businesses, corporations and individuals to support the YMCA mission in the Princeton region.  The Centennial Award is named in honor of the YMCA of Princeton’s 100th year of service to the Princeton region, which was celebrated in 2008.  Proceeds raised from this annual event help the YMCA deliver its mission-driven programs and activities to more than 7,000 individuals annually in the region and help ensure that critical YMCA programs and activities are accessible to anyone, regardless of financial circumstances.

The YMCA Centennial Awards is an after-work cocktail reception.  This year, the event will be held at the Princeton Family YMCA in the Dodge gymnasium on Thursday, October 24 from 6:00 pm to 9:00pm. 

About The Event

Each year, four to eight awards are given to distinguished individuals in the YMCA’s three areas of focus:  healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.  A unique feature of this event is that the program is conducted entirely by young people, ages 10 – 18, who are regular participants in YMCA programs.  They serve as the evening’s moderators and present the awards.   Before the event, each honoree is interviewed by his or her young presenter who shares his or her story.

The 2019 Centennial Award Honorees!


  • Matt Eventoff, Director and Founder, The Oratory Project, a nonprofit serving youth, and Owner, Princeton Public Speaking
  • Wayne Meisel, Founding President, The Corella & Bertram F. Bonner Foundation and creator of the Bonner Program, the largest privately-funded, service-based scholarship program in the country


  • Rim Al-Bezem, Cardiologist, Capital Health and Organizer for the citizens of her home country Syria to live in a stable and prosperous country
  • Girls on the Run NJ East, A volunteer-led independent council of Girls on the Run International, inspiring more than 10,000 girls to be joyful, healthy and confident


  • Charlie Yedlin, Longtime Princeton Resident and Community Advocate, and Owner, The Yedlin Co.
  • Tommy Parker, Commissioner, Princeton Human Services, and Chair, Princeton Civil Rights Commission