Bronx Y Celebrates Bon Appetit Fundraiser

The evening’s honorees with the Bronx YMCA’s board of directors.
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Five youth sports leaders were toasted at this year’s Bronx YMCA Bon Appetit Fundraiser on Thursday, September 6 at 2 Castle Hill Avenue. The annual celebration paid homage to such individuals as Jay Demers, Warriors Football Club founder; Eric Semler, Bronx Bombers Little League Travel Team founder; Amanda McLean, New York Yankees Corporate/Community Relations coordinator; Bouna Coundoul, former Senegalese Soccer player and coach; and Vincent Buccieri, Fordham Prep freshman coach.

Sharlene Brown, Bronx YMCA executive director, held an autographed Red Bulls jersey worn by Bouna Coundoul when he played for them.
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(l-r) Sammy Zayas, Bouna Coundoul and Jack Rubino. Jack’s dad, Vincent (not pictured) bought the Red Bulls jersey signed by Coundoul for $500.
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Jay Demers (c) happily accepted his award from (l-r) Geri Sciortino, Bronx YMCA chief volunteer officer; Sharlene Brown and Gary Axelbank, ThisistheBronX.info founder.
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Bronx YMCA board members Sharlene Brown (l) and Geri Sciortino (r) thanked Francine Burbridge for signing up the restaurants and bakers that participated in Bon Apetit.
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Luany (l) and Ethan Viera, two young men who benefited from the Y scholarship fund, urged members to contribute more.
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