Gary is a very prominent and positive fitness member at the Laguna Niguel YMCA facility. He is friendly and engaging with all members and staff. Gary is always available and willing to help whether it’s a large undertaking like set up and break down for run in the park or more minor daily activities at our branch like putting mats out on the floor for our children’s music class, making it more comfortable for sitting. Gary’s enthusiasm and caring nature truly embodies the basic core values of the YMCA. He’s very supportive and respectful of other members and their healthy lifestyle goals. He’s an eager work out partner to anyone who asks. He’s an attentive listener to our senior population and always gives them a friendly conversation and good laugh.
Gary is our, one man, unofficial welcoming committee who takes great pride in making new members feel comfortable and welcome. He has been participating in YMCA programs since he was 6 years old in Delaware. He is a shining example of the YMCA ‘s commitment to building a strong sense of social responsibility. When speaking with Gary about the YMCA you can see that he considers the Y his home away from home and its members and staff his extended family.
Gary Hessenauer, nominated by Kelly Kneubuhl
LAGUNA NIGUEL Family YMCA