A parade of speakers, from friends to business associates, commended the 74-year-old Banning for a lifetime of caring at a banquet in his honor.
"He always has a mission; he always knows where he's going," friend and emcee
Banning isn't just one who writes a check to help out: He starts most workdays at
The Y has awarded the Strong Leader award since 2003 to a volunteer who has made a big impact on the nonprofit and the community. Previous winners have included City Commissioner
Banning said he was humbled by the honor.
"I can't tell you how overwhelmed I am that you are all here tonight," Banning said after he accepted the award from
He praised the staff at the
"I encourage everyone to get involved in the Y," he said.
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