Winners of Spirit of York County Awards named

Top officials, volunteer and others to be honored next month

York City business administrator Michael Doweary has helped put the White Rose City on a more stable financial footing, helping to implement two straight tax reductions.

Dominic DelliCarpini, dean of York College’s Center for Community Engagement, has played a leading role in helping the college increase its presence and outreach in downtown York.

And Matthew Carey, executive director of LifePath Christian Ministries, has made his organization more visible in the community and has increased partnerships with other organizations.

The three are among the winners of the York County Economic Alliance’s Spirit of York County Awards, to be presented in late September.

The awards are “given to individuals and organizations for their distinguished achievement, volunteerism, support and commitment to improving the quality of life in York County,” a YCEA statement said.

Doweary, who is to be awarded the Appointed Official of the Year award, has worked on behalf of York Mayor C. Kim Bracey and other leaders to improve the city’s finances, said Kevin Schreiber, YCEA president and CEO.

“Mike’s patient, diligent work daily has put the city on more stable financial footing and resulted in improved investor confidence in our city,” Schreiber said.

Recently, the city’s credit rating was improved, and a debt refinancing saved it $4 million annually, Schreiber added.

Carey since early 2016 has led LifePath, the former York Rescue Mission, which provides housing, job training and other services to those in need.

Schreiber, a former state representative, said last year that Carey has led efforts by the mission/LifePath “to be a standing and willing partner at the community’s call, truly personifying its mission.”

Carey is to receive the Nonprofit Community Impact award.

DelliCarpini is to receive the Community Service Award. In addition to serving as dean of York College’s community engagement center, he is a college writing studies professor.

He helped the college establish the center in downtown York’s former Lafayette Club, plus open a college stand at York Central Market and make other outreaches in York City.

The other winners are:

  • Rona Kaufmann, former superintendent of South Eastern School District, winner of the Education/Workforce Development Advocate of the Year award.
  • Robb Green, York County controller, Elected Official of the Year.
  • Jeffery Kile, senior account executive, The Glatfelter Agency Inc., Volunteer of the Year.

The winners will be honored Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 a.m. in the York Expo Center’s Verandah Room, 334 Carlisle Ave.

David O'Connor
Dave O'Connor covers York County, manufacturing, higher education, nonprofits, and workforce development. Have a tip or question for him? Email him at doconnor@cpbj.com.

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