The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


May 13, 2012

Tribute to Women | YWCA will honor nine for community service

JOHNSTOWN — The YWCA of Greater Johnstown will honor nine women from the area for their contributions to the community during the 26th annual Tribute to Women on May 31.

The event will feature a reception at 5 p.m. and a dinner at 6 at  Pasquerilla Conference Center, 301 Napoleon St. in downtown Johnstown.

The Rev. Sylvia J. King of the Prospect section of Johnstown is making a difference in the lives of others and has been chosen as the 2012 Yellow Rose honoree.

The Yellow Rose Award, chosen by the YWCA board of directors, is presented to a person who strives to create opportunities for women’s growth, leadership and power to promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all people.

Other honorees are nominated by their peers, who submit a biography about the nominee and her contributions.

A selection committee reviews the biographies with the names removed and makes selections based on the merits of the information provided.

The recipients are Aspen Brianna Mock, arts and letters; Linda Fanale, business; Megan Livingston, community service; Karen Chirillo, education; Annamaria Grunza, lady liberty; Patricia Felton, nonprofit; Betzi White, professions; and Allison Felix, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Yellow Rose Award

After living in Detroit and Chicago, King returned to her native Johnstown to answer God’s call.

King is pastor of Christ Centered Community Church Inc., a faith-based community outreach ministry serving the needy in Greater Johnstown.

In April 2008, with the support of her congregation and others, the Community Outreach Center opened at 227 Market St.

King mustered enough volunteers to begin offering such community services as HIV education and counseling, recovery and relapse prevention counseling, peer counseling and mentoring.

Other services offered at the outreach center include women’s health and physical fitness, GED preparation, resume writing and letter writing.

In 2008, the center relocated to 531 Somerset St. in the Kernville section of Johnstown.

Since moving, additional services were implemented under the guidance of King to include a youth mentorship program and youth financial entrepreneurship classes.

She has developed partnerships with a multitude of community organizations to work on behalf of the disenfranchised, displaced and excluded.

She is a graduate of St. Francis University, where she received a degree in accounting.

King also is the branch manager of AmeriServ Financial’s Windber office.

She is the mother of a son, Brandon King.

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