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YMCA names first Hall of Fame class

Four members of the Lewiston-Auburn community – Col. James G. Bouchles, Pauline Bourgoin, Richard Kendall and Malcolm Philbrook – will be recognized at the inaugural YMCA Hall of Fame Celebration on Thursday, December 3 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Martindale Country Club in Auburn.

Part of the Y’s annual meeting, the event will feature local speakers and multimedia presentations, as well as opportunities for networking and to congratulate the inductees and their families. Admission is free and open to the public; donations in honor of the 2015 Hall of Fame class will be gratefully accepted. Due to limited space, registration is requested by November 23. To register, contact Victoria Stanton at 795-4095 or vstanton@alymca.org, or see www.alymca.org.

The Hall of Fame was established this summer to recognize those who have made extraordinary and tangible contributions to the local community during the Y’s 150-year history. The Hall of Fame selection committee, which received dozens of nominations from the local community, was chaired by Elizabeth Shea of Auburn.

“It has been an inspiring and humbling process,” said Shea. “Thousands of local families across generations have benefited from the work of these four special people. We are thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize their great work.”

Honorees Bouchles and Kendall, who passed away in 2015 and 2013, respectively, will be recognized posthumously. A businessman and former co-owner of Bee & Gee Sports, Bouchles served for 27 years on the Y board of directors, where he took a leadership role in fundraising. Kendall served two terms as president of the Y board and was recognized as Auburn’s Citizen of the Year in 1986.

Pauline Bourgoin of Auburn has been a Y member since 1947 and has taught youth swim lessons for more than 60 years. With the motto “No child should drown,” she has helped thousands of local children and families be safer in the water. Malcolm Philbrook of Auburn is a retired lawyer and one of the co-founders of Maine Hoop Camp. His passion for basketball extended to the Y’s youth sports and historic Biddy Basketball program, now in its 50th year.

The YMCA of Auburn-Lewiston is a charitable organization that seeks to strengthen the foundations of the local community through collaborations and services that focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Each year, the YMCA serves more than 1,800 children in its youth sports, camp and child care programs.

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