Last updated: November 11. 2013 9:11PM - 1645 Views
Joe Toppe Staff Writer

From-Left to Right—Patrick-Rivers, YMCA Chair-Elect, Chris Mann, Ambassador of the year and Sid Collins,YMCA CEO.
From-Left to Right—Patrick-Rivers, YMCA Chair-Elect, Chris Mann, Ambassador of the year and Sid Collins,YMCA CEO.
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Easley – At an awards dinner in Columbia last month, YMCA leaders gathered to recognize Easley resident and councilman, Chris Mann, for his service to the community.

“It was awesome and it was unexpected,” Mann said. “The Y is a special place to me and I benefited from it when I was growing up and I will always do what I can to help the YMCA.”

Leaders from the YMCA gathered in Columbia on Tuesday, Oct. 15 for the annual Y Leaders Conference and Public Policy Awards Dinner.

“The Public Policy Committee of South Carolina recognized Chris Mann with its Community Ambassador Award,” said Sid Collins, CEO of the Pickens County YMCA.

According to Collins, the award is presented annually to individuals who demonstrate compassion and caring for the community and have made significant contributions to the YMCA.

“We are honored that Chris was selected for this award and we are proud of his accomplishments in the community as well as the YMCA,” Collins said. “His leadership and commitment to the YMCA has been a significant blessing.”

Mann is currently serving his third term on the Easley City Council where he is the Chair of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, Chair of the Police Committee, and Member of the Recreation and TIF Committees.

His community involvement includes a past membership of the Pickens County YMCA Board of Directors, Chief Volunteer Officer for 2008 and 2009, former member of the Easley Little League Board of Directors, Deacon at Easley First Baptist Church, and a host family for the Big League World Series Europe-Africa team.

“I was privileged to be on the Pickens County YMCA Board for two terms,” Mann said. “I am always happy to help out in anyway that I can, and it has been a great honor and an unbelievable experience to be recognized.”

Mann is a lifelong resident of Easley and has been married to Stephanie Coker Mann for 19 years. He has two children, Emily and Christopher, and he is a 1987 graduate of Easley High School and a 1991 graduate of Clemson University.

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