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$2,500 grant for Y Mentor program

EASLEY — The YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville was awarded a $2,500 grant from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation (MDRT) to support the YMCA Mentor Program, sponsored by Laura Marshall White’s New York Life Insurance’s Pickens office.

“Partnerships with donors like MDRT make it possible for students in the YMCA Mentor Program to have hope for a brighter future by having a champion in their corner,” Cindy Perry, mentor director for Pickens County, said.

The YMCA Mentor Program supports youth by providing positive adult mentors to ensure every child has an opportunity to envision and pursue a bright future.

The program currently serves 400+ students in 38 schools in Pickens County and Anderson School District One. Mentors commit to meet with their mentee for 30 minutes one day a week for one school year and have the option to continue mentoring as the student moves up in grade each year.

“The consistent commitment a mentee experiences and the support and encouragement a mentor gives is truly invaluable,” Christy Coffee, mentor director for Anderson 1, said. “The benefits of a mentoring relationship are certianly mutual for both the mentee and mentor!”

For more information about the YMCA Mentor Program, how to become a mentor and the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville, visit or contact:

• Cindy Perry – Mentor Director, Pickens County –

• Christy Coffee – Mentor Director, Anderson 1 –

Through its global grants program, the MDRT Foundation is committed to building stronger families and communities around the globe. This year, the MDRT Foundation will award more than $1 million in MDRT member-endorsed grants to more than 200 charitable organizations worldwide. Representing the MDRT Foundation and New York Life Insurance, Laura Marshall White presented this grant to the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville on June 20, 2018.

MDRT membership represents the top life insurance and financial service professionals worldwide. MDRT is an international, independent association of the world’s best life insurance and financial services professionals. In addition, this is the 61st consecutive year that New York Life has dominated the MDRT in the United States. Mrs Laura Marshall White has been a New York Life agent since 2004 and is associated with New York Life’s General Office in Greenville, S.C.

Pictured (from left to right) Heather Patel, YMCA; Stacy Collier, NY Life; Laura Marshall White, NY Life; Cindy Perry, YMCA. (from left to right) Heather Patel, YMCA; Stacy Collier, NY Life; Laura Marshall White, NY Life; Cindy Perry, YMCA. Courtesy photo

Staff report