Mayor Billy Keyserling recognized as Community Ambassador for the YMCA

26 Oct Mayor Billy Keyserling recognized as Community Ambassador for the YMCA

Mayor Billy Keyserling recognized as Community Ambassador for the YMCA


Contact: Betsy Hinderliter




Beaufort, S.C. – Oct. 22, 2015 – Leaders from the YMCA of the USA and Ys across the state of South Carolina gathered in Columbia on Tuesday, Oct. 20th for the 7th annual YMCA Leaders Conference and Public Policy Awards Dinner. The Public Policy Committee of South Carolina recognized Mayor Billy Keyserling with its Community Ambassador Award. The award is presented annually to individuals who demonstrate compassion and caring for the community and have thus made significant contributions to the Y movement. Mayor Keyserling was presented with his award on October 22, 2021 at the YMCA monthly board meeting by YMCA Board Chair Ernie Schlichtemeier.


“Mayor Keyserling is not just a Y member, he is a true friend of the Y and we are very grateful for his support in both dollar and deed,” said Michael Bostwick, CEO of the YMCA of Beaufort County. “He has been instrumental in bringing the Spirit of America Youth Boating Program into the Y, helping to foster a partnership that has grown into our successful YMCA Youth Boating Program, allowing our local youth to learn the skills they need to be safe out on the water.”


Mayor Keyserling and the Keyserling Family Foundation have also been loyal supporters of the Annual YMCA Scholarship Campaign which provides financial assistance for those in need to participate in various Y programs –from the Discovery Preschool, summer camps and our Learn To Swim Program to sports programs and more. Mayor Keyserling is also a committed Y volunteer, giving his time to be part of Read Across America, an annual nationwide reading celebration held every March.

2015 Mayor Billy at the Ribbon Cutting for the YMCA’s renovated indoor pool celebration!

Mayor Billy reading to the YMCA’s Discovery Preschool class during Read Across American Week.





About the SC Alliance of YMCAs

The South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs represents the interests and concerns of 21 independent YMCA Associations throughout the Palmetto State. As a grassroots-driven and governed organization, SCYMCAs advocates and educates on behalf of the Y and its mission to promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The South Carolina Alliance of YMCAs works to foster statewide communication and cooperation among all 50 Ys, thus increasing reach and impact. Please visit for more information.



About the YMCA of Beaufort County

About the YMCA of Beaufort County: The YMCA of Beaufort County is part of a 171-year old worldwide organization that enables the citizens of Beaufort County to develop values and

behaviors that are consistent with our mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County was charted in 1990 and opened its doors in June 1996. The YMCA is a locally autonomous organization made up of voluntary membership that is open to individuals of all ages, race, religion, incomes and abilities. Programs and services incorporate the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and the YMCA encourages and challenges its staff, members, volunteers and program participants to accept and demonstrate these values. The YMCA of Beaufort County currently serves approximately 8,000 individuals through the programs and services provided.