Holmes Morrison, chairman of the luncheon and the 2008 Spirit of the Valley recipient, said the quotation inscribed on the award -- "For charity and wisdom, patience and humility" -- describes Sinclair and his contributions to the region.
"It's easy to understand why he would be this year's recipient, because of the number of things he's done with volunteering and giving back to the community," Morrison said.
Sinclair, a volunteer for the Boy Scout Leadership Luncheon and a Read Aloud volunteer at Andrews Heights and Anne Bailey elementary schools, has donated more than 21 gallons of blood to the American Red Cross, and helped run the 1989 United Way campaign that raised more than $3 million.
"That's his personality; he's a very giving person," Morrison said. "When he believes in something, he wants to support it, and he truly believes in our community."
The YMCA luncheon also sponsors a Spirit of the Valley giving campaign and raised almost $300,000 last year for the YMCA's community assistance program, which helps families afford child care, and other YMCA programs and facilities. In addition, Sinclair has chosen the Childhood Language Center and WV Read Aloud to receive a portion of the funds from this year's campaign.
"It's amazing to me that a single luncheon can raise over a quarter of a million dollars," Morrison said. "I don't think there's anything else that comes close to it. It recognizes the recipient of the award, but more importantly, it provides funds for the disadvantaged; families who can't afford the YMCA on their own."
The Spirit of the Valley campaign has raised $260,000 so far this year, and more than 600 people will attend today's luncheon. For more information on the YMCA of Kanawha Valley, visit www.ymcawv.org.
Reach Lydia Nuzum at lydia.nu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5189.