Capital campaign continues for new flagship YMCA

Dignitaries at the Aug. 26, 2016 ribbon cutting of the new Winston Family YMCA included Luther Coggin, Pat Geraghty, Mayor Lenny Curry, Rev. Stephen Goyer, Delores Barr Weaver, James Winston, Russell Newton, Eric Mann, John Anderson, John Baker

The Winston Family YMCA—the new flagship YMCA on Riverside Avenue—opened its doors August 26, 2016 after great community support for the $21 million capital campaign made it possible.

Although the new Y is now up and running, the capital campaign is still in need of $2 million in donations to complete its goal.

The public’s support thus far has been noted as exceptional. “We would not be standing here without the generous contributions from each and every one of our donors who pledged to help us build a stronger and healthier First Coast,” said YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. “We are proud to serve as a welcoming center and a positive force to motivate people of all ages and background to reach their full potential.”

The new Winston Family YMCA , which replaces the 60-year-old Yates Family YMCA, is even closer to the St. Johns River on the same property, and will continue to provide opportunities to support and encourage the health and fitness of area residents.

Through key partnerships, this new branch will also serve as a hub for the Y’s community-focused efforts to reduce chronic illnesses such as cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Partnering with health organizations including Baptist Health, Brooks Rehabilitation and Florida Blue, the new Luther and Blanche Coggin Family Healthy Living Center will offer a comprehensive range of programs to address health concerns of both youth and adults.

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