JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - YMCA of Florida's First Coast announced Tuesday a $2 million donation from the Coggin family to fund what will be named the Luther and Blanche Coggin Healthy Living Center at the new Riverside Avenue YMCA.
The center will offer a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to create and encourage a more active and healthier community.
"I have been a member of the Y since I was a little boy," said Luther Coggin. "It offered me the opportunity to work out, swim, play basketball, run and many other things too numerous to list. Blanche and I feel the new Healthy Living Center will be an outstanding addition working in corroboration with many healthcare providers."
"This is a highly visible show of support for the YMCA's mission to transform the well-being of the children, families and adults in the neighborhoods we serve," said Eric Mann, YMCA president and CEO. "We're proud to partner with the Coggin family in building a healthier future."
Programs and services offered will span four areas of wellness: preventative, reclaiming health, rehabilitation and recovery, and corporate wellness to support the productivity of the First Coast work force. The Y expects to reach an additional 25,000 people with much-needed health education, support and resources. Groundbreaking for the new Riverside Y is expected to begin later this year.
The announcement of the donation was made at the Third Annual Y-Bash, the kickoff for the YMCA's annual-giving, community-support campaign, held at the Jacksonville Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall.
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