Community Giving Campaign Encourages First Coast Residents to Take Part in Building a Healthier Future

YMCA bolsters commitment to growing neighborhood with new Winston Y

 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – April 1, 2016 – The YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce new community giving opportunities, part of a fundraising campaign that aims to raise $500,000 for the new Winston Family YMCA located on Riverside Avenue. These giving programs, including founding membership, brick paver, digital and facility recognition, expand opportunities for more community members to play a role in bringing this neighborhood Y to life.

Founding members are individuals or existing Yates/First Coast YMCA members who join the Winston YMCA or renew their membership before May 30 and make a gift at any amount in supporting the overall Winston campaign. Anyone who donates $250 and above will be honored with a paver to solidify his or her place in the historic opening of the new flagship facility.

“It’s not about the size of the gift, it’s the sense of belonging that will last forever within the walls and bricks of this new Y,” said Nekita Nesmith, senior vice president and chief development officer at YMCA of Florida’s First Coast. “From $1 and up, the entire community can take part in helping us create a healthier First Coast by contributing to the Winston YMCA.”

On schedule to open late summer, the two-story Winston YMCA will be a 72,000-square-foot building overlooking the St. Johns River and serve as an attractive destination for Downtown Jacksonville.

“The impact we expect to generate from the Winston Family YMCA goes beyond the fitness center or the swimming pool,” said YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO Eric Mann. “The programs and services that we will deliver both inside the building and out in the nearby neighborhoods will foster community connections, create new opportunities for youth and provide support that will positively change the lives of area residents.”

Full detailed giving levels and key recognitions for all donations toward the Winston YMCA are as following:

Capital Visionary $50,000+
Space Naming
Donor Wall
Digital Recognition
Paver Recognition

Capital Motivator $25,000 – $49,999
Space Naming
Donor Wall
Digital Recognition
Paver Recognition

Capital Benefactor $10,000 – $24,999
Donor Wall
Digital Recognition
Paver Recognition

Capital Patron $5,000 – $9,999
Digital Recognition
Paver Recognition

Capital Pioneer $1,500 – $4,999
Digital Recognition
Paver Recognition

Capital Ambassador $250 – $1,499
Paver Recognition

Capital Friend $1 – $249

For more information or to donate today, visit FirstCoastYMCA.org.
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For more than 100 years, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast has been providing men, women and children of all ages, and from all walks of life, opportunities to build stronger bonds, live healthy and become more engaged with their communities. Learn more: www.FirstCoastYMCA.org.

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