First Coast YMCA Recognizes the Bailey Group as Community Partner of the Year

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – February 27, 2019 – Last night, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast is pleased to announce The Bailey Group as the 2019 recipient of the E. William Nash, Jr. Legend Award for Community Partner of the Year. Presented at the 9th Annual Y-Bash held at the University of North Florida Lazzara Performing Arts Center on Tuesday, February 26, the award acknowledges the Bailey Group for their longstanding support of the Y.

“We are proud to recognize the outstanding contributions the Bailey Group has made to strengthen the First Coast community for over 50 years,” said Eric K. Mann, YMCA of Florida’s First Coast President and CEO. “Since John Bailey Sr. first joined the old Railroad YMCA in downtown St. Augustine in 1954, the Bailey Group has been an integral part of the Y from making generous donations and serving on multiple branch advisory boards to teaching swimming lessons and coaching youth sports.”

The Bailey Group is one of the largest insurance and benefits firms in the State of Florida and is a 4-time Gold Level Award winner for Healthiest Companies in NE Florida.

YMCA of Florida’s First Coast recognizes its staff, volunteers and community partners annually at the Y-Bash, an event celebrating their community impact through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At this year’s event, the Y announced its funding priorities for the following year and its goal to raise $1.75 million. The Y’s four funding priorities are:

Safety Around Water

Uplifting Teens

Supporting Our Military

Hunger Relief

Funding these priorities and the dedication of community partners such as The Bailey Group helps the Y build a strong, supportive foundation for the communities it serves. Past recipients of the E. William Nash, Jr. Legend Award for Community Partner of the Year include the Jacksonville Sports Council, Baptist Health, Clay County School District, UF Health, Vystar Credit Union, Atlantic Beach Urban Farms and Florida Blue.


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