Coggin family donates $2 million to YMCA

Published On: Feb 06 2013 03:00:25 PM EST
Updated On: Feb 06 2013 01:25:02 PM EST
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.”

Through partnerships with members of the medical community, the Healthy Living Center at the new Riverside Y will target and tackle serious health concerns of its youth and adult neighbors. This collaboration is designed to address major risk factors associated with the area’s leading causes of death, including various forms of cancer, heart disease, chronic lower respiratory disease, stroke and diabetes.

“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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