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Anonymous Donors Give $3 Million To Name New Riverside YMCA In Honor Of James H. Winston, Sr.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – July 16, 2013 JACKSONVILLE, FL – Thanks to two anonymous donors, the new 70,000 square-foot YMCA in Riverside will be named to honor James H. Winston, a well-known, local civic leader, real estate developer and philanthropist. Both donors, who have their own long-standing history of involvement with the organization, believe Winston’s name belongs on the new riverfront Y not only because of his relationship with the YMCA dating back to 1970 but also his legacy of advocacy for the revitalization of Brooklyn, Riverside and the surrounding neighborhoods. Years ago, Winston could already see great potential for Riverside Avenue, likening it to that of Miami’s Brickell Avenue. He loved its tremendous visibility to commuters entering Jacksonville and its parallel wind with the river’s edge on the approach to the heart of the city, making it the perfect gateway to downtown. In 1999, after nearly 30 years of giving his time, talent and…

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Newton Family Names Aquatics Center in New Riverside YMCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JACKSONVILLE, FL – The family of Russell B. Newton, Jr. has pledged $2.5 million to name the state-of-the-art aquatic center in the new Riverside Y, which was recently named to honor local civic leader and philanthropist James H. Winston. Newton’s son, Russell B. Newton, III, has served in various volunteer leadership capacities through the years, including chairman of the corporate board of directors and, even more recently, as co-chairman of the $22 million capital campaign effort to make the new Y in Riverside possible. The Newton Family also shares the naming of the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast’s most recent neighborhood Y construction in Fleming Island, which opened as the Barco-Newton Family YMCA in 2004. “My own children, like thousands of others in the area, learned to swim at this Y, and have many great memories from the experience which they still talk about to this day,” Newton, Jr. said. “The First…

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Weaver Family Gives $1 Million to Support Children in Under-Resourced Neighborhoods Near New Riverside YMCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – November 5, 2013 WEAVER FAMILY GIVES $1 MILLION TO SUPPORT CHILDREN IN UNDER-RESOURCED NEIGHBORHOODS NEAR NEW RIVERSIDE Y Through the Weaver Family Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast received $1 million for the new Riverside Y project, which was recently named to honor local civic leader and philanthropist James H. Winston. The gift comes from Delores Barr Weaver’s passion for young people growing up in under-resourced neighborhoods around downtown. “The Y provides opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds, from children to seniors, to come together in a supportive, inclusive atmosphere for growth and learning, regardless of their ability to pay,” she said. “From outreach programs focused on education and literacy to chronic disease prevention, we believe this new Y will be a valuable community resource for northeast Florida.” The Weaver Family will be honored in the naming of an outdoor…

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Ceremonial Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Riverside YMCA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – December 4, 2013 Officials at the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast, alongside community leaders, volunteers, members and invited guests, have officially broken ground on the new Winston Family YMCA in Riverside at an evening celebration on the construction site Wednesday. Last October, the organization announced plans to build the new YMCA on the riverfront lawn of the current facility at 221 Riverside Avenue with an estimated project cost of $22 million by putting three stakes in the ground for a healthier future – one for youth development, one for healthy living and one for social responsibility. The new, three-story Y will be a dramatic, glass-fronted 65,000 square foot building overlooking the river, constructed using the latest standards of energy efficiency, and is expected to open in 12 to 16 months. It will rank among the best YMCA designs in the country and serve as an attractive destination for downtown. The existing…

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Tiger Academy to Offer Free Summer Meals to Help Ensure No Child Goes Hungry When School’s Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 15, 2014 TIGER ACADEMY TO OFFER FREE SUMMER MEALS TO HELP ENSURE NO CHILD GOES HUNGRY WHEN SCHOOL’S OUT Jacksonville, FL – The YMCA’s Tiger Academy will be participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program June 30 – August 1, 2014 to help combat child hunger when school is not in session. Nutritionally balanced meals will be provided free of charge for all children 18 years and younger. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals during summer break. Free meals that meet federal nutrition guidelines are provided at approved SFSP sites like Tiger Academy, where there are significant concentrations of low-income children. “Our Summer Food Program will help kids stay well-nourished, active and energized,” said Charles McWhite, Tiger Academy Principal. “It will also provide some relief to families who need support in providing more food…

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Community Invited to Compete Against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Table Tennis Tournament

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE For more information, contact MICHELLE MOORE, Vice President of Marketing & Communications P 904.265.1783 E mmoore@FirstCoastYMCA.org COMMUNITY INVITED TO COMPETE AGAINST THE JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS IN TABLE TENNIS TOURNAMENT MATCH TO BENEFIT THE ARLINGTON YMCA JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Dec. 9, 2014 – The Jacksonville Jaguars and the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast are teaming up to challenge the local community to a friendly competition in a table tennis tournament. The match will be held Monday, Dec. 22 at 5 p.m. This inaugural event will benefit Arlington residents through the YMCA. Proceeds will support the YMCA’s commitment of keeping children safe in the water through the “Go for Green! Camp Swim Initiative,” which focuses on improving the swimming abilities of all children participating in YMCA summer day camp programs. Proceeds will also support scholarships for YMCA family memberships. Date: Monday, Dec. 22 Location: Arlington YMCA 8301 Ft. Caroline Road Jacksonville, FL 32277 Time: 5…

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Texas Roadhouse Employees to Transform Yulee Kids Campus

DOZENS OF TEXAS ROADHOUSE EMPLOYEES TO TRANSFORM YULEE KIDS CAMPUS IN JUST FOUR HOURS NASSAU COUNTY, FL – The YMCA’s PrYme Time at the Yulee Kids Campus has been selected by Texas Roadhouse to receive a dramatic facility makeover. On Monday, April 28 from noon-4:00pm, more than 100 Texas Roadhouse employees from around the country will team up to give the building a fresh coat of pain, re-mulch the playground, create a community garden and much more. Texas Roadhouse has also contributed $10,000 to help transform the facility. The Yulee Kids Campus on Pages Dairy Road serves more than 100 children by providing a year-round Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program and licensed after-school childcare program. For three hours each day, children participating in the VPK program focus on learning tools that will help them succeed in kindergarten. In addition, students from Yulee Elementary School are picked up for after-school care at the Yulee Kids Campus. YMCA…

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