YMCA announces $2 million gift for the new Riverside facility

YMCA announces $2 million gift for the new Riverside facility

Eric Mann & Luther Coggin

More than 500 were in attendance on Feb. 5 when the YMCA of Florida’s First Coast announced the Healthy Living Center at the new Riverside YMCA will be named the Luther and Blanche Coggin Healthy Living Center, in honor of a $2 million donation from the Coggin family. The Luther and Blanche Coggin Healthy Living Center will offer a comprehensive range of programs and services designed to create and encourage a more active and healthier community.

“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, President and CEO. “We’re proud to partner with the Coggin family in building a healthier future.”

“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 Luther and Blanche Coggin Healthy Living Center at the new Riverside Y will target and tackle serious health concerns of its youth and adult neighbors in Duval County’s Health Zone 1. 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.

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.

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