It is with deep gratitude that we recognize and acknowledge our donors for their continued dedication and support of the Y’s mission, programs and services in this community. Together, we are committed to giving young people the resources to reach their potential, providing individuals with the access and support to lead healthy lives and connecting neighbors so they can come together for the common good.
The Y knows that bringing about positive change starts with bringing the right people to the table. Together we embrace the opportunities created by public-private partnerships, making the world a better place will become everyone’s responsibility—as it should be.
With more than 25 years of commitment, $25.6 million in gifts and countless lives and Y facilities transformed, our relationship with Dr. Phillips Charities speaks for itself. In 2003, the Y was named a major beneficiary of their foundation. With their help, we launched Safe Start, a youth swim program to combat childhood drownings across Central Florida. Most important, they helped the Y of Central Florida transform into a leading association within the Y movement.
Florida Hospital and the Y are teaming up to improve the wellbeing our community. With like missions which focus on health of the whole person in spirit, mind and body, we are partnering on Healthy 100 initiatives to promote cultures of wellness and the prevention of chronic disease. In 3 of our Ys, we host Healthy 100 Kids on-site programs. We jointly make Y Diabetes Prevention Programs, family membership benefits and health education accessible to our employees. And, Florida Hospital is a gracious sponsor of our annual Y Celebration of Prayer which convenes the community in faith.
With Healthy Lives in mind, they invested $9.2 million in creating a healthier community. In 1999, the YMCA of Central Florida was granted operations of the Peggy and Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center and Health & Wellness YMCA Family Center in Oviedo, formerly managed by the foundation.
Loyal, lifetime supporters of the Y with more than $1 million donated to our community efforts, the Roper Family are dedicated philanthropists. Barbara Roper is an active member of the Metro Board.
Through a generous $1.6 million investment, underprivileged children and teens have had a welcoming place to grow and thrive. Y Facilities have been built in their neighborhoods and allowed them access to valuable mentors and role models.
Time, insights and leadership are the hallmark of the Darden Foundation. Their $900,000 in donations for renovation efforts in South Orlando and Wayne Densch have helped our communities and our young people to grow and succeed in a safe environment. Clarence Otis was on the Metro Board for two years and continues to provide leadership capital to the Y of Central Florida.
$4.5 million goes a long way towards giving kids a place to thrive and parents peace of mind. In 2003 their efforts helped establish two family centers with a focus on childcare, addressing the needs of cast members and working families.
(OCPS) joins forces with the Y for the good of our children. OCPS enables us to run Middle and Elementary afterschool programs where kids can be safe and engage in a positive learning environment.
Together, we’ve created a new school model to help our children succeed. A great example of the power of partnerships was the development of the Lake Nona YMCA Family Center, which, today shares a building with NorthLake Park Community School and its local city park.
In 2006, Lockheed Martin provided a major gift to the South Orlando Y to give students a jumpstart in math and science. The Technology Center was built to promote and encourage math and science interests among students.
Among many other things, with the help of OC, the Y built in a public park to provide a venue for the general public to get healthy and for youth to have access to sports, recreation and learning programs offered by the Y.
The City of Kissimmee and Osceola County Public Schools raised $1.9 million to establish the Osceola County Y, a community hub that provides programs for adults, teens, and kids and offers a special teen center that gives teens a safe place to congregate after school.
Avalon Park is the first Y Express built to serve the needs of the Avalon Community. Through this partnership, the Y enjoys their extensive outdoor facilities and spaces to provide youth sports and recreation programs.