West Orange YMCA Renamed Roper YMCA in 2004
Barbara and her husband, Bert, left an enduring legacy at the West Orange Y in Winter Garden, which they supported and served for so many years. In 2004, the Ropers gave a $1 million gift to fund the expansion of the facility, the largest gift received by the YMCA of Central Florida at that time. That year, the new building was renamed the Roper YMCA Family Center in their honor.
Barbara’s Leadership Continues Today
At the YMCA of Central Florida, Barbara is currently a trustee and a member of both the volunteer executive committee and the metropolitan board of directors. Her living legacies of service and leadership have touched many different communities all around the world. On both local and global scales, Barbara is known as a committed and passionate YMCA leader who has dedicated her life to advancing the Y mission.
An inspiration to many in our Central Florida community, Barbara’s lifelong service at the Y has impacted and transformed many lives. In her honor each year, the YMCA of Central Florida awards the Barbara Roper Advocacy Award to a volunteer who raises the bar in moving our organization forward.