Generous local donors and the YMCA of Western North Carolina are teaming up to expand wellness opportunities in western Buncombe County.
A lead gift from Jack and Carolyn Ferguson of Candler will provide startup funding for a campaign to open a new YMCA in the heart of Enka/Candler.
The Ferguson Family YMCA in Hominy Valley is scheduled to open in fall 2017 in the Westridge Marketplace. The storefront-style facility will feature a 20,000 square-foot wellness floor, onsite child care, exercise and group cycling studios, a functional fitness area, and community meeting space.
It will also expand the Y’s existing charitable programs in the community, including scholarships for afterschool childcare and summer camp, youth mentorship, food distribution, nutrition education, diabetes prevention and management classes, and programs for cancer survivors and active older adults.
“There is great need to expand these services, and the YMCA is committed to establishing a permanent home in Hominy Valley,” said Joe Brumit, a member of the YMCA of WNC Board of Directors. “The Fergusons’ gift is a great start, and we know the community will join them to help us raise the additional funds needed to open the doors of the new Y. The potential is limitless, and we appreciate the interest and enthusiasm that is already stirring.”
Beyond capital costs, the Fergusons recognize the importance of sustaining program funds, and a portion of the their gift will establish an endowment to support summer camp scholarships.
“The Y will be a great asset to the community, especially for the afterschool programs,” said Carolyn Ferguson. Youth development at the Y is close to the Fergusons’ hearts, especially because their grandchildren have benefited from YMCA child care.
“We are extraordinarily grateful to the Fergusons for their gift, which will enable us to further enrich the lives of the children and families of Enka/Candler,” said Paul Vest, president and CEO of the YMCA of WNC. “And as community support grows, so will the Y.”