LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 14, 2016) – The YMCA of Central Kentucky unveiled today the new name for their much anticipated facility in Hamburg. The Y has been named the Whitaker Family YMCA at Hamburg Place in recognition of the Whitaker family’s significant and generous gift to the YMCA of Central Kentucky.
In addition to the naming, the Whitaker Bank Scholarship Fund will be established to provide scholarships to participants in YMCA programs based on financial need.
The Whitaker Family YMCA has been a project 10 years in the making for the Lexington community.
“It feels so fitting to name the building after the Whitaker family,” stated David Martorano, President/CEO for the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “The YMCA and the Whitaker family share common values and goals for our community.”
The YMCA of Central Kentucky is a leading local non-profit rooted in Christian principles, joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Y believes that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors.
“The Whitaker family encourages the health of our state. While we work to add stability to the financial health of our state, our family is focused on the balance that is achieved through healthy spirit, mind and body,” stated Elmer K. Whitaker, CEO at Whitaker Bank. “The YMCA shares this passion, so we are proud to contribute to the programs that will encourage each of us, as Kentuckians, to be our best.”
Earlier in 2015, Whitaker Bank financed a portion of the YMCA of Central Kentucky’s planned $36.7 million in capital improvements. The capital projects include the new facility in Hamburg, an expansion at the North Lexington YMCA, redevelopment of the Downtown YMCA on High Street and renovations at the Carol Martin Gatton Beaumont facility.
“This gift expands on the Whitaker family commitment to the YMCA of Central Kentucky.” said Martorano. “This tremendous news is less about the four walls at the Y and more about the shared impact the YMCA of Central Kentucky will have in our community for decades to come.”
The 62,000 square-foot Whitaker Family YMCA will open in late October on Old Rosebud Road in Hamburg. Amenities at the new location include a 10,000-square-foot wellness center, a youth development wing, an aquatic complex, three studios for group exercise classes, a multi-functional wellness area, full-size gymnasium and a three-lane walking/running track.
“We have an opportunity to enhance the quality of life in our community,” Martorano said. “At the Whitaker Family YMCA, you can be assured that whatever activity your family or your child engages in – from afterschool to family time to sports to camp – you’ll have a safe, positive environment to play, learn and grow.”
For more information about the new Whitaker Family YMCA, call 859-543-9622 or email [email protected]. Visit www.ymcacky.org/hamburg to stay up-to-date on the construction progress and subscribe to receive email updates leading up to the grand opening.