Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Newton Family Pledges $2.5M to YMCA; Gift Is for the Naming Rights to Aquatic Center in New Showcase Y

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Newton Family Pledges $2.5M to YMCA; Gift Is for the Naming Rights to Aquatic Center in New Showcase Y

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Byline: Beth Reese Cravey

The family of Russell B. Newton Jr., who co-founded a Jacksonville investment management firm and has long been active in community service in Northeast Florida, has pledged $2.5 million for naming rights of the aquatic center in the new showcase YMCA branch in Riverside.

The Newton pledge, which the YMCA of Florida's First Coast announced Tuesday, is the latest large gift to a $21 million capital campaign launched for the new Y in October 2012.

A ground-breaking is planned in December, with construction expected to be complete in 15 months.

The pledge stemmed from the Newton family's deep ties to the Riverside branch of the YMCA of Florida's First Coast, particularly the aquatics programs, Newton said.

"My own children, like thousands of others in the area, learned to swim at this Y, and have many great memories from the experience which they still talk about to this day," he said. "The First Coast Y organization is about making these life-enhancing experiences possible for every family - no matter their circumstance - and that's something my family believes in."

Newton's son, Russell B. Newton III, is co-chairman of the capital campaign for the new Riverside branch. Also, the family supported the construction of a YMCA on Fleming Island, which opened as the Barco-Newton Family YMCA in 2004.

The Newton Family Aquatic Center will be part of the new 70,000-square-foot, glass-fronted complex to be built behind the current Yates Family YMCA on Riverside Avenue.

When construction is complete, the old building will be torn down and replaced with a parking lot.

The expanded space will allow the branch to offer literacy, healthy habits, summer learning and leadership programs to 5,000 children in nearby communities.

The aquatic center will feature a six-lane junior Olympic-sized swimming pool and a warm water therapy pool. …

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