Botetourt Family YMCA nears fundraising goal with latest big donation

April 13, 2018
by Allison Graham; Roanoke Times

YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge is aiming to raise $10 million for construction of a new 43,000-square-foot fitness and community center at the Daleville Town Center. After the donation from Lawrence Companies, the fundraising total stands at $9.3 million.

Construction broke ground in October, when crews readied the site and foundation before winter. Now, steel frames are being put up and crews are painting and covering sections of the building for weatherproofing, Communications Director Brittany Madonna said.

The new facility is still slated to open by the end of this year and construction has stayed on track, Madonna said. The two-story fitness center will be located next to a LewisGale Medical Center clinic and to the south of the apartments and restaurants of the Daleville Town Center off U.S. 220.

The fitness center will include an eight-lap pool, a recreation and exercise pool, modern fitness equipment, three group exercise studios and a basketball gymnasium. The YMCA estimates that the new center will attract 400 to 500 people per day.

This month’s donation from Lawrence Companies is the third largest donation to the project so far.

“This community has supported Lawrence Companies for over 85 years,” Lawrence Companies CEO Peer Segelke said in a statement. “It only makes sense for us to donate to the project. We are proud to do so.”

The largest donations to the Botetourt County YMCA came from the county and Karen Waldron, CEO of real estate development firm Fralin & Waldron. Both donated $2 million each.

“Every community needs a center,” Mark Johnson, CEO of YMCA of Virginia’s Blue Ridge, said in a statement. “A place that brings people from all walks of life together. Across the country, the ‘Y’ is that place. We build community by creating an inviting, positive environment that becomes a catalyst for positive change.”