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Welcome to the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA

The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will serve residents in the College Park area and surrounding communities. This Y family center will be a cornerstone of The Packing District, a transformational redevelopment coming to life through Dr. Phillips Charities.

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To learn more about how you can support the development of family center through giving, contact Sonya “Coach” Crider, Executive Director and Michele Murrell, at [email protected].

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Timeline and Details

Image of Sonya Coach Crider holding a mircophone in front of Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMAC banner inside of a restaurant

February 2022

The YMCA of Central Florida hosts a community kick-off event to generate excitement and raise awareness of the need for additional capital support to fully fund the new Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA.

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December 2021

Community leaders and supporters of the Y participated in the Pro-Am Golf Classic, a premier fundraising golf tournament in Central Florida. The annual event is the YMCA of Central Florida’s major fundraising event that fuels our most critical programs and projects. This year's proceeds supported the development of the Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA.

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November 2021

Members of the Williams family visit the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA construction site. Thanks to their generosity and support, the Y will be able to put its mission into action by creating positive change in the lives of individuals and families in Orlando's packing district and beyond.

Image of a red construction crane putting up a tilt wall at a construction site

October 2021

The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA starts taking shape with the tilt walls going up. The newest family center is located at the planned roundabout at Princeton Street and Texas Avenue.

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September 2021

The YMCA of Central Florida announced Sonya "Coach" Crider as the new Executive Director of The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA. Coach brings more than 20 years of leadership experience and is excited to return to her second home, Orlando.

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August 2021

The YMCA of Central Florida broke ground for their newest Family Center in Orlando's Packing District. The Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will be filled with the latest in healthy living equipment, classes, programs, and services to best meet the needs of the community.

3D Rendering of Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA Lobby

October 2020

Design development and construction documents for the Leonard & Marjorie Williams Family YMCA go under review. The new family center is expected to open in Fall 2022.

Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA Rendering

November 2019

The YMCA of Central Florida announced the name of what will become its newest location. The Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will serve residents in the College Park area and surrounding communities. It will be the cornerstone of The Packing District.

March 2019

The YMCA of Central Florida selected general contractors Brasfield & Gorrie, engineers GAI Consultants, architects RLF, and owner-representative Foundry Commercial to design and build the approximately 35,000 square foot family center.

November 2018

Dr. Phillips Charities and the YMCA of Central Florida announced that Dr. Phillips Charities has gifted the Y with $8.9 million. This will go toward the building of a new YMCA family center in addition to the land on which the family center will be built.

Executive Director Sonya "Coach" Crider

Sonya "Coach" Crider has returned to her second hometown of Orlando to serve as the Executive Director of the Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA. Crider prides herself in leaving a community better than how she found it, making the workplace a family environment, and bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion to the forefront.

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Thanks to the legacy of generosity on behalf of the Williams Family Foundation, Wayne Densch Charities, and Dr. Phillips Charities, this family center is set to open in 2022 and will go on to serve residents and be a cornerstone of The Packing District.

"The Leonard and Marjorie Williams Family YMCA will be a welcoming place where neighbors on either side of Orange Blossom Trail. Families and individuals can get connected with new opportunities and our community will be strengthened for generations to come." Jody Alexander, Chief Operating Officer, YMCA of Central Florida

About The Packing District
The Packing District is a 202-acre transformational project centered at the intersection of Princeton Street and Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando, preserving and recapturing a defining part of our community’s history while providing a vibrant base of living and commerce. Historic buildings will be integrated with new uses and connected to dedicated public spaces by new urban trails and a new 100-acre public park (gifted to the City of Orlando). This park is dedicated to health and wellness, education, arts and community, and sustainability. Preparations began to ready the site for construction in 2018. The project will continue to mature over the next 10–15 years as laid out in the four-phase master plan.

About Brasfield & Gorrie
Named among the "Most Admired Companies and Best Places to Work," Brasfield & Gorrie was established in 1964. Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama, the company consists of 3,000 employees across 12 offices. Brasfield & Gorrie took in $2.8 billion in revenue in 2017. The company has 220+ LEED® Accredited Professionals and LEED Green Associates with 127 LEED projects and 45+ seeking certification. They're #27 Top 400 Contractors by Engineering News-Record, the #1 general contractor according to ENR Southeast, and the #4 healthcare general contractor according to Modern Healthcare.

About Gai Consultants
GAI Consultants is an employee-owned engineering, planning, and environmental consulting firm providing award-winning solutions and local expertise to worldwide clients in the energy, transportation, development, government, and industrial markets.

About RLF
RLF is a fully-integrated team of architects, engineers, interior designers, and planners that shares a passion for creating exceptional spaces through architecture. The firm continues to evolve as a distinguished practice providing tailored architectural, engineering, and interior design solutions for the federal, healthcare, educational, and cultural markets. Based in Baldwin Park, RLF’s influence has extended to four continents, 15 countries, and 32 states, advancing Rogers’ inspiring legacy of innovative design and high-performing places.

About Foundry Commercial
Foundry Commercial is a full-service real estate service and investment company with 300+ employees and more than 50 million square feet of management and leasing across the southeast and Texas. Foundry provides corporate services, brokerage, leasing, building management, and project management services and is the largest real estate service provider to religious and nonprofit organizations in the country. Foundry also includes a development and investment platform that is fully integrated into its services business, leveraging its local market expertise to control more than one billion in advantaged investment opportunities with its JV partners. Foundry Commercial was founded as CNL Commercial Real Estate in 2007 and launched as Foundry in 2015 through a management-led buyout.