VINELAND – The Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA held a dedication ceremony for the John F. Scarpa Foundation – John and Jana Scarpa Family Fitness Center on June 24.
The YMCA’s board of directors, staff and facility members gathered with philanthropist John F. Scarpa and his wife, Jana, to cut the ribbon. Scarpa, a Vineland native, has given back to his hometown in a most meaningful way as he pledged $100,000 to the YMCA last year. These funds were used to purchase state-of-the-art equipment to meet the changing needs of YMCA members. The YMCA is unique in its approach to promoting health for children with their parents, especially working out together in the newly renamed John and Jana Scarpa Family Fitness Center.
The YMCA renamed its fitness center in recognition of the Scarpa’s gift immediately prior to what became several months of mandated shutdown of the YMCA’s fitness activities due to COVID regulations in spring 2020. While the facility was temporarily closed, the staff shifted focus to providing other community services, such as food distribution, virtual learning support for students, wellness checks, and live-streaming classes.
“The Y promotes exercise for people of all ages and backgrounds,” stated George Steinbronn Jr., chief executive officer, YMCA. “Thanks to John and Jana Scarpa, our fitness center has all new, upgraded cardio equipment, such as treadmills, elliptical trainers and various bikes. Some pieces are unique to our area, especially those for kids,” he said. “Over the years, community and YMCA members have had interests that change with the times, and this gift allows us to adapt to this evolution. We are delighted!”
“Now that the Y is back to nearly full programming and service, we invite members of the community to come out and make our new state-of-the-art equipment part of their fitness routine, thanks to this generous gift from the Scarpas,” noted Steinbronn.
“My wife Jana and I, through The John F. Scarpa Foundation, proudly support healthcare, education and disadvantaged families,” said John Scarpa. “We remain committed to support the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA in Vineland to fulfill their mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.” He recalled that he used the YMCA when he lived in Vineland and played tennis there frequently with his brother, Joe, and many local tennis players.
For information, call (856) 691-0030 or visit www.vinelandymca.org.
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