Scarpas support family fitness at the Cumberland Cape Atlantic YMCA

Diana J. Smith

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. 

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