Brown-Forman donates $2 million to fund YMCA in west Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Brown-Forman is donating $2 million to support the new YMCA that's being built in west Louisville. 

The generous gift was announced at the city's 28th annual YMCA community Thanksgiving breakfast Tuesday morning at the Louisville International Convention Center. That's where Brown-Forman announced the gift to help build the new facility at 18th and Broadway. 

The money will not only support construction, but also memberships for people in the surrounding neighborhood.

"From my perspective there is no better example of the great things we are accomplishing in our city right now, than the progress that is happening in west Louisville," said Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer. "And the Y is playing a super pivotal role in making that possible."

The $2 million gift will be spent in a number of ways over the next five years: $1 million will support the construction of the new facility; $500,000 has been earmarked to support access and memberships to the new YMCA facility by nearby residents; and $500,000 will be used to support programs and services across the YMCA of Greater Louisville system.

The 62,000 square foot facility will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a swimming lap/family pool, gymnasium, classrooms, modern locker rooms, an indoor track and a Kid’s Club that will provide childcare while members work out. 

A groundbreaking for the new YMCA was held last year. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.

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