Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA

David Brandon (center) with his family and G. Scott Goyer, President & CEO, YMCA of the Suncoast (first from right).

Tony Imperial was super excited for the grand opening celebration for the Greater Palm Harbor YMCA. The community event was held on June 22, 2024 with live music, a busy pool party, and community partners in attendance. The $3.3 million, nearly 10,000 square feet of program space features a 5,000 square feet fieldhouse named in honor of the late Dana K. “Girlie” Brandon, a well-known community leader.

Tony, who has been a member of the GPH YMCA for four years has been excited for the construction completion.

“It’s a beautiful expansion. I’m so glad to see it complete and diverse people come together to use it,” he said at the community celebration.

The expansion features two new multipurpose rooms, which will serve middle schoolers, Teen Leaders and active older adults; “The Zone,” a space for teen programming, a multipurpose room that will host yoga and Pilates classes and the innovative POWER ZONE—a new space for functional fitness training.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on June 19, which saw community leaders, donors, and the Brandon family in attendance along with former Speaker of the House, Chris Sprowls.

Seth Milbrand, District Vice President, Greater Palm Harbor YMCA was ecstatic with the turnout.

“It was amazing to see how many community leaders, advocates, and friends of the YMCA came to celebrate our new capacity to serve more people. It was also touching to experience the many who joined us to specifically dedicate the Dana K. "Girlie" Brandon Fieldhouse. Dana's legacy of improving lives in our community will be forever remembered due to the generosity of the many donors who pulled together to name our fieldhouse after her. I'm thrilled that our event brought together so many in our community.”

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Published Tuesday, June 25, 2024.