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WILMINGTON The Wilmington Family YMCA announced Monday it received a sizable donation to the organization's capital campaign.
Oaz Nir, the son of longtime YMCA Healthy Living Director Dalia Nir, pledged $2 million toward renovating the existing YMCA facility at 2710 Market St.
The YMCA is working with Bowman Murray Hemingway Architects and Thomas Construction Group to finalize plans for a $9 million renovation to the Market Street facility. Once the renovation is complete, the facility will be renamed the Nir Family YMCA, according to a news release.
"I am happy to help a cause which will have a great impact on such a large group of people a cause which is so dearly important to my family," Oaz Nir stated in a news release.
Israel and Dalia Nir were located to Wilmington in 2004 by GE, the release states. Dalia joined the Y as director and brought an expanded focus on inclusion. Years later Dalia became director of healthy living. Israel retired from GE in the 2012 and for the last 11 years has been, an advocate, volunteer, participant and donor to the Y s annual campaign, the release states. The Nir s son, Allon, is known by many members as he works at the front desk and greets nearly every member by name. Their daughter, Dani Nir-McGrath, joined the Y as a GroupX instructor four years ago. Although Oaz lives in New York, the release states he has remained a generous and consistent supporter of the organization's programming, especially LIVESTRONG at the Y a program for cancer survivors.
"We want to break ground in early 2017," said YMCA CEO Dick Jones. "We intend to get the Nir Family Y open as soon as possible and we encourage others to join the campaign now and make their pledge by Dec. 31."
When the sauna in the men's locker room caught fire in February 2015, the YMCA had just started the conversation about renovating to a more modern and open layout. In June 2015 the YMCA opened a temporary facility on Kerr Avenue. The lap pool and basketball courts at the 2710 Market St. facility have since reopened.
Reporter Ashley Morris can be reached at 910-343-2096 or Ashley.Morris@starnewsonline.com
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