The women’s locker room of the Poole Family YMCA will be named after long time Garner resident Faye Gardner.
Gardner’s family donated money to the YMCA in honor of their mother.
“My mother loved Garner and invested her time and resources into serving others and trying to improve things for everyone in Garner,” Lisa Bullard, Gardner’s daughter, said in a press release. “We want to honor her legacy of service through naming the women’s locker room at the Poole Family YMCA in her memory.”
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The former James R. Stevens award recipient helped raise funds for the Poole Family YMCA to be built. The YMCA has currently raised $6 million and is trying to get to $7 million by the end of the month to start the construction.
“We are so very grateful for Faye’s friendship and dedication to our community, which included significant service to our Y,” said Melissa Oliver, YMCA of the Triangle Vice President of Financial Development. “Faye is an example of the incredible people in Garner who have rallied behind our cause and are making our dream for a facility and service a reality. We love that we will see Faye’s name every time we are in our Y.”
Last month when Gardner died, current branch director Bruce Murray said he heard stories about the impact Gardner had on the community and the YMCA employees. He said it is important to have people like Gardner in the community.
“She has benefited so many people and organizations including the YMCA through her dedication and efforts to make Garner an incredible community,” Murray said. “Faye is a perfect example of why I wanted to come to this area.”
The facility will have a 4,500-square-foot wellness center, locker rooms, a nursery and children’s adventure area, an outdoor aquatics center, indoor track, a gymnasium and group exercise studio and the capacity to serve 5,000 members from the Garner community.
Construction is expected to start in the beginning of 2016.