NAPLES, Fla. - The Collier County community is coming together to help the Greater Naples YMCA rebuild after a devastating fire last month. Local businesses are donating their time, talent and treasure to ensure a stronger future for the "Y."
It's a sight that, while pretty, you shouldn't be able to see. This now open air hallway used to be covered until a lightning strike tore through the roof and sent much of the YMCA's main building up in flames.
"To go from a fully functioning campus to... burned down buildings and such so it is surreal," says Tim Bauer with the YMCA.
Since the devastating fire, this community has stepped up in a big way donating time and talent to make the YMCA bigger and better than before.
"My kid learned to swim here, my fiance's kids learned to play basketball here so if you lived around Collier County, you know the 'Y' has been part of your life somehow," says Scott Marcotte.
Local contractor, Scott Marcotte and his team are one of several businesses helping with Friday's extreme makeover. With more than 16 acres of land, YMCA leaders say, there's many buildings, courts and trails that need some TLC.
"We want to do things for the community and the community is also helping us do those things so it's a real partnership," Bauer adds.