COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- "We've shared a lot of love for a lot of years, we need a little love shared back," said Paul Thein, the President of the Greater Naples YMCA.
The Greater Naples YMCA has been on a mission ever since a lightning strike sparked a massive fire on Labor Day. This was the facility then, and now, a new exercise room and updated pool are open to public. Still the work is far from over.
"Our next step is phase 2, let's rebuild the Y, but we don't want to rebuild 1968 Y. We want to build a healthy living center and we've designed something that's based on community wellness needs."
Paul Thein, the President of the YMCA, said Best Buy founder Dick Schulze will help the Y reach its potential. Schulze is matching every $500,000 that's donated by the community. In all, he's pledging 1.5 million dollars. But Thein said it can't be done without continued support from you.
"Our goal is 4 million dollars total. If we fall short at any level, then we aren't able to receive the matching gift."
Thein said every dollar goes to rebuilding the Y and what he calls "Phase Two" of the process. WINK News obtained these brand new renderings of what's to come for the healthy living center that would include six exercise rooms.
"And we've designed something that's based on community wellness needs."
And Thein said the community is needed to make it a reality. WINK News checked and so far they have raised around one million dollars. They need three million more. Their goal is to fully reopen the YMCA in 7 months, on the one year anniversary of the fire.