New Y in Towson to host ribbon-cutting, celebration

The Y of Central Maryland will christen its new $13 million building in Towson as the Orokawa Family Center Y at a community celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday afternoon.

The building, which features a pair of salt water pools, an 8,000 square-foot fitness center and countless other recreational features, will be named for the Orokawa Foundation, one of the Y of Central Maryland's largest donors, the organization said.

"We couldn't be more proud to have The Orokawa Foundation's name on our new family center Y right in the heart of a Towson community we have served for many decades, Y of Central Maryland President and CEO John Hoey said in a statement. "Not only have they been a great supporter for years, but the foundation's values and mission are perfectly aligned with the Y's. 

The Orokowa Foundation, named for a peninsula in New Zealand's Bay of Islands, is a private family foundation that focuses on health, education, human services and the environment, the organization said. 

Other donors will be honored at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will begin at 5 p.m., following a 3 p.m. family fun event.

Community members are invited to enjoy the center's new facility, with family activities such as face painting and a moon bounce also scheduled for the event.

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