Celebrating Generosity Through Legacy

29 December 2023

Thank You for a Memorable Heritage Society Event

Thank you to the over 100 people who joined us at the Towne Point Club in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 9, 2023, for our Heritage Society Event. We want to express our gratitude to the members of the Heritage Society, individuals who have made gifts to the Endowment or have included the YMCA of South Hampton Roads in their estate plans. It's through your forward-thinking generosity that we can continue to be a hub of inclusivity, providing opportunities and support for all members of our community.

The Heritage Society Event was more than just a gathering; it was a testament to our shared vision for a community that thrives on unity and seeks equity for all its members. Audra Bullock, President of Tidewater Friends of Foster Care, shared how their organization’s partnership with the Y has had a transformative impact on so many of our region’s foster families. A particularly moving moment occurred during the event when a video was shared, providing a firsthand glimpse into the profound difference made through this collaboration. Audra Bullock's insights and the compelling video highlighted the power of collective efforts in building a community that champions a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. For those who couldn't attend, you can watch the inspiring video.

In the words of our President and CEO Anthony Walters, "The Y is where EVERYONE BELONGS regardless of their zip code, race, income, gender, or religion. We believe everyone should have access to opportunities that nurture their potential and help them to thrive. And we know that a community that is unified is more likely to understand the value of and seek equity for all of its citizens." These powerful sentiments resonate deeply with the core values of the YMCA of South Hampton Roads.

Looking Forward to the Journey Ahead

As we express our gratitude, we also look forward to the continued journey ahead. Your support serves as a catalyst for creating a lasting impact and ensuring that the YMCA of South Hampton Roads remains a space where everyone can access opportunities for personal growth and community well-being.

Your Gift, Their Future

If you are inspired by our mission and wish to be part of the Heritage Society, ensuring that our valuable life-changing programs and services will be continued for future generations, we welcome you to join. By including the YMCA of South Hampton Roads in your estate plans or making a gift to the Endowment, you become a crucial part of our future. 

Please contact Michele Catalano at mcatalano@ymcashr.org for more information about planned giving opportunities.