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Heritage Club

Become a Member of our Heritage Club

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Together, we can build stronger, more inclusive communities, provide support for and promote positive change overall. You can impact generations to come by becoming a member of the Heritage Club.

Since the YMCA of the Suncoast (DBA YMCA of the Suncoast) was founded in our community in 1957 thousands of our neighbors and friends have personally benefited from the Y's commitment to strengthening community.

The YMCA Board of Directors has created an endowment fund and Heritage Club honoring those who have made a commitment to provide for the future of our YMCA through their estate plans.

Heritage Club Members, by their current or planned gift, ensure that the values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility endure and that Y programs will positively impact our community for generations to come.

To discuss becoming a member of the Heritage Club, of if you would like to have a confidential conversation regarding this decision, please contact oru Philanthropy Advisor, W. Ben Prewitt at 727-467-9622 or [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Our Heritage Club

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How can I or our family members become a member of the Heritage Club?

Anyone who provides a letter of intent, indicating that the YMCA of the Suncoast is a beneficiary of their estate plan, or creates a planned gift as a result of their estate planning can be a member.

What type of gifts could I give?

We know that members of the Heritage Club choose to give to perpetuate their values and that their gifts say something about who they are and how they want to be remembered. Therefore, options are available to meet individual circumstances.
The majority of gifts are received in these forms:

  • Planned Gifts including:
    • Bequests through wills
    • Naming the Y as a beneficiary of retirement plans
    • Naming the Y as a beneficiary of insurance policies
    • Living trusts
    • Charitable trusts

Can I designate my gift for a specific purpose?

Many donors choose to leave their gift unrestricted to allow the Y governing board to direct the earnings where the need is greatest. However, the YMCA of Suncoast has specific options to which you can designate your funds:

  • Undesignated for highest needs at the time
  • For use at a specific branch
  • For facility improvements
  • For high-priority programs identified by the board of directors

What is the proper wording I should use to ensure my gift is designated as I wish?

Here is an example of wording you could use:

"I give to YMCA of the Suncoast, a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in Florida the sum of $______ (or _______ percent of the remainder of my estate) to be deposited in the YMCA's endowment fund. The income shall be used to benefit said YMCA in such manner as the board of directors thereof may direct"

Whom do I call with questions?

W. Ben Prewitt
Philanthropy Advisor
(727) 467-9622
[email protected]

Do you have a professional who can help with estate planning?

As you begin to create your estate plan, you might want a professional to assist you in the implementation of you plan. The YMCA of the Suncoast invites its YMCA members to participate as a Professional Partner. We are pleased to provide the following list of professionals in our service areas.

  • Attorneys
  • CPAs
  • Financial Advisors
  • Insurance
  • Banking

Kole J. Long, ESQ.
Special Needs Lawyers, PA
901 Chestnut St., Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33456
[email protected]

Christina Green Rankin
Attorney at Law
Law Offices of Richard D. Green
1010 Drew Street
Clearwater, FL 33755
[email protected]

Noel White, ESQ.
Sylvia Noel White, P.A.
1108 S. Highland Ave.
Clearwater, FL 33756
[email protected]

Michael Stone, CPA
Administrative Owner
7512 Ridge Road
Port Richey, FL 34668
[email protected]

Suzanne E. Patrick, CPA
Bollenback & Forret, P.A., CPAs
1000 Pinellas Street
Clearwater, FL 33756
[email protected]

David J. Worobec
Financial Advisor
Northwestern Mutual
17757 U.S. Highway 19 N., Suite 100
Clearwater, FL 33764
[email protected]

Kimberly Briggs
Raymond James & Associates
26750 U.S. Highway 19 N., Ste. 100
Clearwater, FL 33761
[email protected]

Greg Richardson
Capstone Insurance
8406 Massachusetts Ave Ste. 2
New Port Richey, FL 34653
[email protected]

Rick Toenjes
Vice President
Valley National Bank
4790 140th Avenue North
Clearwater, FL 33762
[email protected]

Stories from Heritage Club Members

  • Kim and Dennis Briggs
  • Frank and Toni Kenny

Kim and Dennis Briggs

Kim and Dennis Briggs

I grew up in a military family and moved around to different parts of the country frequently, says Kim Briggs, YMCA Chief Volunteer Officer. The military bases we lived on had their own facilities for health and wellness, so I don't have the typical "learned to swim" or "played basketball" Y-story. My husband, Dennis, grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, and did not have an early age Y experience either. Our Y experience began much later in life." With busy careers and social lives and commitments for staying healthy, Kim and Dennis joined their local YMCA branch for cardio and weight workouts. "We decided on the YMCA because of the welcoming environment and because it didn't feel like your typical "gym". Instead, it was a place where people with like interests could belong in community. Dennis and I would typically go for our cardio workouts several mornings a week and weight workouts two nights a week. Every time we entered the YMCA branch, we were most impressed with all of the activities going on - there was something for every age, ability, and interest," she adds.

At some point along the way, Kim mentioned her pleasure of attending the YMCA to a friend who happened to be on the YMCA of the Suncoast Board of Directors at the time. He introduced her to the Board and soon she was accepted as a new volunteer member, and she has been involved ever since. Over the years, she has served on the Finance Committee, Mayor's Prayer Breakfast Committee, Endowment Committee, Philanthropy Committee as well as various adhoc roles. Kim says, "Through my involvement on the Board, Dennis has also become passionately involved with supporting the mission of the YMCA as well. Truth be told, he was the one who was the first to suggest that we update our estate plan to include the YMCA of the Suncoast in our end of life wishes."

"We are most excited to be involved with the Y because of their commitment to make our community a better place. If there is a need to fill, a project to get done, or a population to serve, the YMCA is willing to look into it and consider what they can do to be a part of the solution. We enjoy supporting the Y because it is an organization doing so much for so many. And they do it by honoring their mission "to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all."

Kim and Dennis also use Y facilities when they travel. They like knowing that they have a "home" even when they are away. "When I was recently out of town during the holidays and visited a Y in Omaha, Nebraska, one of the front desk staff recognized me from six months earlier in the summer and remembered that I was from Florida. It was a nice personal touch," says Kim. "The YMCA has made an impact on our lives in many ways. By being involved on the Board and on various committees, I feel like I am making a difference in the community. There are so many social and community challenges, and we typically only hear about the bad things that are going on - but by being involved in the YMCA of the Suncoast, it is refreshing and rewarding to see the all the good that is happening through their programming and community endeavors," she adds.

Frank and Toni Kenny

Frank and Toni Kenny

Frank & Toni Kenny have called Citrus County their home since the 1970's. For over 30 years, Frank has either volunteered with or worked for the Sheriff's Youth Ranch. His deep passion for helping young people also drove him to support the YMCA in Citrus County. Frank shares, "the YMCA is a great place for kids to go to make friends, learn healthy habits, and stay out of trouble. Young people need guidance and they need to know that someone cares. The Y offers so many after-school programs and camps for kids to participate in with people who really care about them." Toni added, "I love that the Y includes the entire family by offering a multitude of services that support healthy lifestyles". The Y is all-inclusive - with a diversity of programs for people from all walks of life - children, young people, parents, seniors, and people with disabilities - the Y has something for everyone and all feel welcome and supported in their fitness goals."

Frank and Toni have been long time supporters of the YMCA Annual Giving Campaign which helps to support the Y's ability to provide financial assistance and needed programs in the community. Recently, they decided to become Heritage Club members and provide support to the Y through a gift in their estate plan. "It was important for us to ensure that our gift goes on to continue to support the children and families in our community who need it most. "Citrus County has definitely benefitted from the YMCA and it is our hope that it will continue to grow and offer programs to support healthy lifestyles for people of all ages," said Frank.