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Bright Society

Securing A Bright Future

Formerly called the Heritage Club, the YMCA’s legacy society was renamed the Bright Society in 2024 to honor late YMCA executive Judy Bright. The Bright Society is a special group of YMCA of the Triangle supporters who have invested in our endowment or remembered the Y in their estate plan. We are thankful for these partners who, like Judy, care deeply about the children and families of tomorrow.

Portrait of Judy Bright and Bright Society words

Joining the Bright Society is simple. You can qualify by naming the YMCA of the Triangle or any of its branches or camps as a beneficiary in your will, trust, retirement plan, or insurance policy. In addition, donors who give a cumulative amount of $5,000 or more to our endowment become members. Named endowment funds may be established with a pledge of $50,000 or more.

If you would like to include the YMCA of the Triangle, a particular branch of the Y, Camp Sea Gull, Camp Seafarer or Camp Kanata in your estate plans or establish an endowment, please let us know by filling out this brief form. You many also use the below links or email Cole McLaughlin, VP of Philanthropy, to learn more. 

Getting to Know Judy Bright

The Bright Society is named for Judy Bright, who served on staff with YMCA Camp Seafarer and Camp Sea Gull and their parent organization, the YMCA of the Triangle, from 1970-2007. During her tenure, Judy had an incredible impact on the spirit, culture and the ongoing excellence of the YMCA that is still felt today. Judy pioneered the YMCA of the Triangle’s philanthropy program, which is now renowned for having the nation’s largest YMCA Annual Campaign. She also established the Heritage Club, recently renamed in her honor as the Bright Society.