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Heritage Club

Committed to Our Community

The Heritage Club recognizes donors who have made a planned gift to the YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee. The Foundation is honored to have more than 500 individuals who have left a lasting legacy by including the YMCA in their estate plans.

For members of the Heritage Club, a charitable bequest or other estate gift to the Foundation passes on their family's values and ensures the Y serves other families for years to come. Their lasting impact has helped make the YMCA of Middle Tennessee what it is today.

H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award

Each year, we invite all Heritage Club members to a special dinner to recognize a deserving donor with the H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award, the club's highest honor.

Generously sponsored by the H.G. Hill Realty Company, the award perpetuates the memory of H.G. Hill Jr. who served as Chairman of the YMCA Board of Directors from 1950 to 1953 and again from 1965 to 1967. H.G. Hill was an instrumental leader to the YMCA of Middle Tennessee for more than 50 years.

2017 H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award Recipient

Betty and Mary Dickens

In 2017, the Foundation presented the H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award to longtime supporters Betty and Marty Dickens.

Betty and Marty have been great friends to and supporters of many important organizations in our city, including Belmont University, Next Door, Rocketown and our YMCA.

Marty has served on both the Foundation and Association boards at the YMCA of Middle Tennessee, and he served as chair of the Association board from 2012 to 2013. He has a passion for the Christian mission of the Y and is always interested in supporting and encouraging the ways in which we deliver on our mission.


  • 2016 Jimmy Webb
  • 2015 Cal Turner
  • 2014 Bob and Ruth Napier
  • 2013 Richard and Sandra Fulton
  • 2012 Bill Wilson
  • 2011 Frances Caldwell Jackson
  • 2011 Anne Caldwell Jackson
  • 2011 Wentworth Caldwell, Jr.
  • 2010 Barry and Homer Gibbs
  • 2009 Mary and Lee Barfield
  • 2008 Kaye and Ron Knox
  • 2007 Bond DeLoache
  • 2006 Sen. Douglas and Lolly Henry
  • 2005 Frank and Linda Burkholder
  • 2004 Marshall "Shag" Polk
  • 2003 Irene and Ridley Wills
  • 2002 Honey and Joe Rodgers
  • 2001 Florence and Buzz Davis
  • 2000 Anne and Dick Ragsdale
  • 1999 Anna and Bill Wadlington
  • 1998 Cathy and Bill Turner
  • 1997 Ann Knestrick
  • 1997 Walter Knestrick
  • 1996 Margaret and Dan Maddox
  • 1995 Sis and Dortch Oldham
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