Light the Way for Future Generations
Many years ago, as parents in search of sports activities for their four children, Jayne and Al Swantner discovered the wholesome and healthy environment of the YMCA. Jayne was so impressed with the Y's positive influence on youth and families that she worked relentlessly to bring YMCA programs, and eventually the full-facility South County Family YMCA, to her own neighborhood. Fifty years later, Jayne still volunteers countless hours of her time for activities that benefit the YMCA. It is her personal goal to make the world a better place for future generations. For Jayne and her husband, Al, becoming Lamplighter Society members will ensure that their lifetime of work benefiting the YMCA will be sustained.
Story of the Lamplighter Sir Harry Lauder often related a story of those who were responsible for lighting the street lights of his city just at dusk. Sir Lauder would watch each lighter progress from lamp to lamp, causing each new light to soften the approaching darkness. “Finally,” said Sir Lauder, “even though the lamplighter had disappeared around some far corner, you knew he had been there by the lights he left behind.”
Become a Member of the YMCA Lamplighter Society
With the Y, you're not just a member of an association, you're part of a cause with a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, improving health and wellbeing, and supporting our neighbors. The Lamplighter Society was established in St. Louis in 1972 in recognition of individuals who remember the Y in their estate plans, make an outright gift to the YMCA Endowment Fund, or establish various kinds of planned gifts to light the way for those who follow.
Members may designate their gifts to support a specific branch or program if they wish. Gifts currently made or future designated to the YMCA Endowment Fund are recognized at the following levels:
George Williams Circle: $50,000
Honorary Trustee $25,000
Honorary Director $10,000
Member of Society $5,000 (Cash minimum)
Ways to Give and Become a Lamplighter
Will bequests and living trusts
Gifts to the Y through wills or living trusts may include specific property, a dollar amount or percentage.
Sample Bequest Language
I give to The YMCA of Greater St. Louis, MO. Corporation, St. Louis, MO., the sum of $ or percent of the remainder of my estate to be used for the benefit (branch specific/in support of a specific purpose).
Gift of Securities
Gifts of appreciated securities allow a charitable income tax deduction and capital gains tax savings.
Making a gift of a life insurance policy may allow a sizeable gift to the Y with minimal cost.
A charitable gift annuity allows for a significant gift to the Y while providing fixed life income to the donor and/or loved ones.
A cash gift is welcome for individuals wanting to become a member of the YMCA Lamplighter Society.
Call or visit the branch executive at your local YMCA today and become a Lamplighter, or visit www.gwrymca.org.