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YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee

Joe C. David YMCA Outdoor Center Endowment FundThe Heritage Club recognizes those 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 made the ultimate commitment to the YMCA by including it in their estate plans. For members of the Heritage Club, a charitable bequest or other estate gift to the YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee has been a perfect way to pass on their family's values and ensure the Y will be here to serve other families for many years to come. The lasting impact of estate gifts has helped make the YMCA of Middle Tennessee what it is today.

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H.G. Hill Jr.

H.G. Hill Jr. PhilantHropic AWard

The Foundation invites all Heritage Club members to a very special dinner each year 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 1950-1953 and 1965-1967 and who was an instrumental leader to the YMCA of Middle Tennessee for over fifty years.

2015 H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award Recipients:

Cal Turner

In 2015, the YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee presented its highest honor, the H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award, to longtime supporter Cal Turner.

Cal is a native of Scottsville, Kentucky where his father co-founded a dry-goods company in 1939 that would become Dollar General Corporation. Cal graduated from Vanderbilt in 1962 and served three years in the U.S. Navy. He joined Dollar General in 1965, became president in 1977 (serving until 2002), and was elected Chairman in 1988. In 2003, he retired from Dollar General’s board of directors. He serves as Chairman of the Cal Turner Family Foundation.

Cal is a longtime friend who has enriched our Y and other organizations across our community immensely through his passion, generosity and Christ-centered leadership.

Cal’s first gift to the Y was to help build the Robertson County Family YMCA.

Cal served as Association Board Chair in 2006-2007, and. during his tenure, we embarked on the Vision 2020 Campaign which made a transformational impact on our association.

Cal’s generosity extends to so many areas of the Y, making possible a number of critical projects, including our year-round overnight camp at the Joe C. Davis YMCA Outdoor Center.

Previous H.G. Hill Jr. Philanthropic Award Recipients

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 Burkholder 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