top of page

What is The Heritage Club?

When you become a member of The Heritage Club of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, you become a member of a nationwide association of friends of Boys & Girls Clubs. Like you, these people seek to ensure that the future needs of our local youth are met and they do this by including Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady in their estate plan. This planning might include a will, a charitable gift annuity, a trust or an insurance policy.


What are the Benefits of Membership in The Heritage Club?

As a member of The Heritage Club you are eligible for the following benefits through the Boys & Girls Clubs of America:

  • A welcome letter and The Heritage Club lapel pin that indicates your leadership in the mission to guarantee a strong future for our nation’s youth


  • A periodic publication on tax and estate planning


  • National recognition in The Heritage Club Annual Report


  • Local recognition in the BGCS Annual Report


  • Periodic Heritage Club gatherings and stewardship events

How Can I Become a Member of The Heritage Club?

Joining The Heritage Club is easy. Simply communicate your intentions by signing and returning a Heritage Club Enrollment Form, which is available by reaching out to the Advancement Office of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady. You may also request to speak with a representative to discuss your specific estate planning needs and opportunities.

Download the Heritage Club Enrollment Form


A Foundation for the Future

Since 1936, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady, formerly the Boys Club, has provided a safe haven for the young people of Schenectady by offering quality programs and critically important relationships with nurturing and reliable adults. The Boys & Girls Clubs give their members, ages 6-18, access to dedicated, trained professionals who can provide guidance in adopting strong character and leadership development, healthy lifestyles, pursuing educational and vocational objectives and exploring arts, sports and recreational opportunities.


Most importantly, the Boys & Girls Clubs equip young people with the skills they need to resolve
conflicts peacefully, improve relationships within every aspect of their day-to-day lives, and function as responsible citizens. Your support through a planned gift will ensure that future generations will have the opportunity to live successful and productive lives in a safe, positive and caring environment.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady Heritage Club Members


Mr. Michael Baish & Mrs. Erica Brockmyer

Ms. Michelle Ballou

Mr. & Mrs. Shane & Jennifer Bargy (Founding Members)
Mr. Mark Brinsmaid* (Founding Member)

Mr. Thomas B. Ciancetta & Ms. Patricia A. Clausi  (Founding Members)

Mr. Mark Chaires

Mr. & Mrs. Robert & Catherine Coan

Mr. & Mrs. Ken & Tish Czachor

Sheriff & Mrs. Dominic Dagostino

Ms. Louise V. DiFabbio  (Founding Member)

Ms. Kristen DiPoffi

Dr. & Mrs. Michael L. & Diana L. Gelfand

The Honorable Karen Johnson*

Mr. & Mrs. Sandy & Fred Kaplan

Mrs. Elaine Kennedy

Mr. Charles E. Kilbourne

Mr. Kenneth Lally* (Founding Member)

Mr. Fritz Liss

Mr. Louis Maas* (Founding Member)

Mrs. Brittnay McAvoy, Esq. (Founding Member)

Mrs. Deborah Mullaney

Mr. Mark Nagelsmith (Founding Member)

Mr. & Mrs. Andrew & Nicole O’Keefe (Founding Members)

Mr. & Mrs. Ken & Gladys Petersen

Mr. J. Richard Phillippe* & Mrs. Cynthia H. Phillippe (Founding Members)

Mr. & Mrs. Joseph & Aimee Pryba (Founding Members)

Ms. Emily Ross* (Founding Member)

Mr. & Mrs. Leo & Julie Rouse, Jr.

Ms. Darlene Schwarz* and Ms. Debra Hotaling

Mr. & Mrs. Herbert L. & Cynthia R. Shultz, Jr. (Founding Members)

Mr. & Mrs. Dale & Nicole Smith

Mr. & Mrs. John A. & Karen Vaccaro

Dr. Eugene Zeltmann* & Mrs. Susan Zeltmann

 (Founding Members)


Gifts ANYONE Can Afford

Have you ever wished you could help? But you thought you couldn't afford to give?

You can support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Schenectady without impacting yourself or your family. Including charitable giving as part of your estate plan will help you do just that! Here are just a few ways you can help today through a commitment for tomorrow:



  • a fixed amount, such as $10,000

  • a specific asset, such as a car

  • a percentage, such as 15% of assets

  • what is left of your estate after other bequests have been made

Beneficiary Designations

  • investment account

  • retirement plan

  • life insurance

bottom of page