Please join us in congratulating our very own Judy Bright for being honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's YMCA of the Triangle Annual Celebration.
For nearly 40 years, Judy Bright’s dedication, vision and leadership improved the development of children, adults, families, volunteers and ultimately, the YMCA of the Triangle. Judy’s goal has always been “to be the best leader that the Camps and the Y could have.”
Judy began her YMCA career at Camp Seafarer in 1970 as the head counselor of Camp III and worked in a variety of positions at Camp including leading personnel and operations. In 1980, she became the director of Camp Seafarer – a position she held through the summer of 1992. In 1988, she assumed responsibilities as director of camping services, expanding her responsibilities to support Camp Sea Gull, a position she held concurrent with her duties as director of Camp Seafarer. Under her leadership, Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer launched extended season programs and established Camps’ philanthropic support campaign, the Camp Annual Fund.
From 1994 – 2006, Judy served as executive vice president of the YMCA of the Triangle. In that role, responding to rapid growth, she created the Association departments for Financial Development, Risk Management, Human Resources, Marketing & Communications and Strategic Planning. Her leadership and vision helped strengthen the YMCA of the Triangle to keep pace with our Y’s growth and service to the community.
In 2000, with Judy’s guidance and coaching, the Capital Area YMCA merged with the Durham YMCA to create the YMCA of the Triangle.
“It would be hard to find an area of our YMCA’s operation that Judy has not touched,” said Doug McMillan, YMCA of the Triangle CEO. “Judy’s knowledge and understanding of the Y and Camps is encyclopedic. Beyond her professional accomplishments, her relationships are her most valuable contribution to our Y.”
Today, YMCA staff, donors and volunteers and nonprofit leaders from around the Triangle continue to rely on Judy’s skills and wisdom.
As Judy would say, “Let’s clap for that.”