Ken and Laura Sampson

A public school teacher for 11 years, Kent Sampson worked for the YMCA of Greater New York during his summers off. In 1982, he decided to make a career change and began working full time for the Y.

With a desire to advance his Y career, Kent took the opportunity to join YMCA
Camp Seymour as the executive director from 1989 to 1997. “It was the defining moment of my career,” said Kent. “It gave me an opportunity to take what I’d learned up to that point and really begin to put it into practice.”

This year, when considering where they could make a difference and create a legacy that honors a place that has been so meaningful in their lives, the Sampsons reached out to YMCA Camp Seymour. “You want to give to an organization that’s impressive and will help improve people’s lives,” said Kent.

The Sampsons have created a legacy by generously deciding to support the  YMCA Endowment with a planned gift through their estate and to provide capital funding for a long-time camp dream-to build a zip line course. Their generosity will serve campers today and for generations to come.