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$100,000 Given to Benefit Women and Children

posted Feb 6, 2014, 9:10 AM by Admin Admin


Winfield, KS, January 6, 2014 – The Power of the Purse – a women’s giving circle established with Legacy Regional Community Foundation – marked a $100,000 giving milestone in November 2013.

Power of the Purse (POP) awarded six grants this fall. With those grants, its cumulative granting over the six years since its start topped the $100,000 mark. Established in 2007, POP has a mission to better the lives of women and children. It operates by combining membership contributions to form a fund from which grants are awarded. Some of the organizations that POP has awarded grants to over its history are the Community Learning Center, Cowley County Human Society, the Cowley Cares Coalition, Family Life Services and Safe Homes among other organizations.

Gayle McPherson, director of Eagle Nest, Inc. in Winfield, says, “The help that POP provides to us is invaluable. The families in our programs are learning skills that are changing their lives and their futures with personal support and hard work. POP has been a major supporter of our efforts.”

Soroptimist of Arkansas City president Deborah Hunt agrees. “We share a mission with POP to help women and girls in our community. Their financial gifts enable our volunteers to do more projects with more people and we appreciate their efforts.”

 “The Power of the Purse demonstrates the impact that is possible from combined resources,” say Winfield CPA Patty Neises, POP’s president. “Every POP member makes at least a $400 annual contribution. Multiply that by our 40 person membership and we can make a difference in Cowley County.”

For membership information, please contact the Legacy office at (620) 221-7224.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. For more information, please contact Legacy Regional Community Foundation at (620) 221-7224 or (620) 442-1322 or visits www.legacyregionalfoundation.org.

 

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Battle of the Badges Raises More than $4K

posted Sep 12, 2013, 6:53 AM by Admin Admin   [ updated Sep 12, 2013, 6:53 AM ]

from the Arkansas City Traveler - Saturday, September 7, 2013 - Staff Report. Click here to view original article.

A local cancer support fund is nearly $5,000 richer after accepting the proceeds from a charity basketball competition between area police and firefighters.

Organizers of the first-ever Battle of the Badges collected $4,542 during the Aug. 24 event.

That money was added to earlier T- shirt sales and donations to benefit the Shannon Seaton Memorial Fund, operated through the Legacy Foundation.

"The Battle of the Badges basketball games brought in over $4,500, thanks to the generosity of our community," said Arkansas City Recreation Center director Casey Doty.

"We are happy with the amount of money raised, everyone had a good time and we look forward to hosting an event next year."

Doty, Clifton Lolar and Cindy Waugh, administrative assistant at the Ark City Fire-EMS Department, organized the charity competition after Lolar brought the idea to Doty, his supervisor at the Rec Center, last spring.

"I was surprised at how well it went," Lolar said, "and all the money that was raised. We're looking forward to doing it again next year."

Lolar said he first envisioned something smaller, held inside the Rec Center gym.

But the "battle" wound up taking place at W.S. Scott Auditorium, and featured police and firefighters from Arkansas City, Burden, Udall and Winfield, as well as the county sheriff's office.

The police won the final game, taking home a large trophy donated by Elite Advertising. About 300 adult tickets were sold and attendance was estimated to be 500 to 600 total.

"It was just a super-fun evening of entertainment all around," Waugh said. "Once again, Cowley County showed they care."

The Shannon Seaton Memorial Fund, started in May 2012, provides grants to local families struggling financially because of cancer.

Shannon Seaton died from inflammatory breast cancer in April 2012.

"We are so grateful to everybody who made the Battle of the Badges happen," said David Allen Seaton.

"It was a fun event put together by some amazing people. Shannon would be so proud of the community coming together for such a great cause in her name."

Power of the Purse giving to top $100K in 2013

posted Aug 2, 2013, 1:57 PM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated Aug 2, 2013, 1:58 PM ]

Winfield, KS, August 5, 2013 – The Power of the Purse – a women’s giving circle established with Legacy Regional Community Foundation – will celebrate a $100,000 giving milestone in the coming months.

Established in 2007, the Power of the Purse (POP) has given out just over $90,000 to date. In October, the voting membership will award this year’s grants, raising that total to over $100,000.

“The Power of the Purse demonstrates the impact that is possible from combined resources,” say Winfield CPA Patty Neises, POP’s president. “Last year’s membership neared 40 women and their contributions created a large pool of funds for the grants that were given out in this community.”

Every POP member makes at least a $400 annual contribution. Because POP is held with Legacy, Legacy’s charitable status makes the membership contributions tax-deductible.  The contributions are combined to form a fund from which the membership awards grants.

Some of the organizations that POP has awarded grants to are the Community Learning Center, Cowley County Human Society, the Cowley Cares Coalition, Family Life Services and Safe Homes among other organizations.

For membership information, please contact the Legacy office at (620) 221-7224. POP established a new membership level at the $200 mark for women 40 and under.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. For more information, please contact Legacy Regional Community Foundation at (620) 221-7224 or (620) 442-1322 or visits www.legacyregionalfoundation.org.

Legacy Foundation Offers Challenge Grant for Donations to Food PantriesPost

posted Jul 19, 2013, 12:10 PM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated Jul 19, 2013, 12:10 PM ]

 

Winfield, KS, July 15, 2013 – In response to “Winfield food pantry needs community's help”, the July 13, 2013 article in the Winfield Courier, Legacy Regional Community Foundation is offering $1,000 in matching funds for donations made through Legacy to the Winfield Food Pantry and Manna Ministries. Donations will receive a 50% match on a first-come-first-serve basis.  

“Our local pantries do great work and the Community Foundation is pleased to be responsive to this need,” says Pam Moore, executive director. “By offering up these match dollars, we challenge the public to show their support of these organizations too.”

To qualify, a donation must come to Legacy Foundation with the Winfield Food Pantry or Manna Ministries in the memo line. Donations will be matched until the pool of matching funds is depleted. All donations are tax-deductible.

Donations can be mailed to Legacy Foundation, P O Box 713, Winfield, KS 67156 or delivered in person to 1216 Main in Winfield.

For further information, visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org or contact the office by phone at (620) 221-7224.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

Central Burden and Sedan High School Students Awarded Scholarships

posted May 24, 2013, 1:21 PM by Admin Admin   [ updated May 24, 2013, 1:27 PM ]

Winfield, KS, May 22, 2013 — Ten high school students from Central of Burden USD 462 and Chautauqua County Community USD 286 high schools have received scholarships from funds invested with Legacy Regional Community Foundation.

From USD 286 in Sedan, Kansas, Lindsay Jones, Cheyenne Kline, Sterling Pray and Jared Usry are recipients of the Fred and Betty Travis Scholarship. Jones will attend Indiana University to study International Business. Kline will attend University of Missouri to study Journalism and Political Science. Pray will attend Southwestern College to study Athletic Training with a minor in Biology. Usry will attend Cowley County Community College to study Nursing. Melissa Miller, a 2012 graduate, also received an award from the Travis Scholarship. She is a student at Kansas State University where she is studying Agribusiness.

Jared Usry is also the recipient of the Madlyn Root Scholarship.

Timothy Miller is the recipient of the Robert Warrender Scholarship for Sedan. He will attend Kansas State University to study Architecture.

From Central of Burden, Austin Mettling and Cameron Wingert are the recipients of the Hanna and Francis Jabara Scholarship. Mettling will attend Sterling College to study Christian Ministries. Wingert will attend Cowley County Community College to study Business.

Kasey Biddle and Whitney Nickel are the recipients of the Orville Bair Scholarship. Biddle will attend Fort Hays State University to study Physical Therapy. Nickel will attend Cowley County Community College to study Nursing.

Scholarships decisions were made by committees from within each high school from a pool of submitted applications.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. For more information contact Legacy at (620) 221-7224 or visit
www.legacyregionalfoundation.org.
 

Belle Plaine Area Graduates Awarded Scholarships

posted May 23, 2013, 2:23 PM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated May 24, 2013, 1:27 PM by Admin Admin ]

Winfield, KS, May 23, 2013 — Fifteen graduates from the Belle Plaine region have received scholarships from funds invested with Belle Plaine Community Foundation.

Lanore Bishop Education Scholarships are awarded to graduates of Belle Plaine or Mulvane high schools who will pursue degrees in education. High school seniors Emily Chancellor, Megan Doyle, Hallie Good, Aspen Hamilton, Zachary Haynes, Amanda Hively, Diana Rosenkrance and Carly Wichman received awards as did 2011 graduates Taylor Scott and Emily Doyle and 2008 graduates Melanie Gerard Sturgeon and Margaret Detrick. 2007 Mulvane High School graduate Tyler Goad also received a Bishop scholarship towards graduate studies.

The Ralph and Dorothy Hopper Mathematics Scholarship was awarded to Breanna Potter. She plans to attend Kansas State University to study Veterinary Medicine.

The first ever Sammye VanderWall Scholarship was awarded to Taila Lewis. She plans to attend Cowley County Community College where she will study graphic design.

Bishops Scholarships are decided by a committee formed by Belle Plaine Community Foundation. Hopper and VanderWall scholarships were decided by committees from Belle Plaine High School. Applications are made available in the early spring.

Belle Plaine Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. Belle Plaine Community Foundation is an affiliate of Legacy Regional Community Foundation. For more information contact Legacy at (620) 221-7224 or visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org or www.bpcommunityfoundation.org.

Winfield High School Students Receive Scholarships

posted May 22, 2013, 12:05 PM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated May 24, 2013, 1:28 PM by Admin Admin ]

Winfield, KS, May 21, 2013 — Five Winfield High School students have received scholarships administered by Legacy Regional Community Foundation.

Avery Osen and Ashley Smith are the recipients of the Legacy Community Scholarship. Each will receive $500. Osen will attend Cowley County Community College to study broadcast journalism. Smith will attend Southwestern College to study elementary education.

Ashton Humbert is the recipient of the Robert Warrender Scholarship. She will receive $1,000 in the first year. This scholarship can continue for a total of four years and $4,000. Humbert will attend Southwestern College to study music education.

Cassie Homan is the recipient of the Marlyn and Blaine Harp Scholarship. She will receive $350. Homan plans to attend Southwestern College and major in Business with a minor in Biology.

Tymon Wall is the recipient of the Nichols-Broadhurst Scholarship. He will receive $1,000. Wall plans to attend the University of Kansas to study political science.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. For more information contact Legacy at (620) 221-7224 or visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org.

Fourteen Arkansas City High School Seniors Receive Scholarships Through ACE Fund

posted May 22, 2013, 11:52 AM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated May 24, 2013, 1:25 PM by Admin Admin ]

Arkansas City, KS, May 8, 2013 — Fourteen Arkansas City High School students have received scholarships through the Arkansas City Schools Enhancement (ACE) Fund. Most were awarded on Monday, May 6, 2013 at the ACHS Senior Awards Night.
 
- The ACE Fund Scholarships were awarded to two students. Rosa Mendez will attend Pittsburg State University to study Biology. Dax Shaw will attend Hutchinson Community College.

- Gene & Sally Burr Scholarship was awarded to Kacy Ternes. He will study Secondary Education.
- Class of '55 Scholarship was awarded to Madison McDowell. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study to become a veterinarian.
- Class of '57 Scholarship was awarded to Lauren Welch. She will attend Kansas State University to study Business and Dental Hygiene.
 
- Class of '59 Scholarship was awarded to Erin Morris. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study to become a pharmacist.
 
- Janet English Scholarship was awarded to Janelle Headrick. She will attend Kansas State University to study Architecture or Architectural Engineering.
 
- Isaacson Family Scholarship was awarded to Sarrah Westenfeld. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study Education.
 
- Norman & Joline Iverson Family Scholarship was awarded to Marissa Leake. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study Nursing.
 
- Legacy Community Scholarship was awarded to Kelsey Wallace. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study to become a veterinarian.
 
- PEO Chapter ER Scholarship was awarded to Courtney Saia. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study to become a doctor.
 
- Rogers Family Scholarship was awarded to Breanna Leake. She will attend Cowley County Community College to study Dental Hygiene.
 
- Warren Family Scholarship was awarded to Laci Hadorn. She will attend Pittsburg State University to study to become a doctor.
 
- Arkansas City Robert Warrender Scholarship was awarded to Austin Pond. He will attend Kansas State University to study Engineering. 

The ACE Fund is invested with Legacy Regional Community Foundation, which administers the scholarships. Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. For more information contact Legacy at (620) 221-7224 or visit www.legacyregionalfoundation.org. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Dolly Bonfy and Kathy Bryant presented graduating seniors from Arkansas City High School with scholarships awards through the ACE Fund. Photo credit: Mike Beauchamp

Leadership Cowley County Announces New Graduates

posted May 22, 2013, 11:49 AM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated May 24, 2013, 1:27 PM by Admin Admin ]


Winfield, KS, May 7, 2013 - On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, Leadership Cowley County held a graduation luncheon for its 2013 Class. Sixteen community members completed the eight-month course.

Leadership Cowley County is a program dedicated to training individuals from all walks of life in the principles of civic leadership. In one retreat and seven day-long sessions, the class members learn about and travel to many areas in the county and study and practice curriculum drawn from materials by the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC), a leadership development organization with the charge of cultivating civic leadership throughout Kansas.

To practice leadership principles, the students participate in exercises to challenge their own strengths and weaknesses and each session offers opportunities to explore the motivations, values and perspectives of others and study the elements of successful team-building.

The 2013 graduates of Leadership Cowley County are Carol Berning, Cowley County; Elva Bohling, Mosaic; Janet Davidson, Cowley County Community College; Kelly Dillner, 102.5 The River; Deb Firebaugh, Cowley First; Charlotte Johnson, Retired; Lewis Johnson, Retired; Carrey Nickum, GE Aviation; Lynn Pettigrew-Norris, ECCRC; Erik Olsson, CornerBank; Heidi Potucek, Winfield Chamber of Commerce; Sarah Stevens, Legacy Regional Community Foundation; Zack Stoy, Community National Bank; Stacy Tsosie, Marland Children’s Home; and Rusty Zimmerman, Union State Bank.

Leadership Cowley County is run by a board of past graduates and is funded in part through an endowment held with Legacy Regional Community Foundation. For further information, visit the www.leadershipcowleycounty.org.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. For further information, visit the www.legacyregionalfoundation.org.

PHOTO CAPTION: The Leadership Cowley County Class of 2013

‘Match Madness’ Nets $14,000 for Charities

posted May 22, 2013, 11:45 AM by Sarah Stevens   [ updated May 22, 2013, 12:11 PM ]

Christie Rogers, Gene Burr and Sally Burr make contributions to the ACE Fund at Match Madness on March 29, 2013. The ACE Fund was the top-earning organization for the event, bringing in $3,587.
Winfield, KS, April 11, 2013 – Last month’s Match Madness brought in $14,004 for local charitable endowments. On Friday, March 29, 2013, Legacy Regional Community Foundation hosted Match Madness, offering $10,000 dollars in matching funds for donations made that day to nonprofits with endowments held at Legacy. Qualifying contributions received a 50% match.
 
“It was great to see community members – hundreds of them over the course of the day – demonstrate their support for our local non-profits. All told, with $14,000 for the community and Legacy’s match and bonuses, Match Madness put a total of $22,328 into the coffers of these organizations,” says Pam Moore, executive director.

The Arkansas City Public School Enhancement Fund, Habitat for Humanity Winfield, and Winfield Public Library were the top three organizations by contributions received.

For further information, visit the www.legacyregionalfoundation.org or contact our office by phone at (620) 221-7224 or in person at 1216 Main in Winfield.

Legacy Regional Community Foundation creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region.

PHOTO CAPTION: Christie Rogers, Gene Burr and Sally Burr make contributions to the ACE Fund at Match Madness on March 29, 2013. The ACE Fund was the top-earning organization for the event, bringing in $3,587.

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