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Spirit of Humanity Award

Each year the Legacy Regional Community Foundation will recognize an individual for inspiring the vision of  Legacy Foundation through his/her leadership and action.  The award recipient will be honored at a reception and posted in the Foundation gallery.  The Spirit of Humanity Award recipient will receive a commemorative inscription for their wall and the opportunity to award a $100 grant to the charity of his/her choice.  (Download or print the Spirit of Humanity Award application using the link at the bottom of this page.)



· The candidate may be of any age, however must live in the region in-or-around the Cowley/Sumner County area

· The candidate must reflect uncommon leadership or action within the last 12 months that truly reflects the mission and vision of the Legacy Regional Community Foundation, which is “creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership & connecting donors to critical needs of the region.”

· The action may take many forms, it need not be financial.

· The candidate may also be a civic group, organization, or groups of individuals for achievements or contributions to the community.

NOMINATION DEADLINE:  Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m

Board Chair, Janis Haynes, smiles with Sid Regnier our 2016 Spirit of Humanity awardee

SID REGNIER | 2016 Spirit of Humanity

Sid Regnier was honored with a come-and-go reception given by the Legacy Foundation on Thursday, February 9, 2017.  Regnier is the first recipient of the “Spirit of Humanity” Award.  “We are thrilled to have this opportunity to recognize Sid’s generosity in our community,” stated Yazmin Wood, Executive Director of Legacy Foundation, “His philanthropic work, civic leadership and volunteerism truly inspire the vision of Legacy Foundation in action.”

The Legacy Foundation board of directors established the “Spirit of Humanity” award last Fall announcing it at the 20th Anniversary     Celebration held in October.  It is the desire of the board of directors to recognize community members that inspire by their action the vision of Legacy Foundation that creates a stronger future for our area by building endowments, providing informed leadership and connecting donors to the critical needs of the region. 

In a recent interview when asked how he came to be community-minded and philanthropic “Times were different,” Regnier said, “it is how I grew up.  You don’t necessarily think about those things.”  Regnier grew up in a home where giving back was just how they lived, so he comes by his humanitarian-outlook naturally, through the example set by his family.  Growing up in Nebraska, his parents were supportive of their church.  His father was a Shriner and gave to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.  His growing-up was filled with hard work and long hours, first working with his father in farm implements and later, at 17, he managed and took care of the local country club golf course.  Moreover, an Arkansas City connection with the Docking Family was made through his mother’s service work long before Sid moved to our community.

“If you talk with them,” Regnier shared, “everyone has ideas of needs to be met.  I’m not afraid to ask questions.”  What has always been important for Regnier is to answer his own question, “What is the right thing for me to do?”  From work with the Lutheran Church, to South Central Kansas Medical Center,            AC Tumbleweeds, Vision 20/20, Legacy Foundation, and of course Cowley College, just to mention a few - Regnier has done a lot.

Regnier encourages people to get involved in our community.  Important words to him are “legacy” and “regional.”  His work with Vision 20/20 and the expanded reach into eastern Cowley County and Belle Plaine has been integral in creating a collective impact for our area.  Regnier speaks often of the transfer of wealth out of our area that is occurring at an alarming rate.  “It has been exciting to see how the Legacy Foundation has expanded over the years,” Regnier wrote, “we are a regional foundation and the board has expanded the region over the years, and I am sure that this will continue, as areas have special needs     identified.  Legacy is a place where contributions can help to meet the needs.”

And, what really makes him smile?  The kid with the lemonade stand that is trying to raise a little money to help another.  Hurrah!

Nelson Mandela is credited with saying, “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived.  It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”  Regnier is a significant example of someone that has made a difference in the lives of others, especially in Cowley County.

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Feb 16, 2017, 1:13 PM