The Legacy of Hope Endowment Fund was established to create new programs and strengthen existing programs to make The Arc better able to serve the growing needs of developmentally disabled persons in the Sedgwick County area.
It started in 2002 with a bequest of approximately $60,000 from the estate of Isabelle Winter, mother of Arc client Jeff Winter.
Legacy of Hope annual fundraising events began in 2004 and included the Ladies’ Luncheon, the Golf Tournament and the Car Show. Additionally, Avivo Brick Oven Pizzeria initiated an annual fundraising event in 2005.
Major non-cash gifts include a parcel of donated land from the Comotara Neighborhood Association that was sold in 2004 and a 1967 Jaguar XKE from Denny McKee of Rogue River, Oregon that raised $28,000 before it was given away at the 2005 Independence Day Car Show.
The endowment fund has been the beneficiary of two matching grants from the Wichita Community Foundation. In 2004, we received $50,000 for raising $150,000. In 2007, we received $25,000 for raising $75,000. Other Legacy of Hope Endowment major donors ($5,000 and over) include Fidelity Bank, Wal-Mart, the estate of Frances Catt (former Arc Board member), the Jessica Good Evans Charitable Trust, and an anonymous donor at the 2006 Ladies’ Luncheon.
The Legacy of Hope Endowment surpassed the $500,000 milestone on May 31, 2007.
The video is an informational piece touching on the history of The Arc of Sedgwick County.
The vision of the founding parents in 1953 carries on in the vision of The Arc leadership over 50 years later. The hopes and dreams of these visionaries is lived out daily in the lives The Arc touches, but our work is far from over and The Arc’s Legacy of Hope Endowment has been created to see The Arc’s mission through.