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  • Colene Read Named 2021 Generosity Award Recipient

    Colene Read, who was nominated by Austin Lee, received the 2021 Elizabeth Kinch Generosity Award. Colene serves as director of Derby Community Family Services. In 2021 she coordinated the annual food drive to benefit the Derby Food Pantry the same week as coordinating the Super Bowl of Caring. In addition to her work with Derby Community Family Services, Read is well known in the community for other efforts, including: serving on the Board of the Chamber of Commerce and the Derby Community Foundation; volunteering with her therapy dog, Molly, at local nursing homes; being actively involved with Derby Circles, a program to help people bridge out of poverty; and, spearheading with her husband, Gary, the campaign that brought Rock River Rapids into the community. “I once heard it said, that if something is good for Derby, you can bet that Colene is out there supporting it,” commented Theresa Hearn, DCF Executive Director, during the award presentation. In addition to the DRC gift basket, Read was given the opportunity to award a $500 grant to the charity of her choice and she selected Derby Community Family Services to receive the grant. She also joins the selection committee for the award which is comprised of past recipients: Carol Keller Becky Robinson Dave Peebler Ben Ray Brody Landers Kyle Russell (on behalf of Citizens Bank of Kansas) Ken Lyerla Jean Garinger The other nominees for the 2021 award were Derby Senior Center Community Quilters, nominated by BreAnna Monk, and represented by Jane Matney and Kay Depriest; and the CJ Seitz Memorial Foundation Board of Directors, nominated by Rob McDonald, and represented by Frank Seitz, Caryn Hendry, Chris Drum, and Lee Noel.

  • Motivating Students to Work Together

    Motivating students to work together to develop their strengths, encourage collaboration, build trust, mitigate conflict and improve communication are among the goals of Team Primetime, a free summer enrichment program for Oaklawn and Cooper Elementary Schools. Team Primetime is a joint project of Derby School District and Derby Recreation Commission located at Oaklawn Elementary School and coordinated by Siobhan Fugle, Oaklawn Elementary staff member. The Derby Community Foundation awarded a $500 Community Enrichment Grant to Team Primetime to support purchasing supplies for weekly themed team-building activities. “Showing students how to engage in team building activities will help them in their future lives,” said Fugle. “Team Primetime focuses on teaching lifelong skills.” Oaklawn and Cooper Elementary schools qualify as Title 1 due to the large concentration of low-income students who need assistance meeting educational goals. Team Primetime provides free academic support as well as social and recreational opportunities for 120 students each summer. The team building activities supported by the grant from the DCF present each team of students with a goal that can only be accomplished by all team members working together. In 2021, the team building themes were “WE are Family,” “Goin’ Green,” “Superheroes,” “Hawaiian Hullabaloo,” “Survivor Week,” and “Olympics.

  • Kinch Honored with Naming of Generosity Award

    In 2021, the Derby Community Foundation lost one of the organization’s founding members and the Derby area lost one of its most passionate advocates--Elizabeth Kinch. In order to ensure that Kinch’s legacy of generosity continues, the Derby Community Foundation, with support from the Derby Recreation Commission, announced in December 2021 the naming of an annual award in her honor– the Elizabeth Kinch Generosity Award presented by the Derby Community Foundation. Inspiring vision and generosity have served as the guiding principles of the Derby Community Foundation since the organization’s inception in 1993. The story of how the DCF was created begins with a Duane Dyer, who was with the Kansas Health Foundation at the time, making a phone call to Kinch in late 1992. Dyer shared information with Kinch about this thing called a “community foundation” and asked if she was interested in creating one in Derby. Not only was she enthusiastic about being part of this new initiative, she shared her infectious enthusiasm with her friends and community leaders in order to create the founding group of the Derby Community Foundation. Kinch was also a board member of the Derby Recreation Commission for many years. Frank Seitz, former DRC Superintendent, credits Kinch for helping to “clean up” state regulations for recreation commissions during her tenure as a member of the Kansas legislature. It came very easily to Kinch to ask people to support initiatives because of her passion for Derby and because of her generous spirit. Kinch’s longtime friend, Becky Loosen, said it best in an article that appeared in the Derby Informer: “The one word that I think describes Elizabeth is that she was generous. She was generous with her time, she was generous with her financial assets, she was generous with her love, and that included her family, her friends and certainly the community of Derby. I would like for her to be remembered for her generous spirit, her love of the community and being a role model for what it means to give back to the community.” The DRC assisted with renaming the award by designing/providing a plaque and an annual gift basket for the award recipient which includes a one-year family membership and Rock River Rapids season passes. The recipient also receives the opportunity to award a $500 grant to the charity of his/her choice. “I am so pleased to honor the memory of my friend and mentor with this award,” said Theresa Hearn, DCF Executive Director. “She is the reason I serve in this position and is my inspiration for wanting to continue to enrich the quality of life in the Derby area through my work with the DCF.”

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  • Legacy Society Form | Derby Community Foundation

    Legacy Society Statement of Intent Available for Download If you have any questions in regard to the forms, please contact us , and we will be happy to help. Legacy Society Statement of Intent Deadline: Apply Anytime When you join the Legacy Society, you create hope for us now and for those in the generations to come. The simplest form of a legacy gift is a bequest to the Derby Community Foundation in your estate plan, such as cash, stock, IRA or retirement plan assets, Savings Bonds, or real or personal property. Legacy Society members may also make planned gifts including a Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Lead Trust or Life Insurance policy. Download

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  • Pamper Yourself | DerbyCF

    Pamper Yourself Need a few moments to yourself? The Pamper Yourself prize package is the perfect opportunity to relax and rejuvenate. This prize package is filled with certificates for massages, facials, hair care, and classes! What's Inside? The Pamper Yourself prize package is valued at $800.* This prize package is full of vouchers and certificates for rejuvenating experiences like facials, massages, and exercise classes!​ The contents include: ​ Certificate for Facial at Skin by CM Certificate for Massage by Tracy Gerstenkorn, CMT $100 Gift Certificate to Memories of Home $100 Gift Certificate to Revive Spa and Salon $50 Gift Certificate to Sports Clips $50 Gift Certificate to Passage Salon and Boutique $50 Voucher for Wichita State Community Education Class Vouchers for 12 Orange Therapy Classes Orange Therapy Gym Bag with Insulated Water Bottle, Hat, Towel, and Plastic Cup Collapsible Tote ​ *We are still in the process of procuring donations, so more items may be added to this prize package. We will update this page if we receive more items. THIS PRIZE PACKAGE IS SPONSORED BY: Around Town The Around Town prize package is filled with certificates to Derby restaurants and businesses! What's Inside?

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