Raised for Local Nonprofits
585 gifts
Totaling $141,523.65
Wamego Match Day
Raised for Local Nonprofits
585 gifts
Totaling $141,523.65
Raised for Local Nonprofits
585 gifts
Totaling $141,523.65

Wamego Foundation Inaugural Match Day Benefactors

The generosity of a very limited number of Benefactors who made significant contributions to the Foundation to be used for matching grant monies has made this inaugural Wamego Community Foundation Match Day a reality. Over a period of many years, these Benefactors and their families have lived in and are or have been an active part of this community and its many volunteer programs. During this process each has developed a strong sense of devotion, fondness and dedication for and to what they consider to be a magnificent community and citizenry which continues to this day. The Match Day monies made available by these Benefactors to the Foundation will be used to provide the additional match of funds in amounts up to 50% of donations (ranging from a minimum amount of $25.00 to a maximum of $2000.00 per organization) that are made to Match Day participating nonprofit and charitable funds by members of the public donating gifts in support of these organizations on Match Day. Summary biographical overviews of some of these Benefactors are presented in the following paragraphs.

Jaque Karnowski Eichman

A native and long-time resident of Kansas and the City of Wamego, Jaque now resides in Cape Coral, Florida. In agreeing to make a generous gift for this Match Day event (which is in addition to two significant charitable funds she has also established with WCF over the past year), Jaque relayed to the Foundation that her "love of family, friends and community will always bring me back to Kansas", and that her reasons for doing so were, as further reflected in her own words: ". . . to support growth and development both locally and throughout the state of Kansas . . with an emphasis in and for Wamego and Manhattan projects."

Jaque Karnowski was the eighth of fourteen children, born in Manhattan, Kansas to beloved parents, David and Louise Karnowski. Together with her six brothers and seven sisters, all of the siblings worked throughout their childhood years alongside their parents farming and raising cattle on their Hoot Owl Hollow Ranch located in Jackson County, Kansas. During her years on the Ranch, she experienced both the day to day challenges and the abundance of undying love unique to growing up and interacting with the other members of a large family.

Jaque's education from childhood through college was entirely Midwestern oriented and Kansas based. She received her elementary education at Holy Cross Catholic School in Emmett, Kansas, followed by attendance at St. Marys Public Schools from which she graduated in December 1972. Following graduation from High School, Jaque went on to pursue higher education opportunities at Manhattan Vocation Business School (through October 1973) followed by attendance at Kansas State University where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education in May of 1979. Working to defray college expenses during these years, she was employed in a variety of positions, including as a waitress at Mr. Z's while attending Manhattan VoTech, and thereafter while attending K-State, as a checker/shelf stocker at Dyers IGA in Wamego, as a secretary at Alingham Volkswagen in Manhattan, as a transcriber at Waters Hall at K-State and, finally, as an employee in the credit department of the McCall Pattern Company in Manhattan.

In 1974, Jaque was united in marriage to John Lee Eichman and the couple resided in Wamego for the next 39 years until John's passing in November of 2013. Three children were born of this marriage, namely Matt, Cara and Nik, who in turn blessed John and Jaque with six grandchildren named Megan, Paige, Brend, Lili, Chloe and Anais. Mixed in with the arrival of her children, Jaque pursued a teaching career in elementary education from 1979 to 1997, first teaching First and Second Grade in Wamego Unified School District 320, and then as owner of and teacher at "The Learning Tree Preschool" from 1983 through 1988. Thereafter she often served as a substitute teacher in the Wamego School District.

In addition to her full-time occupation with both a teaching career and as a mother, Jaque managed to find time for volunteer work as well, including President of the PTA, Cub Scout Den Mother, 6th Grade Sunday School Teacher at St. Bernard's Parish, Traveling Volunteer for the Swim Team, Chairman of the Tulip Festival Arts and Crafts in the Park, Octoberfest Committee volunteer work, Wamego Country Club Ladies Tournament Chairman and volunteer on Country Club Committees, Assistant Coach for the 16-18 year old Girls Softball Team and Traveling Team Organizer and, in conjunction with others, participation in San Miguel De El Faique, Peru Pen Pal and Library Program activities and projects. Jaque has also relayed that much of her rewarding and challenging volunteer time was spent as an advisor to and then member of the Wamego Community Foundation Board of Directors during the period of its infancy beginning in the year 2000 and continuing through the early years of its maturation as an organization until her retirement from the Board in 2010. Jaque particularly remembers the time spent while a Foundation director as a member of the Committee that developed an active and dynamic WCF Website, and fondly recalls the years spent on various committees and as the chairperson for the Wamego High School Scholarship Banquet which continues as an annual even to this day.

Marilyn Belton Reznick and the Gaylord Belton Memorial Fund

Gaylord and Florence Belton move from Lost Springs and established residence in the community of Wamego, Kansas in 1962, along with their two children, Marilyn and Rudy. Gaylord was employed by Skelgas until his first retirement in 1982, following which he worked another 12 years at the Last Stop Gas station until his second retirement in 1994. Florence was a homemaker, a seamstress and an avid collector of antique buttons. Marilyn Belton Reznick graduated from Wamego High School, following which she then attended and graduated from Kansas University and the University of Illinois before moving to the east coast where she currently resides with her husband, Ira. Marilyn's brother Rudy also graduated from Wamego High School and Kansas University and then received a Law Degree from the Whittier College School of Law and subsequently lived in Los Angeles and Austin, Texas.

Reinforcing the Belton tradition of recognizing the importance of education at all levels, the Belton Memorial Fund was originally established to provide scholarships to Wamego High School students. Today, the scope of funding provided by the Belton Memorial Fund has been expanded and now offers support to a broad range of worthy organizations and charitable causes, among which is the Wamego Community Foundation Match Day. The generous donation made by Marilyn and the Belton Memorial Fund further reflects the admiration of the Belton Family for the community they were they were proud to call their home for so many years.

Gary and Bunny McCloud

Currently longtime residents of Wamego, Gary was born in Indiana and was raised in Iowa, while Bunny was born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Arizona. Meeting over 40 years ago while employed on a KDOT project, Gary and Bunny were subsequently married and lived in McFarland before moving to Wamego to take up residence in 1985. The years since have seen them heavily involved in a wide variety of community activities as a result of their growing love for Wamego and the realization that it takes dedicated community volunteers to continue to and further enrich, in their words, the "magic of Wamego Kansas" and "to be involved in this truly fabulous community". As noted in the following paragraphs, one can truly see that they have spent a significant part of their lives participating as volunteers for many worthy causes and projects throughout this community which they revere.

For a period of over 10 years, Bunny participated and represented Wamego at the Kansas Sampler in such Kansas communities as Garden City, Concordia, Leavenworth and Liberal and was then instrumental in bringing the Sampler to Wamego as one of four committee members. Both Gary and Bunny volunteered their time in service to the Wamego Christmas Bureau and the OZ Museum and Columbian Theatre, being members of the group that actually participated in the founding of the Oz and assisting in its promotion by performing the characters of Glinda and the Lion, respectively, as well as volunteering for whatever other tasks were required for developing and promoting the Museum. In furtherance of the ties of the Wamego community to the saga of the Wizard of Oz, which is well documented and forms one of the centerpieces for many of Wamego's tourist and historic attractions, Gary and Bunny first ordered and then participated in laying the bricks in place for what is the current yellow brick road path, which is now planned for a significant expansion and upgrade as a Wamego Chamber of Commerce project.

When he returned from serving in the Vietnam War while in the military, Gary witnessed and experienced firsthand the disrespect and outright loathing shown my many in this country toward the military during this sad period in our American history. Since that time, Gary, Bunny and all of us have been fortunate and blessed to observe and be a part of the revitalization and restoration of the respect and reverence which by far the majority of Americans feel toward all branches of the military today. A major part of Gary and Bunny's lives have been devoted to those many occasions they have volunteered and participated in multiple organizations, activities and programs which honor those who continue to fight for and protect, as well as those who have died in protecting, the freedoms fortunate to be cherished by us all. To this end, over the years they have been extensively involved in annual Wamego Memorial Day observances and with the Wamego American Legion and Wamego VFW and their respective Auxiliaries. Gary and Bunny were also instrumental in starting the American Legion Riders local chapter in the realization that the Legion would need an infusion and boost of young people in its membership in order to continue in existence as a vibrant and viable organization. Their participation in many various activities commemorating the military has also included July 4th programs, participation in flag lines and various motorcycle escorts and in Legion honor guards for funerals and other events for Veterans. Particularly meaningful to Gary and Bunny was their participation in the planning, fundraising, casting of the bronze soldier for, and the construction and completion of the Wamego Area Veterans Memorial and in all of which they played a significant part from conception to reality.

Gary and Bunny also recall many fun and rewarding moments in volunteering for different community endeavors, such as playing the roles of Santa and Mrs. Claus for over 40 years, assisting with the annual Wamego Easter Egg Hunt for 35+ years, escorts for the kids Train rides in City Park including the new train and depot, providing sleigh rides for locals, both young and old alike, Oztoberfest activities, the Tulip festival and various Chamber of commerce events and annual meetings.

On behalf of the City of Wamego and its citizens, the Wamego Community Foundation and its governing board and staff extend their deepest, sincere gratitude and appreciation to these Benefactors, as well as to those who have chosen to remain anonymous, and for their unselfish contributions in making this inaugural Wamego Match Day a reality and a success, and for thus creating the foundation for the many Wamego Match Days in years yet to come

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