About Des Moines Legacy Foundation
Together, with you, we can build a brighter future through parks, recreation, and senior services in the Des Moines community.
- Improve, and create community and park and recreation services
- Promote interest in and opportunities for charitable giving
- A positive force in providing tools to assist the changing needs of our community.
- To enhance services for all ages
WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?
Des Moines Legacy Foundation Brochure
WAYS YOU CAN Support our Vision and Mission
Contact Us Today To Help
- Volunteer with the Des Moines Legacy Foundation
- Make a tax deductible donation to the Des Moines Legacy Foundation, tax id-92-2019863
- Employer Corporate Match Program
- List the Des Moines Legacy Foundation as a Beneficiary in your will or life insurance policy
- IRA's and Annuities
- A donation in memory of a loved one to parks, recreation or senior services
- Donate art, jewelry, auction items for our two big auction events
- Donation of real estate, bonds, or stocks
- Help weed at Sonju Community Garden
- Ivy pulling parties at our community parks
Legacy Foundation 2015 Board of Directors:
Our foundation president for the last two years, Gene is serving his second three year term on the board of directors. His "other" work is as an adjunct professor at
Highline College and the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator for Aquatic Management Group. Gene enjoys ALL of the foundation events, serving on the planning
committees for both the Bayside Brunch and Sports Night. Gene feels strongly that we are called to give back to our communities. He has a long history
of service to the Redondo Community Club and Mt. Rainier Pool. Walking and swimming are his most enjoyable recreational activities. Gene hopes his legacy
to the Des Moines community to be keeping swimming accessible for all and spreading the word about the Des Moines Legacy Foundation and its opportunities
to help make this an even better place to raise a family and retire.
This is Yvonne's first term on the board. She is also active with North Hill PTSA as its president. Yvonne was the chairperson for the 2015
Casino Night; raising critically needed funds for recreation scholarships for low income youth. She feels that the Des Moines Legacy Foundation is
important because the foundation helps backfill what the city cannot provide to youth and seniors. It also raises much needed funds for low income youth
and seniors to participate in programs, classes, teams and events. Yvonne's legacy to the community will be her hope to leave a scholarship or foundation
fund that can be used for deserving children or families each year .
Hallie is a founding member of the foundation, serving her 6th term as treasurer. Her favorite Des Moines Legacy Foundation event is the annual Bayside Brunch,
her favorite recreation is golf. Hallie hopes her legacy to the Des Moines community is knowing that she helped residents through her business, Marks and
Marks, C.P.A.'s, and her charitable work.
Patrice is also a founding member of the foundation, serving her 6th term as our perpetual secretary of the foundation. Patrice is especially proud of the
foundation's work to enhance programs for and support to local youth and seniors. And, our work to provide arts and cultural opportunities for the
community. The work of the foundation helps to meet many underserved needs that are important for creating a healthy and inclusive lifestyle for our
citizens. Patrice loves to walk our beaches and the Des Moines Creek Trail. She enjoys watching her girls as they learn, grow, and compete in Des Moines'
youth sports programs such as soccer, basketball, swimming and diving. Her legacy to the Des Moines community she hopes are her contributions to help in
creating a positive future for Des Moines that in some way improves the lives of her children, friends, families, and peers and for all of those that she
has not yet had the opportunity to meet.
Legacy Foundation Board Members:
This is Pat's first term on the board. She is no currently active with any other community organizations at this time. Pat feels that the Des
Moines Legacy Foundation is important because the many Des Moines services they support financially are so worthwhile. Her legacy to the community will
be to help the foundation become better known in the community.
This is Gary's first term on the board. He is also involved with Boy Scouts of America and the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. Gary feels that the
Des Moines Legacy Foundation is important because it helps provide opportunities for youth to participate in sports and activities and supports senior
programs in Des Moines. His legacy to the community will be to have provided opportunities for citizens to be active in their neighborhoods and
This is Michelle's first term on the board. She is also involved with community events, seen most Saturday's at the Des Moines Farmers Market Booth.
Michelle feels that the Des Moines Legacy Foundation is important because of all the support it provides to youth and senior programs for the city's
Parks, Recreation and Senior Services Department. Her legacy to the community is to help Des Moines develop into the community that matches the spirit
of its citizens.
Al is a service oriented person serving his first term on the Board. After 30 years of military service, he continues that "service above self" focus
in his current activities. Whether it's activity bus driving, fund raising, periodic project support, or board meetings to guide and support Des Moines
Legacy Foundation programs, he's regularly looking for new opportunities to serve and save in this community. Other community involvement includes board
member of the Des Moines Waterfront Farmer's Market, past President of the local Rotary Club, and past Assistant Governor of Rotary District 5030.
His focus for the future is continuously improving service and support to youth and seniors in our community.
This is Carla's first term on the board. Having been on several boards over the past years, she is not currently a board member for any other
organizations. Carla feels that the Des Moines Legacy Foundation is important because it actively involves youth and seniors in the heart of
activities that help build a strong and supportive community. Her legacy to the community will be to have provided youth with the access and
opportunity to learn and grow as our youngest Des Moines citizens.
This is Kathy's third term on the board. She is also involved with the American Legion Auxillary P.E.O. Kathy has been on the Bayside Brunch planning
committee for five years. Kathy feels that the Des Moines Legacy Foundation is important because so many city programs for the community would not be possible
without the foundation's support. Her legacy to the community will be her volunteerism.
A resident of Des Moines for 17 years, Kim is serving her second term on the foundation board. Kim is the lead and inspiration for the foundation's
successful Daisy Sonju Community Garden which includes pea patch gardens, raised garden beds, a green house, compost bins, garden murals and soon, bees!!
Kim especially enjoys helping those who might otherwise not be able to participate in Des Moines parks, recreation and senior services programs and events,
from youth sports to growing vegetables in a pea patch. Gardening is obviously her favorite recreational activity. Her legacy to the Des Moines community
she hopes will be showing our residents what amazing and fun things can happen right here in their home town.
This is Nancy's first term on the board. She is also involved with Federal Way AAUW and the City of Des Moines Arts Commission. Nancy feels that the
Des Moines Legacy Foundation is important because it gives the community opportunities to donate funds to student activity needs, senior needs and the arts,
thereby bringing these programs and activities to our community and beyond. Her legacy to the community will be her involvement with the arts (Nancy is the
brainchild of the Des Moines public sculpture project), and Women's programs at Highline College.
This is Sue's sixth term on the board. She is not currently active with any other community organizations. Sue has been involved with the planning of
Bayside Brunch, the annual fundraiser for senior programs and services since 1999. Sue feels that the Des Moines Legacy Foundation is important because she
feels the foundation is the heart and spirit of the community. Her legacy to the community will be providing fun and joy for the older adults in this