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About Des Moines Legacy Foundation

Vision Statement: Together, with you, we can build a brighter future through parks, recreation, and senior services in the Des Moines community.

Mission Statement:
  • 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
The Des Moines Legacy Foundation Board of Directors meet the third Thursday of the month (except for December), 7:30am at John L. Scott conference room, 22506 Marine View Drive South.

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WAYS YOU CAN Support our Vision and Mission

Become a member of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation Board of Directors. Click Here to Download our board application. Completed applications to Des Moines Legacy Foundation, 22519 Marine View Drive South, Des Moines WA 98198
  • Volunteer with the Des Moines Legacy Foundation
  • Make a tax deductible donation to the Des Moines Legacy Foundation, tax id-91-2019863
  • 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
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Legacy Foundation 2021 Board of Directors:

Gene Achziger President - Gene Achziger
Our foundation president for the last four 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. Gene enjoys ALL of the foundation events, serving on the planning committees for both the Bayside Brunch and the Arts Gala on Poverty Bay. Gene feels strongly that we are called to give back to our communities and the Des Moines Legacy Foundation is the perfect vehicle for serving our neighbors because Legacy's mission for 19 years has been to build community. He has a long history of service to the Redondo Community Club and Mount 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.

Patricia V. Clark Vice President - Patricia V. Clark
Patricia is a Des Moines resident who left for Seattle and has recently returned to her roots, moving from Magnolia to North Hill. She is our newest director. Her favorite foundation projects are the concerts, arts and parks and recreation projects. Patricia believes that when you live in a community you have a responsibility to give back to the community. This is where she has chosen to "give back" to Des Moines. In her free time, she enjoys yoga, walking, reading and travel with three adult children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and two cats to also keep her busy.

Hallie Marks Treasurer - Hallie Marks
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.

Carla Jackson Secretary - Carla Jackson
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.

Legacy Foundation Board Members:

Patrice Thorell Patrice Thorell
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.

Yoshiko Matsui Yoshiko Matsui
The Des Moines Legacy Foundation is pleased to welcome fourteen year Des Moines resident Yoshiko Grace Matsui to our board of directors. Her first term on the foundation began in October 2021. To date her favorite DMLF project is our "No Kids Left Inside" community playground project campaign.

Asked why she decided to apply for the Des Moines Legacy Foundation position, Yoshiko states, "while I've lived in Des Moines for 14 years, I was commuting 2 hours a day for work which left me little time to get involved in my community. One of impacts of Covid for me was the decision to move to remote work, which meant that I finally had time and energy together with my desire to give back to Des Moines. As I started volunteering more in 2021, I met an amazing group of people associated with Legacy Foundation and I'm excited to contribute to an organization that matches my interests."

Ms. Kaylene Moon Ms. Kaylene Moon
Kaylene has been a supporter of the Des Moines Legacy Foundation since its inception in 1999. A Des Moines resident since 1958 Kaylene brings a wealth of older adult knowledge, work experience, and community outreach to the Board. Her long career in social work for the elderly with the City of Seattle Division on Aging will be another added benefit to supporting the needs of seniors in the Des Moines community.

States Kaylene in her board application, "the Des Moines Legacy Foundation has done so much for the Des Moines community, I want to help continue their efforts."

Gary McNeil Gary McNeil
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 their community.

Kim Richmond Kim Richmond
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.

Alena Rogers Alena Rogers
Alena Rogers has been a resident of Des Moines for eight years, serving her very first term. She has two sons. She has already shown her leadership in parks stewardship directing the construction and grants for the new Midway Community Garden. She says her favorite Des Moines Legacy Foundation project is our current NO CHILD LEFT Inside playground challenge, to update fifteen old playgrounds in Des Moines. Alena states, "I love to be a part of enhancing this community through parks and programs! There's nothing better to me than doing something that helps people be happy and healthy." Her favorite recreation activities are anything in the forest, the sun, and puttering in Midway Park Community Garden. The legacy Alena hopes to leave for the Des Moines community is her passion for people, especially for people that are facing hardship. She hopes to see the neighborhoods that line the freeway as cared for as those that line the water, and for all within this city to be empowered and feel their voices and needs are heard.

Brian Snure Brian Snure
A lifetime resident of Des Moines, Brian is a local attorney at Snure Law Firm near Anthony's Restaurant. Brian has also been a lifetime supporter of youth recreation and programs for low income youth. This is Brian's time in life to "give back" to the community which has given so much to him and his family. Brian enjoys skiing, camping and walking; most often with his wife Leslie and two daughters Erika and Emily Snure. Brian helped create the Des Moines Legacy Foundation back in 1999 and then handed the reins over to his late father, attorney Clark Snure. This is Brian's first full term on the foundation board of directors. His Legacy: "Time will tell", Brian states. Active in the Des Moines Rotary Club for over 20 years he hopes his efforts have made and will make the City of Des Moines a better place for everybody to live, work and play.

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