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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
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WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?


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WAYS YOU CAN Support our Vision and Mission

  • 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 2015 Board of Directors:


Gene Achziger President- Gene Achziger
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.


Vice President- Yvonne Nutting
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 .


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.


Patrice Thorell Secretary- 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.


Legacy Foundation Board Members:


Pat Brill
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.


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.


Michelle Pina Michelle Pina
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 Isaac



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.


Charleen Schulz



Kathy Arnold Kathy Arnold
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.



Kim Richmond



Malorie Spreen



Nancy Stephan Nancy Stephan
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.


Sue Padden Sue Padden
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 great community.