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Wichita Wagonmasters award record-breaking $24,386 in grants through Wichita Community Foundation

January 18, 2018

Wichita, Kan. – The Wichita Wagonmasters will award 26 local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling $24,386 from the Wichita Wagonmasters Good Life Grant Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation (WCF).

The annual Wichita Wagonmasters Downtown Chili Cook-off is the sole source of funding for the grants. On April 19, this year's recipients will gather at the LaVela event venue to be presented checks from the Wagonmasters.

"The chili cook-off has grown each year, and we are very excited to have the opportunity to increase the number of Good Life Grant recipients,” said Wagonmasters’ Philanthropy chairman Kevin Steckley. “We are looking forward to an even bigger cook-off on Sept. 22, and hope to increase grants again in the future.”

The 2018 grants will fund a wide range of projects:

  • Assistance Guild of Wichita - $1,000 to provide teddy bears and materials for child victims of violence
  • Bread of Life - $1,000 to purchase 14,700 pounds of food to be distributed to 935 people
  • Central Plains Health Care Partnership - $1,000 to provide prescription medications and medical equipment to 850 patients
  • Chamber Music at the Barn - $1,000 to fund Wichita area musicians/teachers to work with area youth
  • Children First: CEO Kansas - $1,000 to purchase coats and shoes for children of low-income families
  • Flint Hills Therapeutic Riding Center - $1,000 to provide 25 safety helmets for riders
  • Fundamental Learning Center - $1,000 to purchase fish, books about fish, bookshelves and aquarium maintenance for the FLC lobby
  • Good Shepherd Episcopal Church - $1,000 to purchase detergent and pay for washing machine and dryer usage for homeless individuals at a local laundromat
  • Griots StoryTelling Institute - $600 in support of six $100 scholarships to attend the GSI Summer Arts Enrichment Camp
  • Hemingway House - $1,000 to purchase security lights, cameras and other home improvement items
  • ICT S.O.S - $1,000 to foster an emergency fund for human trafficking survivors
  • Independent Living Resource Center - $1,000 to help with the Greater Expectations program for high functioning youth and young adults, ages 17-32
  • Inter-Faith Ministries - $1,000 to purchase blankets for homeless individuals utilizing IFM’s three shelters
  • Kansas Honor Flight - $1,000 to purchase airfare, hotel accommodations, meals and D.C. ground transportation for veterans
  • Kansas Infant Death and SIDS Network - $975 to purchase 15 Graco© Pack'n Play® portable cribs for new and expectant parents
  • Kansas Society for Children with Challenges - $1,000 to purchase medical equipment for handicapped and disabled children in the Wichita area
  • KSDS Assistance Dogs, Inc. - $987 to provide an initial puppy supply kit to volunteer puppy raisers
  • Medical Service Bureau - $1,000 to provide access to eye exams and glasses for low-income persons involved in the DCF Goals Employment Program or other employment seeking program
  • New Life Reentry Program, Inc. - $500 to purchase bus passes for the women in the shelter
  • Passageways - $1,000 to purchase a storage unit to be placed in the backyard of the Living Center
  • Raise My Head Foundation - $824 to purchase bicycles, helmets, lights and locks for residents of the program to use for physical fitness and transportation for employment opportunities
  • Ronald McDonald House - $1,000 to offset the nightly cost of providing one guest bedroom to families served for the duration of 12 nights
  • The ARC of Sedgwick County - $1,000 to allow four financially-disadvantaged youth with developmental disabilities to participate in two weeks of Youth Education and Summer Socialization
  • Union Rescue Mission of Wichita - $1,000 to purchase men's shoes and socks adequate for winter weather in Kansas
  • Wichita Family Crisis Center - $500 to purchase a new range hood for the communal shelter
  • Women’s Initiative Network - $1,000 to purchase items for the Incentive Room

“Since the Fund’s creation in 2012, the Wagonmasters have awarded more than $80,000 to local nonprofits,” said WCF President and CEO Shelly Prichard. “Their continued commitment to nonprofits in the Wichita area is admirable, and we’re happy to assist them in their philanthropic giving.”

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