Hesston CF Casino Party

Friday night, November 11, Hesston Community Foundation hosted their first Casino Party fundraiser! There were approximately 100 people in attendance at the event. Wichita Casino Parties flawlessly executed the evening’s entertainment. The dealers were knowledgeable about the games and encouraged enthusiasm among the players. Because the games were simply for entertainment and education, everyone was a winner!

Chip counts were totaled at the end of the night and players entered to win the prize raffles, which included Apple AirPods and a 55’’ television. Heavy hors d’oeuvres were catered by Water’s Edge Restaurant and Catering and the evening featured a silent auction. Local sponsors responded generously to our call for support.

The highlight of the evening was gathering with our foundation family and new friends to support the organization. Former directors and board members as well as fund advisors and our donors were in attendance to enjoy the evening. The program called attention to their contribution to the foundation and highlighted recent successes. Russ Buller with Hesston Fire/EMS gave a short speech regarding the foundation’s purchase of their saws in the most recent grant cycle. Overall, the evening was very well received, and it looks like we might just have to put a date on the calendar for next year!

Butler County Memorial Planned

The El Dorado Community Foundation is accepting donations to make  the “Butler County Law Enforcement Memorial” a reality.  Please read about these courageous individuals and the plan to honor their memory in the Facebook post below.

You can help with a donation made payable to The El Dorado Community Foundation. We ask that “The Butler County Law Enforcement Memorial” be written in the memo line of checks.

If you would prefer, CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE.

2021 Annual Report

Our 2021 Annual Report is now available.  We hope you enjoy learning not only about our financial standings in 2021, but also about many examples of the impact CKCF made in various communities in 2021. Click the picture to view the full report.



Cristobal Goldberg

“I’m an international student from Chile. I attend Bethel College, where I play for the Men’s Soccer team, and I’m studying Business Management and Social Work. I’m a Senior, and I’m doing my internship, for both degrees, at Central Kansas Community Foundation. I received a scholarship offer from Bethel in 2019 to come here to play soccer and study, originally I was only studying Business, but I found myself liking and enjoying Social Work classes, so with the help of an amazing professor I decided to double major.”

Hillsboro Community Foundation Names Director

August 1, 2022, Max Heinrichs will be joining Central Kansas Community Foundation (CKCF) as the Director for the Hillsboro Community Foundation (HCF). HCF is an affiliate of CKCF.

Max retired in June from USD 410 after a 6-year tenure as Superintendent. In all he worked 39 years in education, 29 of those working in some capacity for USD 410.

Though not born in Kansas, Max has lived in Hillsboro for most of his life and considers it his hometown. He graduated from Hillsboro High School in 1979 and from Tabor College in 1983 with a physical education degree. He received three additional master’s degrees: educational psychology from Emporia State University (1987); leadership/administration from Kansas State University (2000); superintendent from ESU (2008).

A bridge to this position is his involvement with Hillsboro Community Foundation as a member at large and, for the past 3 years, Chairman of the Board. This experience will provide the community a director that already has established relationships and familiarity with the work of the foundation.

Max and his wife Krista have three grown daughters and 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons.

Max Heinrichs, HCF Director, can be reached at director@hcfoundationks.org.


Online registration is now open for this year’s “Sky’s the Limit” Charity Auction.  There are many benefits to pre-registering.  Click the button to get started!



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Marion County Leadership Program to begin in September

Thanks to funding from the Marion County Leadership Endowment held by CKCF, Marion County residents have an opportunity to participate in a county Leadership Program, a program designed to teach leadership skills while learning about the county’s needs. The eight-week program will be facilitated by the Kansas Leadership Center (KLC) and include tours or the county, and discussions about how to apply learnings at KLC to opportunities and challenges in Marion County.

“The Marion County Leadership program holds great potential to enhance the county’s assets and address some of its challenges. CKCF is proud to partner with KLC in this endeavor to bring local leaders together and cultivate their skills,” said Angie Tatro, CEO of CKCF. She went on to share without initial financial support from the Kansas Health Foundation, this program would not be possible.

More info and an online application may be found at www.marioncoks.net under News and Announcements.


Photo: (Left to right) Bonnie Gaeddert, USD411; Tracy Lowe, Marion County Core Community; Sara Hiebert, Bethesda Home; Lori Soo Hoo, Marion County Dolly Parton Imagination Library.

(Goessel, KS) The Goessel Community Foundation, an affiliate of Central Kansas Community Foundation, is pleased to announce the recent awarding of four 2022 Community Grants.  Through the generosity of community donations to our Impact Fund, the Foundation was able to “give back to the community” through these local non-profits.  Awards were presented at a Spring Celebration & Recognition Dinner at Goessel Elementary School on April 30, 2022 hosted by the Foundation Board.  A complimentary meal prepared by Goessel Grocery & Deli and a skit “Leave 5 in Goessel” given by Matt Lehman Wiens and Matt Voth were also part of the event.  

$1,100—Bethesda Home $970 from the Goessel Senior Endowment and $130 from the Impact Fund to supplement expenses for the Friendship Meal Program.  The recipients pay for one-third of the cost, with the remainder covered by grants, donations, and Bethesda. 

$1,000—Goessel USD411 for Early Childhood Family Engagement Night from the Impact Fund for family engagement opportunities and education activities for parents of pre-school age children.  It is an evening with many hands-on activities that allow families to get acquainted with resources which can assist educational needs early in life.  

$500—Marion County Core Community from the Impact Fund for a “Getting Ahead Scholarship” for educational opportunities to find solutions for families facing poverty.  Classes are offered to help end the cycle of generational poverty by building resources to lift themselves out of poverty. 

$500—Marion County Dolly Parton Imagination Library from the Impact Fund which provides families with children ages 0-5 a free age-appropriate book each month until the child reaches age 6.  The program provides books, directions, and activities so parents have the means to read, interact, and connect with their children.  

Each year, our Impact Fund continues to grow.  Our goal of reaching $125,000 for our Impact Fund, would allow for larger grants in the future.  To help us reach this goal, donations should be sent to GCF, PO Box 244, Goessel, KS 67053 or on-line at bit.ly/donate-goesselcf.

2022 Newton Area Women of the Year

Since 1956, our program has honored Newton area women who give freely of their time and talents to make our community a better place to live. Clubs, organizations and individuals are asked to nominate women from the community involved in community and civic service, education, religion, the arts or business, who have made a positive difference in the community. Each year, three outstanding women are chosen by a panel of judges to be honored as Women of the Year. The WOY Advisory Committee oversees the Women of the Year program and hosts the recognition event. Newton Area Women of the Year is a component fund of Central Kansas Community Foundation, meaning it is managed under the foundation’s 501(c)(3) umbrella for the benefit of our mission to honor Newton-area women making a positive difference

Susan Lamb
A formal and informal educator that genuinely cares about all community members, with a mission for creating community resiliency.

Susan is a dedicated and passionate volunteer. She cares deeply about the community and organizations of which she’s a part. Her care is shown thru active involvement and engagement. Though her past volunteer roles would be too numerous to name, she is currently involved in the following volunteer capacities:

  • Hesston Board of Education Member
  • Kansas Mennonite Relief Sale Board Member and congregation liaison
  • Hesston Mennonite Church JYF co-coordinator
  • Hesston Mennonite Church Hospitality Chair

Susan is a very enthusiastic leader in Hesston – the community we both live in. She is always brainstorming and implementing fun events to enhance community. For over a decade, she has coordinated a summer weeklong camp for 6th and 7th graders, called H-Town. The group tours a variety of businesses in Hesston and eat lunch each day at a local restaurant. Both of our boys participated in H-Town and really enjoyed learning why Hesston is such a great place to live.

Further, Susan is assisting to get permanency for the Harvey County Drug Court by organizing an advocacy team. This team will share the hopes and challenges of court participants. Giving people who made a poor choice some local supports and not jail time will ultimately create more contributing members of our community.

She is also currently in a contractor capacity for Disaster Response coordination at CKCF. Following the 2017 shooting event in Hesston, Susan was determined to add man-made incidents as part of preparation and preparedness for disaster response. She far exceeds her contribution of time the grant allots to this role, going so far as reaching out nationally to local community foundation after mass shooting events occur to lend a message of compassion but also making herself a known resource to share community resiliency strategies to guide their recovery.

Susan is married, has two grown children and loves being a grandmother.

Tami Lakey
A visionary entrepreneur giving back to our community and providing space for youth and families to succeed.

Newton is Tami’s hometown, and she loves this city with her whole self. She is giving of her time, energy and resources as she innovatively cares for this community. When Tami worked as a library aid at Slate Creek Elementary in 2015-17, she recognized a growing desire to provide a space in her hometown where youth could gather for needed community and connection. Out of that desire came a much-needed program for the Newton community: Later@Norm’s. Norm’s Coffee Bar was for sale at the beginning of 2017, and So Shine Foundation saw an opportunity to invest in a business that could fund the initiative. Santa Fe students have now been hanging out after school in her spaces (now @ The Porch: 724 N Main, having outgrown the coffee bar’s capacity for the amount of students!) for five school years, and there has been a fantastic overflow of life produced from it! 

Later@Norm’s is cultivating a multigenerational atmosphere that is uniting high school students (some former attendees!) and adults to volunteer their time, investing in this next generation of Newtonians. She has donated generously of her time, too many occasions to count, as this business has grown deep roots and seen much fruit. Norm’s mission statement of Coffee, Community, and Connection has Tami’s DNA all over it. 

The Table is a weekly free community dinner at The Porch, that seeks to build meaningful community within families, build a deeper sense of belonging TO our families AND our town, and build a stronger future FOR our families and town. She is the visionary leader behind all of it, but you will see her at Norm’s cashiering, after school playing UNO with students, and serving up a delicious plate of dinner at The Table… every.single.time. 

With all this she is deeply invested in her faith and family as a wife, mom and newly a grandmother!

Sandie Kueker
An innovative health professional, civic member, wife and mom that makes a difference in our community because she cares.

Sandie and her husband, Adam, own Hesston Pharmacy and Harvey Drug, two successful locally owned pharmacies in our community. Even before the pandemic, it was fantastic to see their success and know that local business owners were making a real impact on the health of our community members. This work of Sandie’s alone is an outstanding contribution to the Newton area. 

Yet, in addition, Sandie’s work during the pandemic has been beyond any expectation. Once vaccines were available, it was a real issue (on the local, state, and national levels) to best understand how to get vaccines to as many people as soon as possible. Our local health department did not have the capacity to do this work alone and Sandie and her staff at Hesston Pharmacy and Harvey Drug really stepped up to provide broad access to those in our community.

Sandie’s compassion for helping those in our local community and the state is unparalleled and the compassion shines through in her work. In addition to vaccine distribution clinics, she has worked with local schools to make sure children had access to the COVID-19 vaccine and worked with other pharmacies to teach them how to successfully run large-scale vaccine clinics in their own communities. She also utilized the pharmacy to serve as a COVID testing site through the state program and this has led to a large increase in access to free testing for our area.

In addition to all this she is involved with Newton Lions Club and is an active wife and mother.