Alphapointe Announces Gift from the Lorelei L. Wrigley Trust
Kansas City, MO– May 22, 2015- The Alphapointe Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 supporting foundation of Alphapointe, announced today that it has received a $600,000 financial gift from the Lorelei L. Wrigley Trust. The Foundation will use the gift to establish an Endowment to fund orientation and mobility training and other education and training services for people who are blind and visually impaired who desire to be paired with a guide dog. The Co-Trustees of the Wrigley Trust, Thomas Rost, Betty Schnell and Janis Schnell, will serve in an advisory capacity to the Alphapointe foundation, as members of a special committee.
“This gift is the largest gift from an individual in Alphapointe’s 104-year history. These endowed funds will provide the foundation of support needed to sustain Alphapointe’s rehabilitation services for many years to come,” said Reinhard Mabry, President and CEO of Alphapointe.
Gina Gowin, Executive Director of the Alphapointe Foundation, said “we are thrilled and honored that the Lorelei L. Wrigley Trust chose Alphapointe as the steward of Lorelei’s legacy. For over one-hundred years Alphapointe has been impacting the lives of people who are blind and visually impaired so they are empowered to achieve their goals and aspirations. As the region’s leader in comprehensive vision rehabilitation, gifts like Lorelei’s allow us to remain relevant and continue to meet the changing needs of people with vision loss in our community.”
The Alphapointe Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Kathryn Dusenbery as a new board member for Alphapointe. For the last 20 years, Kathryn has given to the local community as a community activist and an elected official. She is an accomplished journalist, business and community leader; having served as an alderman for seven years, Parkville, Missouri Mayor for two-terms and Platte County Commissioner for one term. During her years of service, she has developed relationships with influential contributors to our metropolitan community and has been part of many fund raising campaigns for numerous area nonprofits.