Last Updated on December 21, 2020 by Cass County Community Foundation
SOURCE: News release from Cass County Community Foundation
The Cass County Community Foundation is pleased to announce a new fund to benefit Cass County Youth. The Rich and Karen Wild YMCA Youth Membership Fund was established by Rich Wild to honor the memory of his wife, Karen, and to provide support and access to YMCA activities and memberships for disadvantaged youth.
Rich and Karen had spent their professional careers in education and working with children. Karen retired as a secretary from Fairview Elementary while Rich spent his years teaching and coaching baseball at Logansport High School. It is because of their deep love for youth and fitness that Rich established the new fund.
Deanna Crispen, CCCF President & CEO shared, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the Wild family. This fund will certainly help fill a need in our community and provide access for some of our youth who might not be able to participate and join activities at the YMCA.”
Cass County YMCA Executive Director Derreck Parkevich said, “I am extremely thankful to Rich and Karen Wild for this incredible gift. Their gift allows the YMCA to continue fulfilling our mission of Youth Development by giving the Y the opportunity to award our local youth with memberships, so they can have a safe and positive place to go outside of school.
Coach Wild and his wife Karen have always had a passion for being positive influences in the lives of our local youth and this gift helps demonstrate and continue that. Personally, I am one of many whose life has been positively impacted by Coach Wild and his wife Karen. During my Berry baseball days, even though he was retired at that time, Coach Wild was a constant at our practices always stressing the importance of fundamentals, teamwork, and ways to become a better leader on and off the field. By starting the Rich and Karen Wild Youth Membership Award, it will allow the YMCA to positively impact our local youth in their honor for many years to come.”
Starting in January 2021, The YMCA will develop an application process for any local youth interested in applying for the annual Rich and Karen Wild Youth Membership Award. Future details will be promoted and marketed through the YMCA.
For more information on this fund or how to establish your own fund, please call the Cass County Community Foundation at 574-722-2200.