Taking care of others

EL DORADO - Friends and family of Dick and Dorothy Miller gathered recently to celebrate Dorothy’s decision to establish a fund thru the El Dorado Community Foundation, with the primary purpose to help children avoid being homeless.  The Butler Homeless Initiative will screen candidates to determine if they qualify for support from this Fund.
Dick and Dorothy, longtime residents of El Dorado, were involved in education during their working years and volunteered at Skelly and Washington Elementary Schools following their retirement. Dick died in 2016.
 Skelly is where Dorothy met Mary Martha Good, who was a teacher at Skelly, and recently served as an El Dorado Community Foundation board member.  Dorothy saw a real need in El Dorado to help prevent homelessness for members of the community and wanted to do something about this need.
 Mary Martha introduced Dorothy to Angie Tatro, Central Kansas Community Foundation executive director, who worked with Dorothy to help her establish this fund.
Special guests at Dorothy’s celebration were Dick’s daughter and  son-in-law from Manhattan, Kan., John and Sue Drach and Dorothy’s daughter, Ruth Waite of El Dorado. Other special guests were Kendra Wilkinson, El Dorado City Commissioner; Butler Homeless Initiative Board members Corey Landreth, Elizabeth Moore, Nita Whiteman, and Hollie Jimenez; Central Kansas Executive Director, Angie Tatro and Bill Hake, CKCF Program Coordinator; El Dorado Community Foundation Board members present included Chairman Bonnie Buckman, Darrell Whitney, Steve Waite, Daniel Wernert, Mandi Hursh.
El Dorado Community Foundation was established in March 2014 with the purpose of assisting people in our community who are interested in establishing permanent endowments for a charitable cause for which they see a need in El Dorado, ECF is one of 20 Community Foundations located in Kansas who are affiliates of the Central Kansas Community Foundation located in Newton, Kansas.  For more information about ECF please contact ECF board members who in addition to names already listed include Kristina Traina, Helen Silcott, Kelli Nesmith, and Ryan Scheuber.