The Community Foundation of the Ozarks is pleased to announce that the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Fund has been established with the Taney County Community Foundation. The Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Fund will provide grants for the development, maintenance and support of the City of Hollister, Missouri parks. This fund was established by Chad’s mother, LaVaughn M. Fuqua-Mathiesen, her husband, Bryan, and donations from family, friends and the community.
Mrs. Fuqua-Mathiesen and Mr. Mathiesen have also made a planned gift that will leave a bequest to the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Fund ensuring that the Hollister parks will remain an important part of the city. This planned gift recognizes Mrs. Fuqua-Mathiesen and Mr. Mathiesen as members of the Legacy Society.
In August 2008, at the age of 40, Chad Fuqua was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle by an alleged drunk driver. Prior to his untimely death, Fuqua served as Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Hollister for ten years. Alderman and Park Board Member, Scott McCaulley, stated, “ I can’t think of a major event we have had in Hollister that didn’t have Chad’s mark on it.” City aldermen voted in September 2008 to re-name the Town Hall Square Park to the Chad A. Fuqua Memorial Park to honor his service to the community.
The Taney County Community Foundation is an affiliate of the Community Foundation of the Ozarks. It is comprised of 37 funds with assets totaling approximately $2.8 million. In fiscal year 2009, the Taney County Community Foundation granted more than $125,000 back to the community. Please click here to learn more about the Taney County Community Foundation.