Finley River Community Foundation Receives $2,500 for Board’s Legacy Leadership Challenge Response

The Community Foundation of the Ozarks awarded its Finley River Community Foundation affiliate a $2,500 grant for achieving 100 percent board participation as Legacy Society members who have committed a planned gift in their will or estate to benefit their communities.

The foundation has earmarked $1,000 of the $2,500 grant for a Hunger Challenge match, according to FRCF Board President Janis Creek.

The Legacy Leadership Challenge, which ended June 30, was a campaign to encourage Community Foundation of the Ozarks affiliates to lead by example in joining the Legacy Society. The Finley River Community Foundation’s 16 new Legacy Society members were the most among CFO’s 43 affiliates. All current board members are now Legacy Society members.

“The 100 percent participation of FRCF’s board members in the Legacy Society Challenge goes to their commitment to enhancing the quality of life in Ozark and eastern Christian County through community service, charitable giving and endowment building,” said Creek, who recently became president following Sarah Adams Orr, who led the FRCF when the challenge began.

The new FRCF Legacy Society members are: Dr. Cindy Baker, Jackie Barger, Margie Beadles, Brian Cathey, Carole Collins, Janis Creek, Susan Haralson, Joseph L. LaBarge, Jr., Karen Miller, Randy Mitchum, Mark & Sarah Orr, Kathryn Owens, Bill & Debbie Phillips, Tom & Patti Tobin, John Torgerson and Mark Woods. This brings the total number of FRCF Legacy Society Members to 19. Go to to view a full list of Legacy Society members and to learn more about the FRCF.

“As we work with our affiliates to promote planned giving to benefit future generations in their communities, we stress that it’s important for board members to participate themselves if they are asking others to consider legacy gifts,” CFO President Brian Fogle said. “This is an outstanding response from the Finley River Board to show their commitment to leaving a legacy for their area.”

Joining the Legacy Society for the Finley River Community Foundation can help ensure that residents and their families can support their valued causes and interests and leave a legacy for the area in perpetuity. Please go to to learn more about planned giving and the benefits of joining the Legacy Society.

For more information on joining the Finley River Community Foundation’s Legacy Society, please contact: FRCF Board President Janis Creek, (417) 224-0346; or Winter Skelton, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, (417) 864-6199.