The Nixa Community Foundation is like a first girlfriend or boyfriend: You always remember your first, CFO President Brian Fogle said at a banquet celebrating Nixa’s 20th anniversary.
The Nixa Community Foundation was founded in 1973 as the CFO’s first affiliate when the CFO was itself 20 years old. On Saturday evening, the NCF marked 20 years with a program honoring its past and looking ahead to its future.
Today, the NCF is also one of the CFO’s most successful affiliates with total assets of nearly $2.2 million. Perhaps even more telling, the NCF has distributed more than $1.2 million back to its community over 20 years.
Longtime educator and administrator and former CFO Board Chair Arthur Mallory made keynote remarks in which he described the parable of the Samaritan from the Gospel of Luke, and noted that the term “good” was not used to describe the “Samaratin.” Now, the reference is always to the “Good Samaritan” for the selfless aid he gave to a fellow traveler. Mallory then recounted seeing a woman on the side of the road on his own travels Saturday afternoon, holding a sign indicting she needed some type of help.
“I wondered what we can do in a town that’s always doing something right,” he said. “What are we going to do about that person in the ditch?
“Build a bridge,” he offered, referring to a video shown in the program using a bridge to describe the NCF’s role in the community. “Build a bridge.”
In addition to recognizing its past and current volunteer board leaders and grant recipients, the NCF also presented its Xtra Mile Award to Al Michel, for his efforts in helping veterans and establishing the Nixa Veterans’ Memorial Fund to build a monument honoring residents who have served in every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces.