Legacy Society Member Story

Rick and Darlene Homkes


Community Endowment Grant

Like planting a seed, a legacy gift is a form of renewal, in that it perpetually keeps memories fresh and dreams alive. Darlene and Rick Homkes have seen many seasons of renewal during their 30 years in Russiaville and sought to have a way to preserve the richness of that experience. Through the Community Foundation of Howard County, Rick and Darlene have selected a local “Natural Restoration and Community Beautification Project” for a legacy gift as part of the estate plan in their will.

“God has truly blessed us and our family during our years in this community,” Darlene said. “We thought it seemed proper after 30 years to leave something for everyone to enjoy, and to continue to make it even better.” A legacy gift supporting a community beautification project is a natural extension of their commitment to enriching the area around southwestern Howard County. Rick is a longtime member of Russiaville’s Park and Tree Board, a volunteer group that promotes and maintains playgrounds, parks and natural areas. Darlene is a member of Russiaville Community Outreach, whose numerous projects include local health and craft fairs.

As longtime active supporters of the Community Foundation, Rick and Darlene witnessed firsthand the generosity of spirit the organization can harness when they and another family seeded the Kathie Beatty Memorial Scholarship Fund in memory of a Western High School alumna tragically killed in a car accident while attending Purdue University. Thanks to ongoing fundraisers and being included in estate plans, that scholarship is now a permanent endowment. “We’re so proud of the Community Foundation and the way they help make people’s lives better,” Rick said. And thanks to the Homkes’ legacy gift for beautification, Russiaville residents will enjoy the results with the splendor of each new season year-round.

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