In Memoriam Archive

Our Summer 2020 Newsletter is Here!

The summer 2020 CFSEK newsletter has arrived, sporting a new design, a classic title, and the latest news about the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas! In this issue, you’ll find: A memorial tribute to our late friend Rita J. Bicknell Current SEK grant opportunities Stories of organizations that have made a difference in SEK during … Continue reading →

A Memorial Tribute to Our Friend Rita J. Bicknell

The staff and Board of Trustees of the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas were saddened to learn last week of the passing of Rita J. Bicknell, a long-time friend to the Foundation. Today we choose to celebrate her by acknowledging her contributions across our community, to women’s health in southeast Kansas, and to the Community Foundation … Continue reading →

We are Saddened by the Loss of CFSEK Founder, Grady Smoot

Joseph G. Smoot, better known as Grady, died recently at the age of 85 leaving a legacy of numerous contributions to history, education and philanthropy. Grady came to Pittsburg in 1984, after being born in Florida, raised in Tennessee, educated in the south, and having a successful early career in Maryland and Michigan as an … Continue reading →

CFSEK and region loses Cathy White.

Last updated August 2, 2021 Friends, it is with much sorrow to report we lost our friend and Executive Director, Cathy White, on March 26, 2015. Cathy lived a full, rich and wonderful life and will be missed much. The family designated memorials could be sent to St. Mary’s Church (3035 S. Central City Road, … Continue reading →