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Fairmount Society

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Fairmount Society at the Foundation

Fairmount Society derives its name from the founding of our  university, when Wichita State University first opened in 1887 as Fairmount College. Towering over the city, the iconic Fairmount Hall was erected as the main campus building and was a focal point for education in Wichita. Today, Fairmount Society represents our bond to those who give most generously to support Wichita State.

Members are invited to the Fairmount Society dinner, the WSU Foundation’s most exclusive event. They are also included in the President’s Club. Associate status is given to corporations, businesses and foundations.

John and Kay Morse with Elizabeth King at WSU Foundation's Fairmount Society

John and Kay Morse with WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King.

Elizabeth King, WSU Foundation's President and CEO presenting at the Fairmount Society
WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King_Fairmount Society New Lifetime Distinction Members Lora and Don Barry with WSU Interim President Andy Tompkins

WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King, Lora and Don Barry and WSU Interim President Andy Tompkins

Celebrate with us

Fairmount Society Dinner
Thursday, May 14, 2021
5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Mark Arts
(*This event is by invitation only for those who are Fairmount Society members.)

WSU Interim President Andy Tompkins_WSUF President and CEO Elizabeth King_2019 Fairmount Founders' award recipient Jane McHugh_ WSU Foundation Board of Directors' Chair Debbie Haynes

Jane McHugh, second from right, received the 2019 Fairmount Founders award. She is shown with Andy Tompkins, then WSU interim president; WSU Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth King; and Debbie Haynes, then chair of the WSU Foundation Board of Directors.

Fairmount Society Distinctions

Lifetime Achievement Member: Donations exceed $1 million
Lifetime Distinction Member: Contributions between $500,000 and $999,999
Lifetime Member: Has donated $250,000 to $499,999
Annual Member: Minimum giving is $20,000 during the current fiscal year (July 1 – June 30)

Brenda Farha, Anna Anderson and Lynn Stephan at the WSU Foundation Fairmount event

Brenda Farha, Anna Anderson and Lynn Stephan attend the Fairmount Society dinner.

Debbie Gann, centered WSU Board of Trustees award honoree with her family at the WSU Foundation's Fairmount Society event

Debbie Gann, center, recipient of the 2019 WSU Board of Trustees Award, is pictured with her family.

Fairmount Founders' Award Honoree Jane McHugh (2019)

The Fairmount Founders’ Award was established in 1988 for outstanding service and exceptional generosity. Jane McHugh is known at Wichita State University for sharing her time, talents and resources to help students achieve their dreams. Jane helped establish two endowed scholarships: the Adra C. Jones Scholarship and the Gerald W. Pike Rural Scholarship, which provide support to students each year. She was also instrumental in helping with the noteworthy Yarn Storming of the Martin H. Bush Outdoor Sculpture Collection.  Thank you, Jane, for all you do for Wichita State University.

  • FAIRMOUNT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT ASSOCIATES ($1,000,000.00+)

    Airbus Americas

    Allegro

    Allen Gibbs & Houlik LC

    AT&T

    Sam & Rie Bloomfield Foundation

    The Boeing Company

    Bombardier Learjet Inc.

    Cargill Meat Solutions

    Cisco Systems Inc.

    CybertronPC

    Delta Dental of Kansas

    Equity Bank

    Give Something Back Foundation

    William Graham Charitable Trust

    IBM Corporation

    Intrust Bank of Wichita

    Kansas Health Foundation

    John S. & James L. Knight Foundation

    Fred C. & Mary R. Koch Foundation

    Koch Industries Inc.

    Meritrust Credit Union

    Jayne Seydell Milburn Living Trust

    The Bernard Osher Foundation

    Pepsi Beverages Company

    Spirit AeroSystems Inc.

    Textron Aviation

    Marilyn Sue Smith Education Trust

    Via Christi

    Flossie E. West Memorial Trust

    Wichita Community Foundation

    K.T. Wiedemann Foundation Inc.

    I. Wayne Woolsey Revocable Trust

  • FAIRMOUNT LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT MEMBERS ($1,000,000.00+)

    Mildred “Middy” Abercrombie*

    Mickey Armstrong

    Craig Barton

    Patsy Barton

    Ilene Bomhoff

    Dan & Gayla Carney

    Steve & Becky Clark

    Bill & Dorothy Cohen

    Jamie & Kimberly Coulter

    Tom & Myra Devlin

    Barry & Paula Downing

    Joan Eck*

    Bob & Maura Geist

    Curt Gridley & Tracy Hoover

    Charles & Liz Koch

    Sam & Jacque Kouri

    Howard & Rose Marcus

    Bill & Shelly Moore

    Les* & Susie Rudd

    Dan & Kate Taylor

    Klee & Jennifer Watchous

    Wayne & Kay Woolsey

  • FAIRMOUNT SOCIETY LIFETIME DISTINCTION ASSOCIATES ($500,000.00+)

    Bank of America

    Bradbury Company Inc.

    S.M. & L.H. Brown Charitable Trust

    Capitol Federal Foundation

    Commerce Bank

    Cox Communications Inc.

    Charles K. Crum Estate

    Emprise Bank

    Virginia H. Farah Foundation

    Fidelity Bank

    Frank & Betty Hedrick Foundation

    House of Schwan

    IHS Markit

    Koch Companies Public Sector LLC

    Murfin Inc.

    National Plastics Color Inc.

    Rand Graphics Inc.

    Rusty Eck Ford Inc.

    Sierra Nevada Corporation

    Ray J. & Dolores M. Waldo Revocable Living Trust

    Wesley Medical Center

    Wichita Eagle

    Wichita Symphony Society

    ZE PowerGroup Inc.

  • FAIRMOUNT SOCIETY LIFETIME DISTINCTION MEMBERS ($500,000.00+)

    Jerry & Jan Aaron

    Virginia Ablah

    Alex Ammar & Pamela Clancy Ammar

    Don & Larry Barry

    Larry Beamer & Debbie Haynes

    Hap & Cynthia Bledsoe

    David & Diana Bradbury

    Charles Brown

    Steve & Becky Clark

    Anthony Pollock & Diane Cline

    Denis & Shirley Dieker

    Les & Pam Eck

    Brenda Farha

    Steve & Regine Feilmeier

    Larry & Dana Fugate

    Thomas & Kyle Futo

    Brian & Joy Heinrichs

    Dee & Joan Hubbard

    Geri Jabara

    Anita Jones

    William Levine & Diana Kitch

    Diane Klepper

    True & Elizabeth Knowles

    Elliot & Chonci Lekawa

    Ron & Linda Lytle

    Jim & Lorraine Mann

    Ron & Barbara Mann

    John & Barbara McCune

    Shannon Michaud

    Chris Moeller

    John & Kay Morse

    David & Janet Murfin

    Barry & Cindy Schwan

    Jay & Debbie Smith

    Nadine Stannard

    Steve & Lisa Sutherland

    Jeff & Rhonda Turner

    Ralph & Sue Vautravers

    Donald Walenta

  • FAIRMOUNT SOCIETY LIFE ASSOCIATES ($250,000+)

    All Angles Auto Body LLC

    Anderson Family Charitable Gift Fund

    Arista Networks

    ASEA Brown & Bovari

    BG Products Inc.

    BGM Sports Marketing LLC

    Boyer Educational Trust

    Buckley Industries Inc.

    G.P. & W. Inc. dba Center Oil Company

    CIBOR Inc.

    Stephen L. Clark Family Partnership LP

    Coleman Company Inc.

    Coleman Foundation Inc.

    Conco Inc.

    Cornejo & Sons Inc.

    Davis-Moore Auto Group

    Electromech Technologies

    Elmo Lodge of Perfection

    Gordon W. Evans Charitable Trust

    Fleeson Gooing Coulson & Kitch LLC

    John S. Fretz Family Charitable Trust

    Fugate Enterprises

    Goebel Family - Star Lumber Foundation

    Grant Thornton LLP

    Great Plains Ventures Inc.

    Dane G. Hansen Foundation

    Fran Jabara Family Foundation

    Professor Fran & Geri Jabara Fund Inc.

    The Walter S. & Evan C. Jones Foundation