Jan Haberly’s eyes filled with tears Monday as she was presented two gold coins on behalf of an anonymous donor.
Haberly, director of the Lord’s Diner, said it was a symbol of the support Wichitans give to the nonprofit, which feeds the hungry every day with the help of volunteers.
“We believe so strongly in what we do and know we have the support of the whole Wichita community,” Haberly said. “We are grateful for every gift.”
The coins, she said, will go into a vault for the fundraiser the Lord’s Diner hosts each fall. The diner auctions off the coins, typically for more than they are worth. The coins are valued at $1,300 each.
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Guadalupe Clinic, which provides health care for those in need, also received a gold coin on Monday.
For nearly a decade, an anonymous Wichita donor has arranged for gold coins to be delivered during the holiday season to local nonprofits. The coins are given with the stipulation that they be used to generate more funds for the organizations.
According to a news release issued by the Wichita Community Foundation, the first set of coins was distributed in 2005 to five local organizations.
The donor has established a $100,000 endowment known as the Gold Coin Society Fund so that the gifts can continue long after he has died.
Shelly Prichard, Wichita Community Foundation president and CEO, presented the coins Monday on behalf of the donor.
The Lord’s Diner got two gold coins, one for its downtown location and the other for its location in south Wichita.
“The donor has been so impressed with the work they have done and how they have been able to replicate the services at the south location, he wanted to give them two gold coins,” Prichard said.
“He was so inspired … how they were able to grow funds that last year, five days after we awarded the coins, he walked in and started the Gold Coin Society Fund with $100,000.”
The interest that comes from the fund will ensure the coin tradition will continue, Prichard said.
According to the news release, the donor is hoping that others will be inspired by the fund and will help it grow. People interested in the Gold Coin Society Fund can contact Carol Nazar, director of donor and grant-making services at the Wichita Community Foundation, at 316-264-4880.