and Debbie Hicks have deep roots in
. Both attended local schools through graduation. Debbie traces
her lineage through the Hatfields, while Mike’s ancestors have been here
since the civil war. Their three children, Michael, Kristen, and
Jeffrey, all graduated from Bedford North Lawrence and were involved in 4-H,
scouting, sports and academics as youngsters.
couple expresses gratitude for the community’s responsiveness to their
business ventures, which have included Insurance Once, the Travel One travel
agency, and property management and development. Debbie notes, “We
were blessed with a lot of gifts and we feel we should share them.”
Volunteering is one way the Hicks have given back.
“Volunteerism—people helping people—is so important for the
community,” Debbie says. She started visiting an “adopted
grandma” at a local nursing home when she was in her twenties, and
continued volunteering throughout her adult life, focusing at present on the
Bedford Rotary Club and the
. Mike is currently an Elder in the
. Another project is developing an innovative housing system to help
clients of crisis pregnancy centers.
couple believes their children learned the value of community primarily
through their example as parents. When Michael, Kristen, and Jeffrey
were involved in athletics, Mike coached “more games than I could
count!” he says. Eldest son Michael, now teaching in
, used to help his dad with coaching, and today is using basketball to reach
out to troubled kids.
the Hicks updated their estate plans, reflecting their family’s current
stage of life and tax situation, and took the opportunity to incorporate
their community interests into their plans. This included establishing
three new endowment funds within the Lawrence County Community Foundation (LCCF)
to benefit several different causes. “Our faith, beliefs, and value
system dictates a lot of what we choose to support,” Debbie explains.
Bedford Rotary Club Education Fund provides a way to support the educational
programs of the local club without need of further annual fundraising.
Club members may recommend grants to support projects like the “I like
me” program, which provides every preschool child in the community with a
book personalized for them.
Calvary Lutheran Church Missions Fund and the Hicks Family Fund for
will provide annual income to the respective beneficiary organizations.
“These endowments are now a vehicle available to anyone who is interested
in supporting either the church’s mission programs or the Center, and
doing it in a way that gives them perpetual support,” Mike explains.
Hicks are also directing unrestricted monies to LCCF. “We know what
is important to us and what some of the community needs are today,” Mike
says, “but those needs are going to change. We have confidence in
the Community Foundation’s board to make a difference for the community
with these funds as new needs arise.”
couple are members of LCCF’s new Legacy Society, which recognizes and
thanks people during their lifetime for planning gifts that will benefit the
community after they are gone. “We don’t think of ourselves as
wealthy,” Debbie says, “and I don’t think you have to be wealthy to
make a difference, but Mike and I have been fortunate. At some point
you have to decide, what are you going to do with your resources? This
is a way to help improve the quality of life for our community.”
with all funds at LCCF, anyone may give to any established fund. Cash,
stocks, and property may be donated, and gifts may be made through a bequest
or trust. For more information about giving to any of the funds
mentioned, or to learn more about LCCF’s Legacy Society, call the office
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