By Barb Prater
Do you know a “Class Act”? Lew Wiens is that kind of guy–a guy who is generous and well thought of by his family, friends, workplace, community and church. This fellow is involved with charities and organizations that make our community better. Lew serves as a Board Member of Wounded Warriors Family Support (WWFS), a national veteran’s support organization headquartered in Omaha. It is sponsored by Ford, and Law brought Marriott in to also sponsor the group. Wounded Warriors has a mission he strongly supports; helping soldiers and Marines (and a few of his fellow Navy folks) and their families after returning from Afghanistan and Iraq with serious combat wounds.
LQCM has strong ties with Cross-Lines Community Outreach in Kansas City, KS, providing people with services and opportunities. Lew served six years on that board, chairing the Fund-Raising Committee. He says, “I still serve on the Finance Committee, preferably, so I can see where the money goes. I push for more dollars for programs. With my current and past involvement, I see (know) first-hand the. . . inside-out. . . of Cross-Lines and know my (and everyone’s) donations are going to support the programs that help those less fortunate to regain their lives and dignity.”
Kelley Carpenter, Director of Development & Marketing, said when their food pantry saw their need increase by 60 percent, they ran a campaign to raise money so no one was turned away hungry. “Lew was there and quietly made a significant gift to help,” she recalled. “Lew is one of our clients leading advocates, always asking the question, ‘Is there more that we can do?’”
Lew and Susan Wiens have been named Honorary Chairpersons for the upcoming Cross-Lines 14th Annual Gala for Hope with a fun Art Deco theme. It celebrates the supporters, sponsors and volunteers, while raising funds for their programs and services. You can eat great food, bid on live or silent auctions, listen to music and dance, and learn about Cross-Lines and how they provide hope. The 2017 Gala for Hope is Saturday, October 7, at 6 p.m., at the Sheraton Overland Park. For information about tickets, contact www.cross-lines.org or 913-281-3388.
Lew follows others Quivirans who have been actively involved in Cross-Lines: Mary Linda and Landy Boling conceived the gala event fundraising idea, then organized and chaired the first few years. Landy Boling served as Cross-Lines board president; and Sandy Whitaker served for several years on the board and chaired the gala for a couple of years, as well. Lew has passed the torch to his daughter-in-law, Lisa Wiens, who has been a board member for over three years, and is currently vice-chair of the board.
September is a shared act by our dynamic ministers:
September 3: Matthew 16: 21-28: “Losses not Profits” Pam
September 10: Rev. Al Pope, Pastor Emeritus, gives the message
September 17: Matthew 18: 21-35: “Eyes of Mercy” Pam
September 24: Matthew 20: 1-16: “Kingdom Talk” Ira
Many blessings to you. For more information, contact Roy Worthington, 913-962-4557, firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Barb Prater