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Katherine E. Brady Fund Enhances Texas Panhandle Quality of Life.

Katherine E. “Kitty” Brady loved the Panhandle of Texas. Born in Dumas, Mrs. Brady lived in Amarillo for 86 years. During her lifetime, she supported numerous nonprofit organizations. Mrs. Brady nursed her husband Harold through numerous hospital stays over the years. These experiences led Mrs. Brady to establish the St. Anthony’s Hospital Auxiliary to provide assistance for patients and their families. She later served as president of the Texas Association of Hospital Auxiliaries.

Mrs. Brady desired to leave a legacy that would benefit the area that she called home. She named the Amarillo Area Foundation as the sole beneficiary of her estate to benefit Texas Panhandle residents. The Katherine E. “Kitty” Brady Fund was established at the Amarillo Area Foundation in 2001. Since that time, more than $3 million in grants have been awarded from the Brady Fund to 72 nonprofits across the Texas Panhandle.

Her legacy includes providing eyeglasses and exams for low-income children, senior meals and activities for a three-county area, community center renovations in North Amarillo, and summer camp experiences for children battling cancer. Mrs. Brady is a wonderful example of the philanthropic spirit that enhances quality of life in the Texas Panhandle.

Spilling the beans!

What’s this all about?

Earlier this month we hinted at an exciting promotion we are launching with our friends at Palace Coffee Company. We are so happy we can now spill the (coffee) beans! For years, Palace Coffee has been giving back to local nonprofits through their “Cause Latte” program. For each Cause Latte purchased in any of their locations, Palace gives back $1 to the organization chosen for that month. We think that is such a great idea and we asked how we could help. As a result, The Amarillo Area Foundation and Palace Coffee have created a co-branded coffee sleeve with a QR code. When someone scans the QR code, it will take them to a landing page where they can enter their information and email address. For each unique scan, Amarillo Area Foundation will give $5 to that month’s cause organization! This also means that the customer doesn’t necessarily have to purchase a Cause Latte – they can scan the code from any drink purchase! Amarillo Area Foundation will tally the QR scans all month long up to $1,500.

How you can participate

This promotion will start February 1 — just in time to celebrate Palace Coffee’s newest location opening on Amarillo College’s Washington Street campus! The February organization will be The American Heart Association. Keep posted for all upcoming Cause Latte organizations. You will be able to partner with AAF and Palace every month in 2018 by simply getting your caffeine fix and scanning the QR!

We look forward to continuing partnerships with organizations that help to improve quality of life for Texas Panhandle residents. 2018 is off to a great start!