BENEFITING: National Philanthropic Trust THE STORY: Ed’s Connect, formerly the Ed Fonner, Jr. Community Fund, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit Donor Advised Fund, was established in 2014 in memory of Dr. Edwin Fonner, Jr., beloved colleague, friend, husband and father who dedicated his life in making a difference by impacting population health. This fund currently seeks to support need-based college scholarships and a bi-monthly call to proactively connect people from around the country to share common matters, promote well-being and resources. New York Times: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/nytimes/obituary.aspx?n=edwin-fonner&pid=169416691
Mission: Ed’s Connect is dedicated to supporting the community and providing resources to foster education and improved quality of life. This is a non-profit community service endeavor—all are welcome to join.
Slogan: Interactive Inspirations! Historical Activities September 2014 – November 2020: January 29, 2020 Ongoing: Ed’s Connect, is a bi-monthly non-profit service dedicated to supporting the community and providing resources to foster education and improved quality of life. This bi-monthly virtual call proactively connects people from around the country to share common matters and promote well-being. All are welcome to join @ edsconnect.org.
April 22, 2020: Need-Based Scholarships serving high school seniors in Colorado; National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, Castle Rock Chapter.
April 15, 2020: Scholarship sponsorship to Hide in Plain Sight serving homeless students and students in poverty throughout the state of Colorado.
November 13, 2019; Spiritual Enlightenment, Haridwar, India. Ed, Jr.’s Soul Liberation to the Mother Ganges River.
September 2014 - September 2020 Ongoing sponsorship contributions to the Nelson E. Hopkins Scholarship Fund; Kansas City, MO. Need-Based Scholarships serving high school seniors in Kansas. This 5K event memorializes a former Alta Vista Charter high school honors student senselessly killed while walking home from a local library. Rockhurst University and community raise funds through this 5K walk/run event to contribute towards modest college scholarship awards given to current matriculating Alta Vista Charter high school honors graduates.
March 2016: Donation to Make A Wish Foundation of VA to empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions to support their unique wishes to change their lives.
November 26, 2015: Maribeth and Eddie participated in the Boar’s Head Turkey Trot 5K in support of the University of Virginia Pediatric Department.
December 5, 2015: Maribeth and Eddie participated in the Monticello Holiday Classic 5K in memory of Edwin, Jr.'s birthday and Jason Stevens' celebration of life—a runner who was tragically killed in an auto accident; responsible for trail beautifications.
August 17, 2014: Eddie and Maribeth Fonner hiked Patricia Peak (11,962 feet) in the Sierra Nevada mountains, near Mammoth Lakes, CA in honor of Dr. Ed. Ed’s tribute, written for his father, Lt. Col. Fonner, was placed in the summit box: Today I Will: Today, I will stand on my tip toes, look up and over those blocking my way, and be a Dreamer. As I gaze up at the sky and out at the Universe, I will be open to all possibilities. Setting my compass, glancing back briefly, I will appreciate my heritage, my challenges, successes and failings. I will breathe in a great sense of fulfillment for my Providence. Driven by my furies, I will take risks, I will push outward, and I will reach the top. With God as my friend and now on my way, quoting Tolstoy, I will ‘want feelings to guide my life, not life to guide my feelings.’