It is a Sunday afternoon. During football season, many don’t know is that I watch bowling the first quarter of the NFL game. I’m not embarrassed to tell you, I love bowling. So I watch for an hour or so the PBA, Professional Bowlers Association games.Well, today the intercollegiate game is being broadcast. It is Wichita State University vs. Some School in Indiana I have never heard of (good Catholic school). Looks like WSU will win its 11th national championship in 30 years. They have always been good.But they were not up to the task of the Hubbard Collingsworth and Lyle Dresher years ago at Emporia State University. In 1969 ESU won the NATIONAL COLLEGIAT E BOWLING TITLE. I used to have a jersey to prove it. Ron Loewen was a part of that support team at ESU.Why would I bring this up?You know my mind works in mysterious ways. ESU beat University of Kansas, WSU, Indiana, and many other schools to be the best. ESU was a little nothing in comparison to those other schools.But in bowling we were the best. We were the undisputable #1.Who would have known that I would be involved in three national championship teams? ESU Bowling, Wichita State University World Series Championship in 1989 (30 years after my bowling championship); and then in 2010, Hartsook Companies is the largest in the world.Each one of these victories marked an opportunity seized.That is where you have to be in fundraising. No excuses. No whining. No turning back.Your drive has to be pure, your goal has to be exact, and your reward, total victory.You can feel a lot of pride about how many times you’ve tried and how hard you’ve worked. Some of it may even look good on a resume.But ask anyone who’s breathed the air at the top: there’s nothing like being #1.
Photo credits: National WWI Museum
President and Trustee
The Sunderland Foundation
Recipient of the
2018 GROWING PHILANTHROPY AWARD FOR TRANSFORMATIONAL CAPITAL PHILANTHROPY
Kent Sunderland was presented with the prestigious Growing Philanthropy Award in Kansas City by Hartsook President and CEO
Matthew J. Beem during National WWI Museum and Memorial’s VIP event, Night at the Tower.
He was nominated by Matthew Naylor, Ph.D., President and CEO of the National WWI Museum and Memorial, and was selected unanimously by Hartsook Institutes and the International Board of Visitors Growing Philanthropy Committee.
Kent was Vice Chairman of Ash Grove Cement prior to its recent sale. As President of The Sunderland Foundation, he has played a significant role in advancing philanthropy with major gifts.
The Growing Philanthropy Award recognizes a distinguished group of individuals and organizations whose efforts increase philanthropy through research, innovation and challenging the status quo. For more information, contact [email protected].