Arkansas City High School graduate Emily Lawson will perform Tuesday/Oct. 4 at Legacy Regional Community Foundation’s 20th anniversary “birthday party.”



Legacy will celebrate 20 years of incorporation as a regional community foundation with a birthday party at 6:30 p.m. in the Wright Room at Cowley College in Arkansas City. Great Western Dining will cater the dinner. To celebrate 20 years, the dinner will be just $20.

Reservations are required. Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation, will provide a keynote message for the event.

Lawson is studying music education and voice at Friends University in Wichita. She is a recipient of the Warrender Scholarship through Legacy.

“We are thrilled to have Emily performing at our party,” said Yazmin Wood, executive director of Legacy Foundation.

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to showcase her talent and share the story of the impact that giving through Legacy Foundation has on the people — especially children — of our area.”

Robert “Bob” Warrender was born and raised in Ashton. He attended Arkansas City High School and Wichita State University.

Following graduation, Warrender taught band and music for 36 years in Kansas schools, with most of those years spent in Sedan. He had many students through the years, and was well respected and loved.

The first Warrender Scholarship was established in 2007, following his passing. The Warrender Scholarships were established for graduating seniors who have been in high school music for four years, with priority given toward individuals majoring in music education.

Legacy Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit philanthropic organization incorporated in September 1996 by a volunteer board of directors. Legacy has endowed funds of more than $4.7 million and, since 2000, has received contributions totaling more than $8 million, distributing $3 million in grants.

For reservations, call (620) 221-7224 or email by Thursday/Sept. 28.