Recently, the Holm family of Abilene, Kansas, issued a challenge to their fellow Kansans and, as is so often the case when presented with a challenge, they responded wholeheartedly. The Eisenhower Foundation is pleased to announce that the Holm Family Five Star Challenge has been met, and even exceeded!
In just four months — from February to June 6th, the 73rd anniversary of D-Day — more than $400,000 was contributed to the Eisenhower Foundation toward this challenge. The Holm family has generously added an additional $100,000, bringing the total amount raised to over $500,000.
These funds will be used for The Heart of America gallery within the soon-to-be renovated Eisenhower Presidential Museum exhibits. The Heart of America will serve as a testament to the generosity of Ike’s home state. Furthermore, it will be a lasting tribute to one of America’s true heroes that will inspire young people for generations to come.
Tim Holm has served on the Eisenhower Foundation Board of Directors for the past three years, while his wife, Brenda, is a leader in the Abilene community through her various philanthropic initiatives. Their hope for this Challenge was to make it possible for all who live and work in Kansas to show our own community spirit — and pride for Ike. It is gratifying to know that Kansans, just like our Friends all over this great country, still like Ike. The Holm family shares this same pride in the accomplishments of a humble Kansas boy who grew up to become one of the extraordinary leaders in American history.
On behalf of the Eisenhower Foundation, the Eisenhower Presidential Museum, and the Holm family, thank you to those who answered this challenge in support of the Dwight D. Eisenhower: A Legacy of Leadership campaign. We especially want to thank the area businesses that made lead gifts to this challenge: Astra Bank, Rocking M Media, and Eagle Communications.