Gene and Barb Ashby have long loved bike riding. They have enjoyed this non-competitive activity all their lives. It brings a feeling of freedom and relaxation to an often busy day, can be used as a physical workout to a rider’s personal level of exertion and done alone or with friends and family.
The development of future hard surface bike paths outside the city limits of Luverne is a desire the Ashby’s want to see realized. This desire is part of the legacy footprint they hope to leave in the community/county they have pedaled thousands of bike miles in and around. To do this they have established a “Bike Path Field of Interest” fund with the Luverne Area Community Foundation. Their generous nest egg donation will help assist future bike path development as project and need arises in the future by allowing the LACF to offer grant dollars for hard surface bike path projects.
The Ashby’s chose a Field of Interest fund so that other bike enthusiasts could add their own tax deductible dollars to the fund in the hopes of accomplishing the goal of assisting with added bike paths for people of all ages to use and enjoy. They realize their donation is just a drop in the bucket but plan to continue to contribute to the fund until it can someday be realized.
A personal motivation Gene and Barb have in establishing this fund is to remember their son Chris who was an avid bicyclist. Biking was something the Ashby’s did as a family and this legacy gift allows them to continue this recreation enjoyed by them for future individual and family bicycle enthusiasts.
This 100% tax deductible gift from Gene and Barb Ashby is a wonderful example of how a donor can work with the Luverne Area Community Foundation to give back to a lifelong passion for generations to come.
For more information about this fund or other donor fund ideas please contact Emily Crabtree at the LACF office. It is our privilege to match charitable dollars with donor passions.