Vogts family Sparks Lasting Change Through In-Kind Gifts Personally And Through Their Business.
We wouldn’t be able to do our critical, life-changing work without the generous support of our donors. Two such donors, Al and Jennifer Vogts, have come alongside us for several years and have sparked lasting change in a variety of innovative ways. “We work as a team and are equally inspired, both personally and professionally, to help local organizations like EmberHope,” Jennifer tells us. Residents of North Newton, Al and Jennifer have been married 14 years, with a blended family of six children and two grandchildren. Al owns several businesses in Newton, including Vogts-Parga Construction, Vogts Construction Company, and Vogts Crushing, while Jennifer owns and operates the Wild Prairie Event Center, a wedding and event venue in Newton. Jennifer also volunteers for several organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, SafeHope, Central Kansas Community Foundation, and Harvey County United Way.
In their spare time, Al and Jennifer enjoy playing pickleball, hiking, traveling, and spending time with their friends, kids, and grandkids. Jennifer says she and Al connected with EmberHope Youthville through their work with other local nonprofits, which provided the opportunity to learn in-depth about our mission, services, needs, and challenges. “EmberHope owns a beautiful campus in our community that provides residential services for at-risk girls and offers a great educational experience through Opportunity Academy,” Jennifer tells us.
The Vogts family supports EmberHope Youthville through donations and in-kind gifts both personally and through their businesses. In addition, Al’s construction work has provided him a unique opportunity to support the residential campus. “We’re grateful they are active and growing, providing a much-needed resource in our community,” Jennifer says. “When we can help them, we gladly do!”
Al and Jennifer tell us their partnership with EmberHope Youthville has been a reciprocal blessing, particularly because of the relationships that have developed. They feel particularly close to our Chief Advancement Officer, Lisa Capps. “Lisa works very hard on behalf of the organization,” Jennifer says. “We see and feel her passion, and we’re grateful for her and what has grown into a friendship.”
Jennifer also says while supporting national and global organizations is wonderful, she’s particularly driven to partner with local organizations because of the strength it infuses into the community. “EmberHope is right in our own backyard, and we see the difference they make firsthand,” she says. “But more importantly, we see their needs firsthand. We’ve toured the campus and the residential homes, and we want to invest in them to make life great for the youth they serve.”
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