We are grateful to the Bank of Blue Valley and the Regnier Family Foundation for their Humanitarian Sponsorship at our Applause fundraising event last month.
This longtime Kansas City alliance is founded on local business relationships and over the years ours has grown into a strong community and philanthropic partnership. We’re so thankful we can call both Bank of Blue Valley as well as the Regnier Family Foundation strong supporters of Heart to Heart International.
The Bank of Blue Valley exemplifies a true business partner. Their commitment to be a contributing member by serving the needs of their customers and the overall community demonstrates that they have all the attributes of a successful corporate partnership for any nonprofit, and we’re proud they’ve added HHI to their long list of charities that they consider partners.
Heart to Heart International has worked with Bank of Blue Valley since April 2014. Immediately there was a partnership that went beyond a traditional banking relationship. Fortunately, Bank of Blue Valley keeps its decision making at the local level and their bankers are committed to understanding every customer’s financial relationship. This partnership has allowed HHI to sustain its investments as well as grow. The bank lends its expertise to HHI staff with typical banking functions but equally important, the bank also has been an important investment partner.
Bob Regnier started Bank of Blue Valley and now is president and CEO. He is a prominent member in the Kansas City community and is Vice Chairman for the Regnier Family Foundation, along with his siblings, Cathy and Victor Regnier Jr.
After their parents’ deaths, the Regnier children carried on their parents’ legacy by establishing the Foundation to support organizations that reflect the values of Vic and Helen Regnier: entrepreneurship, innovation, education and science. The Foundation has made a mark throughout the Kansas City region, supplementing endowments at area universities as well as many local nonprofits including Heart to Heart International.
Bob Regnier’s involvement at HHI has been vast and includes accepting a volunteer role as honorary fundraising campaign chair. His well-established reputation in the community enhanced the organization’s credibility and accessibility to funders.
He also spearheaded the financing for the purchase of the HHI Lenexa, Kansas, headquarters building in 2019, making significant financial contributions and helping to enable the continuation of our mission to provide access to healthcare to those in need. Thanks to a generous donation from the Foundation, we were able to develop the Regnier Family Foundation Gallery, a beautiful photo gallery near the building’s entrance.
Lastly, Bob’s exemplary leadership has inspired bank employees and others to volunteer their time at HHI, demonstrating a true commitment to Heart to Heart International and our mission.
“It’s been an honor to be a part of Heart to Heart International and support the organization’s mission of providing access to health to those in need,” said Bob Regnier. “We’re committed to our local communities because we’re a part of them ourselves. All of us share the road with each other, bump into each other at the supermarket, and send our kids to the same schools. We love our neighbors and our track record shows it.”