Partner Spotlight: Bank of Blue Valley and the Regnier Family Foundation

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.”

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Volunteer Spotlight: Vickie Trott

Volunteers are important for ALL of the work that Heart to Heart International does, and they allow us to accomplish far more than we would otherwise.  Volunteers provide support and expertise that the staff may not have and reduce the number of staff hours needed to accomplish a task. 

Vickie Trott is an example of someone who volunteered for Heart to Heart International in a different role than some might imagine as a traditional “volunteer” role.

Vickie began volunteering in July 2021 when she joined the Applause committee as an admin/project manager. Her experience with coordinating events and project management was key in helping keep the planning organized for Applause, Heart to Heart International’s inaugural fundraising event.

“Vickie jumped right in and offered to keep minutes for our committee meetings,” said Steve Hower, Corporate Relations Director for Heart to Heart International. “That helped me focus on running the meetings and also helped keep all the committees to-do lists in sync. She also helped keep track of expenses and budget.”

She helped host  the VIP reception and has offered to help pull all the components together into one document with feedback and ideas for next year’s Applause event. 

“All of her efforts and those of the other volunteers on the committee are vital to help ensure that the event was a success,” he said.

Let’s hear from Vickie herself …

Q&A with Vickie Trott

Why did you start volunteering with Heart to Heart International?

I was originally looking for a volunteer opportunity that was working in a group of people such as building hygiene kits. When I went to the volunteer application there was an opening for administrative work which is what I did before I retired. This led to me working on the committee planning the Applause 2021 Gala. 

What do you like about volunteering? 

I learned in more detail about the work that Heart to Heart does in disaster relief, humanitarian aid, and COVID-19 vaccinations. 

What is it about the Heart to Heart International’s cause that is inspiring?

It is a non-political non-religious organization that offers aid to those who need it.

What do you tell your friends/family about Heart to Heart International?

 I was especially impressed by Heart to Heart’s coordination of vaccination clinic volunteers in area counties. I was a volunteer through the country but worked with a number of Heart to Heart recruited volunteers at a clinic. 

As someone who cares about equitable healthcare access, you may be wondering how you can help. Whether you are able to jump in to fill an urgent need, or looking for a way to use your specific talents, the first step towards making a difference is reaching out and having a conversation. Volunteer needs at Heart to Heart International will vary depending on the time of year and current needs at the organization. We would love the opportunity to talk with you about your interests and see how we can work together on the challenges on ensuring healthcare access in the U.S. and around the world. Find out more at hearttoheart.org/volunteer.

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