Bob Edwards built a legacy of feeding children in our community through his tireless advocacy and fundraising through the Freestore Foodbank Rubber Duck Regatta. Bob joined the Freestore Foodbank Board of Trustees in 1995 and supported the organization in many capacities. He launched the Rubber Duck Regatta in 1995 and served as its chairman and cheerleader for 20 years. Bob grew the Duck Regatta into a million dollar event by continually seeking out and welcoming new ideas. His passion and commitment over the course of two decades helped the event to generate 25 million meals for hungry children in the Tri-State area. We were deeply saddened when Bob passed away in the Fall of 2014.
To honor his memory and continue his legacy, the Freestore Foodbank established the Bob Edwards Feed A Child Fund in December of 2014. Gifts to the fund, which are managed by the Freestore Foodbank Foundation, encourage new and innovative programs to address the problem of childhood hunger in the Tri-State area. Bob’s beloved wife, Sylvia, has a special message to share with everyone who has contributed to this initiative:
To activate the fund and encourage donations, the Freestore Foodbank Foundation made an initial investment of $10,000 and established a Matching Gift offer for $95,000 in donations that followed! To date, the Fund currently stands at nearly $300,000 and we are exploring proposals for new childhood hunger programs that incorporate the “make it happen” spirit that Bob brought to the Freestore Foodbank.
Checks, made payable to the Freestore Foodbank with ‘Bob Edwards Feed A Child Fund’ in the memo, can be mailed to:
1141 Central Parkway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
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