The Capital District Foundation was organized in 1972. The first President was George W. Bogikes. Though there were 17 divisions in the district not all of the divisions had representation.
In the 1986–1987 administrative year the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation made the first gift to a Children’s Pediatric Center. It was a contribution of $3,500 to the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, DC.
Three hospitals were added in the 1987–1988 administrative year:
In 1991–1992 two more hospitals were added:
In 1992–1993 another hospital was added:
In 2013–2014 year the Niswonger Children’s Hospital in Johnson City, TN became the eighth hospital supported by the CDKF. The reason for this selection is that parents in Southwest Virginia use this hospital in many cases for a child with a serious illness since it is closer than Roanoke, VA.
In 2019–2020 year the Children’s Inn located on the grounds of National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland became the ninth hospital supported by the CDKF.
By: Yvonne Holley, Past Governor
During my night out at the ballpark with members of Division 15, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and talking with Mathew Taylor. You may or may not be familiar with the name Mathew Taylor, but he is the grandson of Past Governor Dick Feeser. The name still doesn’t ring a bell? Mathew Taylor is the inspiration behind the inception of the Capital District’s Caring Corner. His grandmother, past First Lady Pat Feeser, organized the Caring Corner as a result of an accident Mathew had at the age of two years.
During my conversation with Mathew and his grandparents, I was told the story regarding Mathew’s accident twenty years ago when he fell into a bucket of hot water filled with cleaning chemicals. He was only 2 years old at the time and was walking backward while playing with a pull toy. He fell and landed in a sitting position in the bucket filled with the hot water and chemicals. PG Dick and his wife Pat were visiting the Manassas Kiwanis Club when they received the news of their grandson’s accident. Little Mathew was rushed to Gettysburg Hospital where his parents were told the hospital did not have the facilities to treat chemical burns. He was then taken to York Hospital where, again, they were informed that the facility was not equipped to treat a child with chemical burns. Mathew was finally taken to the Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington DC where he received the treatment needed and spent two weeks in the center’s intensive care unit.
Now, twenty-two years old, Mathew said he remembers clowns visiting him in the hospital. His grandfather informed us that the clowns were Circle K’ers dressed in clown outfits.
As a result of her grandson’s ordeal, past First Lady Pat established the District’s Caring Corner to raise money to help fund pediatric trauma centers and provide resources for children hospitals to set up pediatric trauma units. The Caring Corner was established in 1986 during Governor Dick Feeser’s year as Governor of the Capital District.
Hopefully, this brief but true story will remind you of the importance of supporting the Capital District Kiwanis Foundation. Contributions made to the Foundation were used to continue to fund and support the District’s seven pediatric trauma centers. PLEASE help make a difference in the lives of our children by supporting the Caring Corner at the district conventions and your midwinter conferences; as well as direct contributions to the Foundation.