LAWRENCE – The Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation donated $55,000 and the Kriz Charitable Fund, Inc. donated $50,000 for the development of facilities maintenance and plumbing training programs at the Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center (Peaslee Tech).
“These wonderful gifts will change the lives of people in Lawrence and Douglas County by providing training for much needed, high wage jobs,” said Shirley Martin-Smith, President of Peaslee Tech’s Board of Directors.
The Ethel and Raymond F. Rice Foundation was incorporated on Feb. 11, 1972, as a private charitable foundation, with the stated purpose of distributing funds to charitable organizations and educational charities and institutions. Raymond formed the foundation after his wife, Ethel, died to extend his philanthropic interests past his lifetime. Raymond was a legal scholar and highly distinguished long-time Lawrence practicing lawyer.
The Kriz Charitable Fund, Inc. was incorporated on August 6th, 1996 by Laura M. Kriz, a retiree who lived in Lawrence until her death in 1999. The fund is managed by a five-member board. Laura was a successful business woman in Chicago who upon retirement moved to Lawrence with her brother Ed. Ed and Laura lived in the house directly south of the Castle Tea Room.
Located at 2920 Haskell Avenue, the Peaslee Tech’s mission is to be a catalyst for economic growth by providing access to technical training to a diverse community of learners to meet the current and emerging needs of our communities and employers. Peaslee Tech offers a wide range of technical and technology courses.
Community members may contribute to Peaslee Tech by mailing a check to 2920 Haskell Avenue, Lawrence, Kansas 66046 or by credit card at 785-856-1801. As Peaslee Tech is a not-for-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible.
Contact: Kevin W. Kelley, Executive Director, Dwayne Peaslee Technical Training Center, 785.856.1801