Dan and Lori are homegrown friends of Family Service & Guidance Center.
Both were born and raised in Topeka and have lived here their entire lives, except for their college years. Even then, they didn't wander far: Lori is a proud alumna of The University of Kansas, and Dan is a Kansas State University graduate. After college, they got married and chose to live in Topeka.
"We like the size of the city, the friendliness of the people, our faith community and the reasonable cost of living," Lori explained.
The Rowes believe it's important to give back to their community, but there's more to it than that, Dan said.
"We believe we are all expected to be good stewards of whatever time, talent, and treasure we are fortunate to have. Those who have more than enough to meet their own needs should consider giving to others who rarely or never have enough to meet the needs of themselves and their families," he said.
Dan and Lori support FSGC because they've seen the tremendous impact the organization's top-quality services make on the lives of thousands of children, adolescents and families each year. Their first experience with FSGC was the 2009 Works of Heart Art Event and Auction.
"We were invited to sit at a friend's table. We had never heard of FSGC," Lori remembered. "When the young featured artists, who I learned were also FSGC clients, took to the stage with their artwork and I saw the look of excitement and amazement on their faces as the bids went higher for the artwork that they had created, we were hooked!"
Lori signed up to be a member of the 2010 Works of Heart Planning Committee auction committee and has been a mainstay ever since. She and Dan both serve on the FSGC Foundation Board of Directors, and Lori will serve as Foundation Board Chair for 2014-15. The Rowes have also been sponsors of the FSGC Children's Art Show and Pizza Party the past three years.
They both talk about many reasons for giving, but Dan said it all comes back to the work FSGC does.
"FSGC is right when they say, 'every child deserves a happy childhood,' and sometimes children and families need help accomplishing this goal. FSGC is the place where they can get that help."