Established in 1988 as a means to provide support for Merriam's recreation facilities, programs, and parks, the Foundation has provided more than $175,000 to support the Parks and Recreation Department. The Foundation’s largest fundraising activity is the annual Flags 4 Freedom event, held during the week of July 4.
Individuals or groups wanting to contribute in honor or memory of a loved one can complete the online ribbon dedication form, call 913-322-5550, or contact Anna Slocum by email for more information.
The American flags, which have flown during the Fourth of July Flags 4 Freedom event in downtown Merriam, are available for public displays. Please review the Flag Usage Policy if you're interested in using the flags.
Flag Usage Policy(PDF, 342KB)
Recent foundation projects include:
- Program and membership scholarships for low income Merriam residents
- Sponsorship of Flags4Freedom event
- Benches at Brown and Chatlain Playgrounds
- Sponsorship of Merriam Drive Live
- Sponsorship of the Heartland Purchase Award
In 2003, the Irene B. French Giving Tree was established by the Foundation to recognize individuals and community partners who donate financial support.
The Giving Tree also offers an opportunity for gifts in honor or in memory of a family member or friend. All donations are tax deductible. If you are interested in supporting the works of the foundation, please contact the Merriam Parks & Recreation Department at 913-322-5550.