Walton Family Foundation Continues Helen Walton’s Legacy Of Giving

Helen and Sam Walton worked to improve the lives of others and that spirit of giving continues today through their grandchildren and nieces and nephews, Kyle Peterson, executive director of the Walton Family Foundation told a crowd of 250 at the 13th annual Single Parent Scholarship Fund of Benton County (SPSFBC) Corporate Luncheon on Tuesday (May 1).

Peterson told the story of how Marjorie Wolfe, founder of the SPSFBC, visited with Walton 30 years ago at home in Bentonville with Walton’s grandchildren playing around them. That day Wolfe shared with Walton the struggle single parents have as they try to balance finances, work and raise children while going to college. She left that day with a commitment of $10,000 from Walton to help with administrative costs in setting up a scholarship fund.

“The donation set off a chain reaction in Benton County and signaled that this organization was doing a great work early on,” Peterson said. “Together Marjorie and Miss Helen started a program that has touched all 75 counties here in Arkansas and inspired work in Missouri and Oklahoma as well.”   MORE

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