Posted by: Jamie Kutchman Wynne
I’m sure you come across various charitable foundations on social media, blogs and in the news fairly often. Behind each one is usually the memory of a very special individual. Working behind the scenes is an equally special group of people committed to keeping their memory alive. This is the case with The Quincy Conner Foundation. Quincy was a loving husband, father, and friend who was blessed with talents never fully realized because he was taken from this world far too soon.
But just as Quincy wasn't an ordinary guy, TQCF isn't just your ordinary foundation. There's definitely something extraordinarily unique about how Quincy touched the lives of individuals working tirelessly to keep his legacy alive. And so today, it’s an honor to highlight the “why” behind the foundation for those who may have not known Quincy or are not familiar with the foundation's mission.
Quincy Angelo Conner was born October 27, 1977 at Homestead Air Force Base, to the union of Andrea A. Ward and Garland Conner Sr. Due to his father’s military career, the first ten years of his life were spent traveling around to various parts of the world, to include, Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy and the Philippines.
He truly had no problems with diversity regardless of where he lived.
When Quincy was twelve years old, his family settled down in Lake Ridge, Virginia, where he attended Lake Ridge Middle School and advanced on to Woodbridge Senior High School. He graduated in the spring of 1996. While in school, he received numerous awards for his achievements in football, basketball, and track. His most renowned awards are holding the record for high jump in middle school track and being the first twelve year old to drive a car to school!
He furthered his education at Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management with a minor in Accounting and became a brother of the Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity. Before graduation, Quincy and his girlfriend Sarah became the proud parents of their beautiful daughter, Trinity, and remained in Ohio after graduation to raise her together.
In Ohio, Quincy gained employment with Enterprise Rental Car where he became a branch Manager. He proposed to Sarah, and they tied the knot on August 7, 2005 in Fairfax, Virginia. Sadly, the world lost a beautiful soul when Quincy passed away suddenly just a few months later on December 21, 2005.
He is a role model for fatherhood, friendship, marriage, brotherhood, and leadership.
About the Mission
Officially, The Quincy Conner Foundation's calling is to "honor, through a sustained philanthropic effort, a wonderful soul who made everyone's lives better". It is in this spirit TQCF was born and through sustained philanthropic efforts awards scholarship funding for young people who exemplify these qualities. The Foundation recently heard from one of the 2015 scholarship recipients, confirming the positive impact the scholarships are having on students' lives.
In addition to awarding scholarships, The Quincy Conner Foundation is dedicated to keeping Quincy's unique spirit alive. Quincy taught us to love and embrace everyone as a brother and an equal. At both annual events, the Know Your Hole Golf Tourney and 5K for Quincy, there's an immediate sense of community. All ages. All colors. All backgrounds. Everybody feels like One, just as Quincy would've wanted.