What We Do

Scholarship Awards

Post K- 12 education is a very exciting yet daunting time for children and their families. In our venture to help children, the Cocherl Family Foundation decided to partner with the Blue Valley School District. Thus began the Cocherl Family Foundation Scholarship. A great deal of time and effort went into this program. We chose to target children, within the community, that have physical and or mental challenges. Each scholarship awarded is renewable for up to 4 years pending approval. February marks the beginning of the application process. All Blue Valley High schools take part by encouraging qualified candidates to apply. Each application will go through a screening process before being reviewed by the Cocherl Family Foundation’s selection committee. After heavy deliberation, the candidates are selected. On Class Day, the Cocherl Family awards the scholarship recipients. Presenting these awards has become a highlight for the Cocherl Family.

ALS Golf Classic

The Cocherl Family Foundation has been a proud sponsor of the ALS Golf Classic. ALS Association raises money and awareness for ALS which is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.
The “Joe McGuff” ALS Golf Classic is one of Kansas City’s Premiere golf outings! Participating gives the community a chance to play a round of golf while supporting a wonderful cause. Local hometown hero George Brett started the Ken Worthington chapter and was later joined by Tom Watson to spearhead this event.

Books and Boutiques

Since 2014, Saint Luke’s South Hospital has been the recipient of support from the Cocherl Family Foundation, primarily through the sponsorship of Books and Boutiques, the signature event supporting the Hospital. Books and Boutiques is an afternoon of shopping at locally-owned boutiques followed by a luncheon with a nationally known best-selling author. This event, celebrating 12 years in 2019, has grown substantially in both impact and reach as a result of the support of the Cocherl Family Foundation. In 2018, the event hosted nearly 900 women and raised a total of $350,000 to support the programming of Saint Luke’s South and the new Rehabilitation Institute on the campus of the hospital.

Gift history
Year                                  Gift
2014                                $2500
2015                                $25,000
2016                                $25,000
2017                                $25,000
2018                                $25,000
Total giving                    $102,500

Other Events

  • Children for Peace: Assisting children worldwide who are in need of fundamental support.
  • Homes for Our Troops: Building specially adapted homes for our Veteran who have suffered life-altering injuries.
  • St. Jude Hospital: Research to advance cures and prevention, for pediatric diseases.
  • Rockin With The Navy Seals: Providing support for fallen Seal’s children with post K-12 education.
  • Hands to Hearts: Helping children of poverty by providing funding for clothing, food, and books.
  • Keep The Spark Alive: Funding educational curriculum grades K-12 for suicide prevention.
  • Positive Changes: Providing mental health services, to help children and families.
  • Donnelly College: Provide scholarships to students in need.