Lorimor Child Empowerment Foundation dba Creating Exciting Futures
To help low-income children, particularly homeless, foster, and orphan children and youth, achieve success and fulfillment and give back.
Helping kids has a three-generation history in Anne’s family. When an orphanage in which she had an interest folded, her grandfather took in five orphans and brought them up, with the help of her grandmother and aunt. As a little girl, Anne helped bathe, dress, and feed baby orphans at a children’s home and school her parents founded in rural New Mexico. A few years ago, one of those orphans paid her a surprise visit in Wisconsin.
Since starting her fund in 2004, Anne has volunteered with or supported a number of organizations for at-risk children, either personally or through the fund. “But,” she says, “I want to help more children.” Getting money to do this was the purpose of her World Record climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2015 as an 85-years-young great-grandmother. It’s not as absurd as it sounds. Anne says, “I’m not a professional climber, but I have always loved hiking.” At 76, Anne climbed Pikes Peak and four other mountains over 14,000 feet. She has climbed mountains in the western United States and Mexico, as well as Ayers Rock in Australia, the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the pyramid in Mexico City.
In 2019, Anne plans to be the oldest person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, again to benefit children and youth through building her foundation. She continues to train by climbing Mummy Mountain daily with her little dog, as well as other mountains around Arizona. Just before going to Africa, she plans to spend time in Colorado to acclimate to a higher altitude and climb taller peaks. Anne comments, “If I combine my love of climbing mountains with my passion for helping kids, what could be better?”
1. Children and youth will be shown their options and given the tools to succeed.
2. Children and youth will be given financial literacy classes to prepare them for success and other classes in line with their interests.
3. Children and youth will be educated in health and fitness and be encouraged to engage in outdoor activities.
4. Children and youth will be supported in seeking higher education or vocational training as suited.
5. Children and youth will be given personal and/or career mentors to help them reach their goals.
6. Scholarships for music, business, and advanced education will be offered.
7. Successful children and youth will pay it forward as volunteers or with donations.
1. Founder and team will undertake various appropriate endeavors to gain attention and money for the Fund. Founder will set a new record in 2019 as the oldest person to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
2. Experts will be identified and acquired for marketing and publicity.
3. Funds will be audited carefully to inspire confidence in the fund and its projects.
4. Appropriate and necessary reports will be prepared, filed, and disseminated.
5. The World Record will be documented and publicized to gain favorable attention and support.
6. Founder will speak whenever appropriate to raise attention and funds.
7. DVDs of the documentary and other items will be available for sale to support the cause.
8. Work will continue in building green, community friendly storage units to provide ongoing funds.
9. Four teens will be sponsored for CEOSpace Teen Program annually with full scholarships.