Graham Parfitt Memorial Fund

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When a family establishes a fund with the Wyoming Community Foundation in honor of a loved one who has passed, we feel a deep sense of responsibility. Families thoughtfully consider the best way to pay tribute to the spirit of the person lost and WYCf works to ensure their wishes are met. Recently WYCF had the privilege to work with Kim and Todd Parfitt to establish the Graham Parfitt Memorial Fund, named for the couple’s son.

“Graham was a Renaissance kid,” says Kim, Graham’s mom. He was a student at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, was an Eagle Scout, had been an all-state swimmer, a member of the all-state band, a member of the State Championship Science Olympiad Teams and was a gifted writer.

Graham’s many passions mean the Parfitts have endless ideas as to how they might use the fund. They have already created a Boy Scout scholarship that allowed one youngster to attend camp who would not have been able to otherwise.

As for their other ideas? Kim and Todd can take their time paring those down; money in the Graham Parfitt Memorial Fund will continue to grow, ready to make an impact on the community as they are. In the meantime, the Parfitts work on projects and support programs that honor Graham – some of which may very well be supported in the future by Graham’s fund.

Graham Parfitt Young Writers Workshop:

“Writing was an incredible outlet for creativity for Graham and we hope the workshops can provide a similar outlet for others.” – Kim Parfitt

  • The first annual writing event, aimed at 3rd – 12th graders, is being held at the Laramie County Library on August 14th. The Parfitts hope the event inspires kids to write.
  • Wyoming Author Cat Urbigkit will be speaking to the young writers.
  • The Parfitts will be dedicating a special writing desk in Graham’s memory to the library’s newly created ‘tween’ area during the workshop. The desk will be modeled after Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ desk and will have writing prompts in the drawer to inspire young writers. The desk was designed by Curtis Colbert, a teacher at Central High School in Cheyenne.

When giving, please specify the “Graham Parfitt Fund” under “give to an existing fund.”