The Great Depression made a deep impression on Walter S. Driskill, who, as a teenager, sometimes went barefoot because his family could not afford to buy him shoes. Those experiences along with other challenging times drove him to excel in all aspects of his life – as a college football player, a WWII war hero, and an entrepreneur in the beer importing business.
Walter, along with his wife, Lucienne, ran Dribeck Importers, headquartered in Greenwich, Connecticut. Dribeck Importers represented and imported Beck’s Beer from Germany, and under the leadership of the Driskills, the business prospered.
Grateful for their success, Mr. Driskill and his wife created the Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Foundation (WSD), a private foundation, in 1986 to support medical research and treatment. Additionally, Mr. Driskill believed deeply in giving every child the opportunity to learn, create and discover the amazing opportunities life has to offer. To reinforce their dedication to youth development, The Driskill’s donated a building in Greenwich to the organization Kids in Crisis for its commitment to reaching out to those in need.
Mr. Driskill passed away in 1999. At the time of Mrs. Driskill’s passing in 2009, the Foundation was fully funded, and Ronald L. Barnard, the Driskill’s attorney for over 40 years, became the Executor Director. Two other long-time business associates, Carmine Figlilio and Ed Kennedy, joined WSD as Directors and remained on the board for several years.
In April of 2014, Mr. Barnard passed away and his wife, June D. Barnard succeeded him as the Executive Director. The following year, Ms. Barnard and her board remained committed to the advancement of medical and scientific researchers fulfilling the grants funded by the WSD.
In January 2017 the strategy and direction of the board evolved. The critical need for a robust and educated pipeline to carry on many of the programs WSD had funded became our mission. Igniting curiosity and propelling future generations of innovators we want curiosity to be the bedrock of progressive education. We believed it was time to reach out to the public and share of vision. In January 2017 a 501c3 public charity was formed in honor of the Walter and Lucienne, and their legacy. The Driskill Foundation.
Walter S. and Lucienne B. Driskill Private Foundation will provide Fiscal Sponsorship to help the Driskill Foundation and continue to fulfill grants given by WSD private charity.
Walter S and Lucienne B. Driskill Past Grantees Include:
National Headache Foundation
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University
NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering ARISE Program 2015
Driskill Foundation Current Grantees Include:
Summer Day 2017 Inner City Chicago Youth
Air Force Academy High School Flight Simulator
Chicago Lights Tutoring Program 2015
Wisconsin Science Festival 2015
The Museum of Science and Industry 2014,2016, 2017
Center for Advancement of Science Education (CASE) 2015,2016