The Poormans are native-born Marionites. Rick is alum of Marion Technical College and has worked in materials organization at Whirlpool for more than 35 years. Nancie is retired from Kable Fulfillment after a 28-year career and five years with the Marion Family YMCA.
The couple, who say they had been aware of Marion Community Foundation for some time, decided it was time to give back to the community they and their families have always called home. Believing that the Foundation was a good steward and vibrant community partner, they created their funds to fulfill their desire to see Marion prosper and to help others enjoy it.
The Poormans have financially supported the Palace since the 1970s and consider it one of the “gems of Marion.” According to Nancie, the fund is their way of helping to ensure that the Marion Palace Theatre will always be here.
Created by Rick and Nancie Poorman of Marion, this fund is a designated fund which supports the arts in Marion. Like the Poorman’s other fund, the unrestricted Rick & Nancie Poorman Fund, it was created with a gift of stock and matching funds from Rick’s employer, Whirlpool Corporation.