The Spencer C. Stephens Flamingo Fund was established in memory of the late Spencer Stephens, who passed from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2003. The fund was created by his widow, Marty (Stephens) Paciocco, and business partner and friend, Ken Vincent, largely from proceeds of a memorial golf tournament. Named the Spencer C. Stephens Flamingo Fund, it honors Spencer and utilizes a sort of family mascot – the flamingo – to draw attention to the ALS cause.
Established in 2004, the Stephens Flamingo Fund is a donor advised fund at Marion Community Foundation which makes awards to the ALS Association’s Central and Southern Ohio Chapter, funding a backpack project for children of ALS victims. The backpacks are filled with resources and materials created to help children understand and cope with the changes associated with a family member’s ALS.
Stephens was an avid golfer, which is why his family and friends chose to support this fund annually with the proceeds of a memorial golf tournament held in Spencer’s honor.