You guys, I have a not-so-secret confession to make: I’m still the most overprotective sister I know. In the Wernet family video archives, I can be seen time and time again, demanding that my brother “SING!”, or “Be nice to the cat!”, or “Let me do it!”.
Although my voice is (thankfully) less mysteriously Southern and deep, I’m finding that I’m just as bossy and loud as I used to be.
Kendall had the same genes of determination, but he was much more generous and kind with his ambition. You could say he was an overprotective brother to me, but I’m slowly learning I wasn’t the only one. He adopted so many of you as siblings, looking out for our best interest and pushing us further than we could go by ourselves. It’s a true privilege to watch you share how Kendall shaped your story, and I can clearly picture his humble smile forming in response.
A month before his heaven day, I moved to a brand-new city full of strangers, taking a job not many people in my circle supported. In the weeks leading up to this decision, Kendall was my truest cheerleader, staying up night after night helping me make pro/con lists and listening to my endless worried sighs. After I accepted an offer, I was relieved and ready to celebrate when he told me my work was just beginning.
“Okay Kait, so now that you’ve got the job, what’s your new goal?”
It’s been over a year since we had that conversation, and I’m missing my brother more than ever. But when I think about what he’d be saying to me today, it’s something very similar to before: “What’s next?”
In that spirit, I’m thrilled to finally announce an opportunity we have to join together in memory of Kendall.
I’ve spent the past year being my usual overprotective self looking for the best way to steward my brother’s legacy in a way that he would be proud of. My parents and I wanted to create something intentional, long-lasting and well-researched, and, well friends, I’m excited to announce the establishment of the Kendall Alexander Wernet Community Foundation.
What does this mean? You guys, in true Kendall-style, we’re going to “do good turns daily” LIKE CRAZY through the creation of grants and scholarships.
A community foundation allows us to specify a variety of recipient causes over time, keeping in step with Kendall’s multi-passioned, well-rounded spirit. However, there will be one common thread: each cause will be chosen based on alignment with Kendall’s mission:
“To lift up and encourage those around me and to develop them as I develop myself. I will capture greatness and succeed through passion in order to please those around me and ultimately achieve a paradise known as heaven.”
With your generous donations, prayers and pep-talks, we look forward to “doing good turns daily” in the areas he loved most, including music, education, entrepreneurship, community improvement and helping those in need.
All of the details can be found at KendallWernetLegacyFund.com.
And because I know we’re already ridiculously in this together, THANK YOU. We look forward to updating you on all of the incredible things made possible with your help!