The Lukey Fund
Established in 2016 by Veronique de La Bruyere, The Lukey Kaempfer Children’s Fund supports the current and future programs of Comfort Food Community that provide services for children from birth to 18 years of age — the YES! Backpack Program, food for the Greenwich Youth Center, the Interfaith Food For Kids Summer Lunch Program, and the many children at pantry services. It also supports the future plans of youth nutrition programs, cooking classes for kids, and student activities in the community garden. The Lukey Fund helps Comfort Food Community to make all of this possible.
Lukey Kaempfer was a charismatic, outgoing, 24 year-old who was born in Washington, D.C. and passed away unexpectedly in 2016. A “backpack” is a good symbol for Lukey because in his short life he traveled to every continent except Antarctica. He had a taste for adventure, and spent a gap year after high school traveling the world. In Peru, he worked refurbishing village schools, teaching English, and helping build a village water project. In Thailand, he taught at an orphanage and worked the rice fields in Mae Saraing.
Lukey also enjoyed the time he spent here in Greenwich during family celebrations with his many cousins. The Fund has been established for people who knew and loved him to honor Lukey’s generous and giving spirit. He supported children’s programs throughout the world. The Fund will support programs to educate, encourage and inspire Greenwich youth through the power of good food.
About Lukey Kaempfer
Lukey was from a large family and was very close to his many cousins. He had a wide circle of friends, and where he led, others followed. He was always the first to do things: learn to swim, ride a bike, jump off a cliff, ask a girl out on a date, or discover a cool new band or song. He was so outgoing and eager to see the world, keeping him in school was a challenge. Nonetheless, he made a strong impression on his teachers and peers; his high school history teacher remembers his “wit, wry sense of humor, and whip-smart intelligence.”
Lukey had many great qualities that his friends and family miss. The one quality that all his friends agree set him apart was what a good and loyal friend he was, always putting other’s happiness before his, and what an indelible impact his personality and friendship had on their lives. Lukey was lovable and he loved– his family, his friends, animals, the world, the Washington Redskins, and his beloved Chelsea FC soccer team. He will always be remembered for his passion for life, generosity of spirit, and kindness. The Lukey Kaemfper Children’s Fund is a fitting tribute to Lukey’s spirit and memory, allowing him to continue to influence the world in positive ways.