WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the Senate Floor to honor the life and legacy of Kansan and philanthropist Cecil O’Brate.
“Cecil was a strong advocate for Kansas and was committed to helping others succeed,” said Sen. Moran. “Despite achieving great means and influence himself, he remained dedicated to the Kansas and midwestern values he learned on the farm fields in Hamilton County. Cecil conducted himself always with humility and authenticity.”
“Through investment in southwest Kansas communities and support for various organizations in Kansas and across the country, Cecil and his wife Frances have transformed countless lives,” continued Sen. Moran. “In 2013, Cecil and Frances established the O’Brate Foundation which awards college scholarships and teaches life skills to students, most of who grew up in the foster care system or below poverty level. Cecil loved to help other people succeed, particularly young people. He gave generously to many charities, and I have no doubt that the O’Brate Foundation will continue to provide educational opportunities for Kansans for years to come.”
“To nearly everyone Cecil met he shared, ‘There is no substitute for an honest day’s work, an inquisitive mind, and a desire to always do more.’ His life was a testament to those principles, and he lived them each day with authenticity and purpose,” said Sen. Moran. “He is worthy of our tribute today and always.””
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