McConns leave philanthropic legacy in Truckee
As their Truckee residency draws to a close, Phyllis and Rick McConn leave behind a community that has benefited from their passionate involvement.
“[Truckee] chose us, not the other way around,” Phyllis McConn said. “When we moved, we decided I could reinvent myself when we got here.”
And reinvent she did. She went from working as a tax accountant in Texas to a volunteer’s role with the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.
“It was Rick’s idea,” Phyllis confessed about her involvement at the Community Foundation.
“We sometimes forget she’s a volunteer because of the long hours and hard work she puts in,” said Martha Simon of the Truckee Tahoe Community Foundation.
Once she got the volunteer ball rolling, Phyllis McConn donated her time with several other organizations including the Philanthropic Educational Organization and the Queen of Hearts Foundation.
“You could find them at almost every fundraising event that occurred in town,” said Manager Tony Lashbrook of the Town of Truckee. “They were very involved in those ways.”
But Phyllis isn’t the only McConn who contributed to Truckee. Her husband, Rick, has made a difference in the community as well, working at East West Partners.
Rick McConn was the project manager of Gray’s Crossing, which includes residential units set aside for affordable housing. East West Partners also donated parcels of land to the Town of Truckee and the Assumption Catholic Church of Truckee.
“Phyllis and Rick are always the ones picking up the trash, cooking the meals, pouring the wine and mopping the floor,” Simon said. “They’re always the ones doing the grunt work, but they do it with enthusiasm and willingness.”
Together, the McConns have invested time and effort to reshape the community.
“If you have the time and realize what a great community it is, it’s hard to say no,” Phyllis McConn said of her volunteering efforts in Truckee.
The McConns are returning to Texas.
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