The Rickette Foundation is named in honor of entrepreneurs and philanthropists Gus W. Rickette and Mary F. Rickette, founders of Uncle Remus Saucy Fried Chicken restaurants in Chicago, IL. The Rickette’s philosophy is that:
Over the years, the Rickettes laid the groundwork for a legacy of giving by helping thousands of individuals, families, businesses, faith-based institutions and community groups and organizations. This was accomplished through signature initiatives, collaborative programs, events and event sponsorships, education opportunities and training for those presenting a need. Inspiring as they were, they became pioneers in business and philanthropy and were looked upon as role models.
Their philanthropic efforts include the Annual Holiday Party for 300 families and their children; partnering with the Chicago Electrical Association; “Love Meals” hunger campaign to feed the homeless on Valentine’s Day; benefactors of Matthew House Supportive Services; free business mentoring for entrepreneurs; financial support to established and start-up businesses; monetary and in-kind gifts to individuals and other business owners; food donations to community groups.
Additionally, the Rickette family worked with Debra’s Place, The Safer Foundation, and the Illinois Department of Corrections to help transition former inmates back in to the workforce, as well as with many city, state, civic and community organizations.
They were philanthropic even before understanding what it meant. They were doing what they felt was right. In the process, they created a legacy of giving.