The foundation was formed in 2003, as an umbrella organization to
create accessible events, that inspire grass-roots involvement and
enjoyment, while making a contribution to others in need. The foundation
strives to emphasize the importance and ability of all individuals
to make a difference in their community.
The signature event of the Fillmore Family Foundation is
the "Prairie Fairies Fowl Supper". The Fowl Supper is a prairie
phenomenon brought to life through the involvement and vision of
innumerable church groups and service clubs. Each fall, in celebration
of the harvest (bountiful or not) communities gather to share in
a down-home Turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Practically every
town, large and small, has at least one Fowl Supper. Weekends from
September to November are spent driving to the Fowl Supper of the
week in Legion Halls to the basements of the local church.
This tradition has spread beyond the prairies and in 1997, a group
of prairie transplants organized their first Fowl Supper in the
basement of Christ Church Cathedral. Since 1997, there have been
eleven Fowl Suppers organized by members of this group and many
volunteers, raising over $510,000 for local charities.