The Rauch brothers remembered how the community, especially the American Federation of Labor Construction Workers, came to the aid of the Rauch family whose husband and father was a paraplegic.
Albert and Lester remembered how the family managed to pull through the Great Depression because the union members constructed a storefront—and the means for the family's livelihood—onto the front of their Rock Island Home. In later years, that remembrance took the form of plans to establish a family foundation that would help others of their community.
Al and Les Rauch were graduated from St. Ambrose University, majoring in science. For many years, Les was director of food services at St. Anthony's Hospital and Franciscan Medical Center. He died in 1987 and bequeathed his assets to his brother.
After college graduation, Al went to work at Deere & Company as a chemist, working as a senior scientist for 48 years.
These modest and unassuming brothers have remembered the gifts of their neighbors and friends with their own generous gifts to future generations.