Saturday, December 5, 2009

Manginos have left positive impressions on community


While not always as visible in doing charitable work as coaches like Roy Williams or Bill Self, Mark Mangino and his wife, Mary Jane, have left their mark in different ways.

The Manginos were regular contributors to the United Way, said Colleen Gregoire, vice president of the United Way of Douglas County.

“Mangino could be the most generous giver of anybody in the athletic department, and you would never know because that’s how some people choose to fund their groups,” and charities respect that, Gregoire said.

Loring Henderson, executive director of the Lawrence Community Shelter, said Mangino and his wife are “exemplary” chairs of a dinner and dancing fundraiser in 2008, on the heels of the coach’s Orange Bowl victory.

Mary Jane helped with the planning and committee meetings of the event, and he delivered a very well-received speech on homelessness, Henderson said.

“You could just tell that he had done some research,” Henderson said. “He spoke — for 10 or 15 minutes without notes — eloquently and solemnly about homelessness.”

They also personally donated to the shelter, and Henderson said Mangino designated the shelter as the recipient of a portion of the proceeds from signed footballs.

The Manginos have also been active in raising money for KU Libraries — making a $10,000 pledge in 2008.

The Rev. Leo Barbee, of Victory Bible Church, recalled a 2004 speech where Mangino delivered another keynote speech at a banquet honoring Martin Luther King.

“We were impressed,” Barbee said. “It was well-received and a really good message.”


Viggo3003 10 years, 4 months ago

Hey LJW just quit writing your self serving "positive" stories about Mangino. YOU were complicit in attacking and destroying Mangino so don't try to act like your above it. I'd love to see Mangino sue you and get about 20 million.

Steve Brown 10 years, 4 months ago

balanced reporting is usually done before the hanging,

afterwards it looks a tad self serving, you tools.

just sayin'

Bill Kackley 10 years, 4 months ago

You both got it right. Extremely self-serving. If it hadn't have been for ljw there very well might have been a change in coaches but there would not have been near the halabalu (sp).

Steve Brown 10 years, 4 months ago

read the title again, Mangino positively left impressions...

finger hole in indented shoulder pads, replaced sod where he walked, hands around players necks...okay forgive me..poetic liscnse. just a funny title on this 'report'.

did he pay his library pledge yet.

IBRONNIEB 10 years, 4 months ago

Its like being at a funeral, even though you guys did all you could to ruin the man when he was here. Now that he's gone, you find positive things to say about him. Self-serving is an understatement. Do something that you have always have had trouble with, MOVE ON.

jhokfan 10 years, 3 months ago

I sent a thank you letter to Coach Mangino in care of the athletic department. Love him or hate him, he's been good for KU football.

yates33333 10 years, 3 months ago

Good Luck Mr. Mangino. KU owes you more than money. You got screwed, but unfortunately that's life.

bergyju 10 years, 3 months ago

agree with jhokfan and yates33333!!!!

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