La Nube announced today that Rick and Ginger Francis provided a cornerstone donation of $500,000 to the Preston Foster Fund, a fund established at the El Paso Community Foundation in memory of Preston Foster, who lost his life in an accident in 2020 at the age of 33.
The Francis’s donation, along with community contributions to the fund, established what will be the Preston Foster Garden at La Nube, the new children’s museum and science center now under construction in downtown El Paso.
“Ginger and I are honored to have made the cornerstone donation to Preston’s fund,” said Rick Francis, Chairman of WestStar. “We are personally aware of the sorrow that comes with the loss of a son, and this is something that we wanted to do for Paul, Alejandra, and Kassi.” Preston was the son of Paul Foster, stepson to Alejandra De la Vega Foster, and brother to Kassi Foster-Nava. He was also the son of Barbara Foster and father to Isabelle, both residents of Arizona.
The Preston Foster Garden will be on the east side of La Nube and will include features such as a boulder scape, a misterium, and a grove. The peaceful design of the garden is intended for use by both museum visitors, tourists, and downtowners. It will be flanked by a terrace and the main entrance to La Nube, while providing attractive landscaping for vehicular and pedestrian traffic on El Paso Street.
Francis added, “Ginger and I are both life-long El Pasoans, so we are pleased that Preston’s memory will be honored in a special place that residents and visitors alike can enjoy at La Nube, El Paso’s new children’s museum and science center.”
“Through the tremendous donation and leadership from our friends Rick and Ginger, and the outpouring of community support to our family through the Preston Foster Fund, we are extremely grateful to see such a special place at La Nube dedicated to the memory of Preston,” said Paul Foster. “He loved the outdoors and always appreciated the beauty of natural settings. He also adored children, so the placement of this garden is a perfect tribute to things that mattered most to Preston.”
La Nube is a public-private partnership of the El Paso Community Foundation, the City of El Paso, and other community stakeholders. It is expected to open its doors to visitors in 2023. For more information, visit la-nube.org.
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