The Richmond family’s philanthropic values run many generations deep.
Laura’s parents were known in their community for helping those in need. Jack lived in 19 homes in his first 20 years and was thankful for his “angels” who kept his belief in good in the world alive. These experiences at a young age created a driving force to helps others, a theme that ran throughout Jack and Laura’s lives. Today, their children, John, Steve and Clay carry on their parents’ passion for supporting the community.
In 1958, The Richmond family moved from their wheat farm in Kansas to San Antonio on a leap of faith after Jack felt passed over for a promotion. Laura was a school teacher and pregnant with their youngest, Clay, at the time. The only prior experience they had in San Antonio was Jack’s basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, but they were ready to call it their new home. With zero restaurant experience, they purchased the first Pizza Hut restaurant in San Antonio.
As the Richmond’s Pizza Hut business grew in San Antonio, they consistently found ways to give back to their new community through organizations like United Way, Easter Seals and the Center for Healthcare Services. In 1974, Jack furthered his investment by starting a matching program for any employee contributions to United Way. Jack’s sons remember him saying, “never grow tired of doing what is right,” which was a motivation behind his philanthropy.
For Clay Richmond, Jack and Laura’s only son born in San Antonio, continuing as a Tocqueville Society member has been a way to honor his parents’ dedication to the community and United Way. Engaging with like-minded United Way contributors who are concentrated on creating a brighter future is one of Clay’s favorite parts of being a Tocqueville Society member.
John, Steve and Clay, are dedicated to continuing their parents’ legacy through the impact of the Richmond Family Foundation and the Wade Richmond Foundation (in memory of their brother who passed away at age 17 in 1984 from a grand mal epileptic seizure). Jack and Laura’s original vision was to ensure that the Foundations last 100 years after they were gone to support the community and create lasting change.
The Richmond brothers embody their parents’ philanthropic philosophy to “help support those angels among us” as they invest in United Way and other local organizations through their foundations.
We are fortunate that more than 50 years ago, Jack and Laura took that leap of faith and made San Antonio their hometown. The impact that the Richmond family has had over the last five decades is immeasurable and we are grateful for the legacy that their sons carry today.