Kickback For Cody, Inc.

Kicking back to the community, in memory of Cody Michael Harter

The primary mission of Kickback for Cody, Inc is to raise funds through charitable donations for the Cody Michael Harter Memorial Scholarship Fund.  This fund was established in memory of Cody Michael Harter by the Harter family and the 180th Airlift Squadron Association to provide academic scholarships to graduating seniors of St. Joseph, MO High Schools.  Qualifying students must participate in motocross, wrestling, or musical performance.  Kickback for Cody, Inc also intends to raise funds to support organizations through charitable donations that bring community awareness to the importance of organ donation, as well as organizations that bring community awareness to the personal and societal impact of road rage incidents.

Kickback for Cody, Inc is certified as a nonprofit organization in the state of Missouri. All certifications and articles are on file.

Kickback for Cody, Inc is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID number 84-1977487).

Meet the Board:

Board Chair


Kerrie is Cody Harter's mother.  He was killed May 5, 2018, through no fault of his own, due to a road rage incident.  She asks that you web search his name, read his story, and support this cause if you are able.

Vice Chair


Seth served in the Air National Guard and flew on a crew with Cody on his deployment to the middle east in 2015. Having been to a dozen countries with Snowflake, Seth had numerous adventures with Cody, to include an colorful story that includes cliff diving in Sicily. Seth is honored and humbled to serve in his memory.



Nick is a friend and fellow Air National Guardsman of Cody's.  He and Cody deployed together as well as serving on the same aircrew for multiple domestic missions.  Cody was easily and effortlessly one of Nick's favorite and most admired uniformed brothers.

Committee Chair


My name is Melissa Richie. I am a happily married woman and a mother of three wonderful children. I am blessed to be able to say Cody was my neighbor, my student of four years, my sons greatest friend and my heart.



Cody's grandmother


Donation Amount

Those on this page are the Founding 47.

They are the first 47 to donate $100 each to Kickback For Cody as part of our initial fundraising campaign.

Their generosity has helped Kickback For Cody Inc to get off and running with necessary startup and operating costs.  It's impossible to convey just how much that means to everyone involved in running this organization, to Cody's family, all of his friends and his military brothers and sisters.  

Thanks to the Founding 47 we were able to begin with a very bright future in building this legacy in honor of our dear Cody.  

It is our honor to forever feature them here and count them among our crucial initial supporters.

The Gaines Family

“Cody left such a positive impact on many members of the squadron. We just hope to give back and continue that positivity to inspire folks like Cody.” 

Monday Bible Study Group

"This is a memorial gift to honor Linda Harter. "

Shelby Glenn

"It is an honor to be able to take part in the beginnings of such a wonderful organization. One of my passions is giving back and what a better organization to give back to than one dedicated to the memory of an amazing friend. Kickback For Cody Inc is a prime example of how tragedy can bring about unity and make a positive change. This one's for you Cody."

Steve Cotter

"I wanted to do something in Cody’s memory. I’ve known the Harter family for many years and they are a great family.  I can’t imagine the pain of losing a child and to lose a child to such a senseless act is beyond belief.  Cody was a good man and this is a great way to ensure he is remembered for years to come."

Tom Kampmeyer

"Cody's positive attitude was contagious to those around him.  Through this organization we will continue to spread his positive energy to others throughout the community."

The Simpson Family

"I never even met Cody but he changed me.  Hearing how generous and kind he was makes me want to be a better person."

Steve "G-MAN" Guthomson

"I served 20 years in the U.S. Air Force.  A friend of mine, that I served with in the Air Force years ago, posted Cody's tragic story, and commented on what an outstanding person, and unit member Cody was.  The story hit me hard, as I could see how special Cody was in the eyes of his friends, family, and comrades.  I respected their efforts to turn this tragedy into a lasting legacy worthy of the sort of man Cody was.  The world was robbed of Cody, but his impact will live on through the recipients of these scholarships.  How could I stand by and not contribute in some way from where I was.  Cody's service continues!"

Free Runners Masonic Order – 34

"Free Runners – 34 is a Masonic Motorcycle group based out of Leavenworth Kansas.  Duane Marshall is a member of our chapter and Cody’s Uncle. As Freemasons, we are always looking for ways to support our family and this was a great way to do that.  Honor Cody’s memory and assist young people with higher education."

On this page, you will find links to articles and information about Cody, and the causes that Kickback for Cody, Inc supports.

News stories: 

Organ Donation registration and information:

Missouri Organ Donation Registration website: 

National Organ Donation Registration website: 

Facts about Organ Donation:

Road Rage Awareness: 

Our supporters:

Community Foundation of Northwest Missouri: 

Bleeding Heart Tattoo: 

 To view current information on the ongoing criminal case, go to  and search by case number 1816-CR02172-01.

This is a news page to keep donors updated on the fundraising activities, events, scholarship awards, and financial information of Kickback for Cody, Inc.


Thank you to everyone that came out to support the scholarship fund at KBFC2!  We're tallying the funds raised and will have a full update coming soon.  Watch this space!


On a sad note, Cody’s grandmother (his father’s mother), Linda Ann Harter passed away Sunday evening.

Kerrie said it best…

“She was such a godly woman. She loved and loved and loved some more. She was there for everyone in need. You could always count on her. I love you Linda. And I’m so happy that Cody opened the gates to heaven for you. Kiss him for me please. “

The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations to Kickback For Cody be made in Linda Ann’s name.

If you make a donation in memoriam of Linda Ann, please let us know by emailing so that the family will know.

Thank you.


The first week!

We launched the website exactly 1 week ago.  And thanks to all of the wonderful support, we’ve come an incredibly long way in that time.  THANK YOU to all of our supporters!

We have 30 Founding 47 members too!  Please spread the word and help us find the final 17.

We’ve got some funds raised that are going to allow us to start the planning for KBFC2 in earnest.  We have a contract with Moila in the works, paid our 501(c)(3) application fee and are currently shopping for insurance.

So far, for KBFC2, we have confirmed:

3 bands.

Cody’s favorite tattoo artist...again!


A photo booth.

Some volunteers.

We still really need raffle prizes and 1 more band or musical act, so if you can help or know of anyone, please let us know!

It’s only with your help that we’ve been able to accomplish what we have, and with your help there’s no limit to the good we can do.

Please spread the word, share the site, solicit the donations.  It’s all to give back in the form of scholarships and it’s all in Cody’s honor.

More to come.  Stay tuned.  And again, thank you for an incredible 1st week!!

2019 Scholarship Awards Ceremony:

  • Saint Joseph, MO, USA