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ECCF Honors Betty Beland, Renames Summer Fund

ECCF Honors Betty Beland, Renames Summer Fund
Press Release
Thursday, February 2, 2012

In honor of the founder of the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund, Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce the renaming of the Fund to the Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund.

“Betty’s vision to enhance the quality of life in the Merrimack Valley was realized in creating the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund which now supports activities for over 19,000 children each summer. Her legacy and spirit will live on for generations to come” said Jay Caporale, ECCF Director of Philanthropy.

Betty Beland was a passionate supporter of nonprofit organizations in and around Lawrence and was involved in many organizations and initiatives. While serving on Associated Grantmakers’ Summer Fund committee, she became inspired by the efficiency and impact of the model and in 1990, devoted herself to starting a similar Summer Fund for the Greater Lawrence region.

“Betty was a powerful fundraiser for GLSF and brought donors together to work on a common interest in a way that had not happened before. Her love and passion for her City was a vital part of who she was. The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund is a perfect example of all the things she worked so hard to bring to fruition. There are a handful of folks who over the past thirty years have had similar impact, but Betty and the Summer Fund are unique.” –Josh Miner, Stevens Foundations.

The Betty Beland Greater Lawrence Summer Fund is a collaborative donor fund at ECCF that provides support for over 40 summer programs in Greater Lawrence for low income youth. The Fund connects donors interested in supporting summer programs with the agencies that provide quality programs that truly benefit those who attend. These summer enrichment activities are essential for students to sustain the learning of the previous academic year. Without access to them, low income students may fall as much as 3 grade levels behind their more affluent peers.

If you would like to join the Betty Beland GLSF donor collaborative and help support summer youth programs in Greater Lawrence contact Carol Lavoie Schuster at 978-777-8876 ex 33 or via email, c.lavoieschuster@eccf.org.

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