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News from Kay Reynolds, Bedford County Endowments

Successful Diamonds & Ice Gala (see photo, above)
The Diamonds & Ice Gala is an annual black-tie optional fundraiser, hosted by Omni Bedford Springs Resort and Spa, to benefit three not-for-profit organizations. The 6th annual event was held on January 31, 2015. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Bedford County Humane Society, Your Safe Haven, Inc., and the Bedford County Endowments/Bedford County Arts Fund. Make your plans now to attend the 2016 Gala, which will be held January 30.

Kayla Jones Day
The Bedford County Commissioners proudly declared June 24, 2014, Kayla Jones Day in Bedford County, with the following proclamation:
Whereas Kayla Jones is the 11-year-old daughter of Rick and Julie Jones of Bedford, Pennsylvania; and WHEREAS, in October 2009 Kayla was hospitalized at UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital with severe pneumonia; and WHEREAS, Kayla, being inspired by the kindness of a shift nurse during her stay in the hospital who brought her stickers, coloring books, crayons, and a stuffed animal; resolved to Pay It Forward by sharing the same kind of compassion to others who are hospitalized; and WHEREAS, Kayla’s compassionate vision has developed far beyond a personal resolution to Pay It Forward into a fund program of the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies called “All 4 Smiles Fund”, established through the Bedford County Endowments to help purchase donation supplies; and WHEREAS, in the years since her hospitalization, Kayla has not just personally given back, but has, what one might say, “contagiously” spread her passion through public speaking both before various civic organizations and in her school to show others the reality of her dream come true and how they too can help; and WHEREAS, numerous donation deliveries to UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital have been made and continue to be made to the extent that the program’s budget to facilitate the need has grown to approximately $6,000.00 for the year 2014.
NOW THEREFORE, WE THE COMMISSIONERS OF BEDFORD COUNTY, do hereby proclaim the 24th day of June, 2014 as Kayla Jones Day in Bedford County, Pennsylvania and urge the citizens of Bedford County to recognize the full value of true compassion and encourages the citizen of Bedford County to help Kayla continue to Pay It Forward by donating to the “All 4 Smiles Fund” through the Bedford County Endowments.
Congratulations, Kayla!

The Walter C. Allen, Jr. Fund
We are grateful to announce this past year the Walter C. Allen, Jr., fund was established through a bequest of nearly $2 million from Mr. Allen to support the Memorial Hospital of Bedford County. Mr. Allen was born on July 20, 1916, in Bedford. He was a graduate of Bedford High School and then Lehigh University, class of 1938, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He was a member of America’s Greatest Generation, enlisting in the Army Signal Corps in 1942 and honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant in May of 1946. He first worked for the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission as a construction inspector. He then retired in 1977 from the United Telephone Company as a Chief Engineer. He was a member of the Bedford Presbyterian Church, the Bedford Elks Lodge #1707, American Legion Post #113, Life Member of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, and the Telephone Pioneers of America. Mr. Allen’s legacy to Bedford County is a wonderful, lasting testament to his care for his home.

Bedford County Endowments Funds

All 4 Smiles Fund
*Walter C. Allen, Jr. Fund U/W FBO Memorial Hospital of Bedford County Fund
Lynn and Craig Ashe Fund
Thomas E. Bailey Memorial Scholarship for UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital Fund
Rick and Trudy Barefoot Fund
Bedford County Arts Fund
*Bedford County Bar Association Scholarship Fund
Bedford County Children, Youth and Families Fund
Bedford County Community Christmas Fund
Bedford County Community Fund
Bedford County Food Bank Fund
Bedford County Humane Society Capital Campaign Fund
Bedford County Library Fund
Bedford County Regional Education Foundation Fund
Bedford Summer Music Festival Fund
Blackburn Fund
Paul Carbaugh Memorial Award Fund
Chestnut Ridge Christian Fund
Community Foundation – Everett Area Fund
Copley Fund for Critters
Diamonds & Ice (Gala)Fund
Everett Cash Mutual Centennial Scholarship Award Fund
Keystone Christian Leadership, Career Development and Community Improvement Fund
Lymphedema Fund
Job Mann Trust Fund
Memorial Hospital of Bedford County Foundation Fund
Music Mechanics Fund
William Obert Scholarship Fund
People for Parks Fund
William I. Plank Scholarship Fund
Reynolds Family Fund
Shuster Family Scholarship Fund
Kevin A. Stultz Scholarship Fund
Thousand Book Endowment (Everett Free Library)Fund
UPMC Bedford Memorial Hospital Employee Emergency Fund
Dr. Bert and Lucile Wiley Scholarship Endowment
Virginia Jean Wright Endowment for Tenley Park Fund
WWII Monument Fund
Your Safe Haven Fund

*New funds

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