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Beach Foundation establishes First Call For Help fund

5/1/2013

Special to The Hays Daily News

Special to The Hays Daily News

One of Kansas' oldest and most respected philanthropic institutions, the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation Inc., has established a $15,000 permanently endowed fund for First Call For Help, a Hays charitable organization, with the Heartland Community Foundation.

"The Beach Foundation has always recognized the needs charitable organizations have and again has stepped up to the plate to establish an endowed fund whose earnings will provide financial support for First Call For Help for years to come," said Mendi Alexander, HCF board chairwoman.

Troy Hickman, executive director of First Call For Help, said, "We were surprised, excited and honored to receive this award from such a community-giving organization as the Beach Foundation. Our group had discussed creating a fund within the Heartland Community Foundation for the last couple of years, but we could not generate the resources to make it happen. With this generous gift, we are finally able to do so. All of us at First Call For Help want to thank the Beach Foundation for this wonderful gift."

Carrie Edwards, executive secretary of the Ross and Marianna Beach Foundation Inc., said, "We are very excited to establish this endowed fund for First Call For Help at the Heartland Community Foundation. We strongly believe in First Call For Help's mission, and by establishing a fund at Heartland, we hope this will motivate and encourage others to learn about and support First Call For Help as well."

Anyone can contribute a tax-deductible gift to the First Call For Help fund. Send a check, made out to the Heartland Community Foundation but earmarked for the First Call fund, to P.O. Box 1673, Hays, KS 67601.