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Endowment fund will help at-risk youth

NIAGARA FALLS – Family and Children’s Service of Niagara has established the Martha H. Beeman and Judge William L. Kellick Endowment Fund, which was created to help at-risk youth while honoring the two advocates for youth services in Niagara County.

Beeman was a local philanthropist who helped provide for the needs of children with funding to establish clinical services.

The funding supported the Beeman Child Guidance Clinic as well as services at Family and Children’s Service of Niagara. The Martha H. Beeman Foundation disbanded in 2011.

The remaining funds were distributed by the United Way of Niagara and a portion of the assets were given to Family and Children’s Service of Niagara to support youth services.

Kellick was the first family court judge to serve in Niagara County in 1963. He was reelected to two 10-year terms. He was an active community advocate for youth and youth services in Niagara County. He served as a member and president of the Board of Directors of both Family and Children’s Service of Niagara and the Beeman Child Guidance Clinic. He was also a strong supporter of Casey House, which opened in 1995 to help runaway and homeless youth.

The fund was called “a fitting tribute” to help at-risk youth, by Ken Sass, president and CEO of Family and Children’s Service.

Their organization will be the custodian of the fund, which is open to contributions at any time. To make a donation contact Jennifer Tresch in the Development Office at 285-6984. Family and Children Service of Niagara is a private, non-profit agency, which has provided a wide range of services for the past 120 years. Since the early 1980s they have provided services to runaway and at-risk youth. Casey House has sheltered nearly 3,000 youth from all parts of Niagara County.