The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


February 3, 2013

Myers Family Fund established at the Beckley Area Foundation

Many citizens of Raleigh County have enjoyed major benefits afforded by life in southern West Virginia. We live in a wonderful place to work, play, raise a family, make lifelong friends and retire. Fortunately, there are people like Anne and Hal Meyers who understand that it is important for each of us to identify ways we can repay our blessings.

This couple has established the Anne and Hal Myers Family Fund at the Beckley Area Foundation. The fund will generate income every year to support the Foundation’s community grant program. Dozens of Raleigh County nonprofit charitable organizations depend upon this pool of funds to address changing needs for equipment upgrades, workshops, special events, supplies and other assorted programs.

“I have served on the BAF Distributions Committee for two years and reviewed grant proposals seeking discretionary funding,” commented Hal. “I was impressed with the way the grants were handled, and wanted to give back to our community. I want this new endowment to provide much needed additional assistance to the worthy organizations that have helped to build our community. We recognize that these organizations are frequently underfunded.”

Anne added, “Having taught in this community for so many years, I recognize the impact that BAF has on vital programs from which we all benefit. I would like to see the impact of the community foundation continue for our posterity.”

Harold C. Myers is from Woodbury, N.J., and graduated from Woodbury High School; he then earned a degree from Virginia Wesleyan in Norfolk, Va.

Elizabeth Anne Cherrington Myers (nee: Davenport) grew up in Belle and graduated from Du-Pont High School. Her entire family was from Beckley and Mabscott. She earned an undergraduate degree from West Virginia Wesleyan and completed graduate work at West Virginia University.

Hal has retired from the West Virginia Parkways Authority, and Anne has retired after 27 years of service teaching in the Raleigh County Schools. They have one daughter, Amy Elizabeth, who is married to Maj. Brian Lewis Hard. Amy is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and WVU.

Anne and Hal have many diverse interests. Hal enjoys fishing, reading, music, movies, plays, traveling and participating in the United Methodist Temple church choir. Anne keeps busy with reading, Bible study, traveling, plays, music and scrapbooking.

“I have loved this area since I was a child, and I am thrilled to join Hal in this effort to make a positive impact for the area and the people I have loved so well,” continued Anne.

The Myers took advantage of the Neighborhood Investment Program state tax credits and a challenge grant offered by the Massey Foundation for donors who start or add to existing BAF unrestricted endowments. Additional information can be obtained about these opportunities by contacting the Foundation office.

“We welcome donations for designated charitable organizations, scholarship funds, donor-advised funds and field of interest funds,” commented Michael Cavendish, president of the BAF Board of Directors.

“However, gifts that grow our discretionary funds are especially valuable,” Cavendish said. “By pooling income from named unrestricted funds such as the one established by the Myers, we can address larger requests and respond to changing needs in our community.”

Anyone can make a gift in any amount to Myers Family Fund.

Make checks payable to BAF-Myers Family Fund and mail to Beckley Area Foundation, 129 Main St., Suite 203, Beckley, WV 25801.

“This would be a perfect opportunity for students and parents to ‘give back’ in appreciation of Anne’s many years of service in our school system,” added Susan Landis, executive director of BAF.

Text Only
  • Stories give us kinship with strangers

    Editor’s note: This column by the late Bev Davis originally was published April 10, 2010.
    My dad was a coal miner. By the time I came along, he was working above ground as a tipple foreman.

    April 19, 2014

  • momrun Just do it W.Va.!

    “Missy’s here — we’re not going to win. Missy’s here…”
    Learning she was a perceived threat from two women whispering at the starting line behind her, women she had never met from among the hopping, stretching, Lycra-clad crowd, had one effect on Missy Burleson — a smile spreading as far as her feet were about to sprint her.

    April 16, 2014 5 Photos

  • living will 1 Decision day

    Pastor Roger Pauley and his wife Marcia were — like so many other baby boomers — charged with the responsibility of making decisions for their aging parents. For the pastor’s father, death was sudden.

    April 13, 2014 2 Photos

  • BAF approves community grants

    Beckley Area Foundation Board of Directors has approved $160,737 to fund forty-four projects throughout Raleigh County between April 2014 and March 2015.

    April 13, 2014

  • Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg unveils upcoming events

    Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg has a variety of events planned for the spring and summer.

    April 13, 2014

  • Singer named an Outstanding Young American

    President Bill Clinton, Elvis Presley, Wayne Newton and General Chuck Yeager have one thing in common, they are all past recipients of the United States Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Americans award. For over 75 years, the United States Junior Chamber (Jaycees) has recognized the 10 young men and women – under the age of 40 – who best exemplify the highest attributes of the nation’s emerging generation. The U.S. Jaycees is pleased to name West Virginia’s own Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. to the 2014 Ten Outstanding Young Americans who will be honored at the 76th annual black-tie awards ceremony – to be held June 28, 2014, at the BWI Airport Marriott Hotel in Baltimore, MD.

    April 13, 2014

  • alderson americorps Alderson Main Street welcomes its new Americorps member

    The members and friends of Alderson Main Street welcomed their new Americorps member, Lynda Howe, at its recent monthly meeting.

    April 13, 2014 1 Photo

  • Tractor pull event coming to State Fairgrounds in May

    The West Virginia Grand Nationals N.T.P.A. Championship pulling event debuts at the State Fair Event Center in Lewisburg Memorial Day weekend.

    April 13, 2014

  • Djembes Drumming workshop to be held

    The New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education is sponsoring a Djembes Drumming workshop on Tuesdays for six weeks beginning April 29.

    April 13, 2014

  • Learn basic sewing at NRCTC

    The New River Community and Technical College Office of Workforce Education will offer a basic sewing class in Lewisburg in May.

    April 13, 2014