Beaumont Foundation of America

Reaud Guest House Executive Director Brooke Morrow

Whether it’s two in the morning or two in the afternoon, trips to the hospital are tiring, not only for the patient but also for those who are there to offer support to their loved one in a time of need. Waiting-room chairs and sofa beds stationed in busy lobbies and crowded hospital rooms leave little escape for the patient support group wanting some long-awaited shuteye or a refreshing shower.

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The Beaumont Foundation of America recently awared $75,000 to the Southeast Texas Food Bank to help strengthen its mission of feeding the hungry in Southeast Texas. The funds were specifically awarded to help improve access to nutritious food for low-income residents in underserved communities in the eight counties within the food bank’s service territory.

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Marlene Cardena; Norma Sampson, executive director at Gift of Life; Regina Roger

Through the support of Jon Huntsman Sr., board member of the Beaumont Foundation of America, 34 medically underserved Southeast Texas women received free Gift of Life clinical breast exams and mammograms on the UTMB mobile van at Cristo Rey Catholic Church in Beaumont last week. One client who had an abnormal mammogram screening was referred immediately for diagnostic testing, which is also completely underwritten by the Gift of Life.

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Brown family

Hunger is a silent epidemic that affects the lives of more than 50 million Americans every day and can cause mental and physical problems, impact academic achievement and even hamper economic productivity. But through the efforts of the East Texas Food Bank, supported by both large donors like the Beaumont Foundation of America and the contributions of individuals, no one needs to starve.

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Effective teachers not only educate, but also create memories that remain with their students for a lifetime. They don’t just know the content they teach; they know how to explain it. It’s the algebra teacher who takes the time to go over the Pythagorean theorem repeatedly for those who don’t understand it in class and stays after school to work with those same students on his or her own time for as long as needed until they do.

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Lamar University and the Beaumont Foundation of America have announced the 15th in a series of Southeast Texas Legends Scholarships, this one honoring Walter Umphrey, founding partner of Provost Umphrey Law Firm. The $100,000 endowed scholarship will assist underserved Lamar University students, said Lamar President James Simmons.

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