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United Way to establish fund in memory of Renee Beyer


LOWVILLE — United Way of Northern New York plans to honor late Lewis County senior planner Renee J. Beyer by establishing a fund in her memory to assist county non-profit organizations.

“Her death caused a great void not only in Lowville but throughout the north country,” said United Way CEO Robert D. Gorman.

The “Renee Beyer-United Way Fund,” an endowment administered through the Northern New York Community Foundation, is to generate money that the United Way’s Community Review team in Lewis County may direct to a county nonprofit organization.

A news conference has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the second-floor legislative chambers at the Lewis County office building, North State Street, to officially introduce the new memorial fund.

Donations to the endowment will likely need to reach the $100,000 mark before interest dividends may be given out, Mr. Gorman said.

However, there has already been interest in contributing to the new fund, and, once that goal has been reached, the fund will allow the United Way to “make a bigger impact” on Lewis County organizations, he said.

Mrs. Beyer died of injuries suffered in a two-vehicle crash in April in the town of Harrisburg.

Along with her work with the county Economic Development and Planning Department since 2005, Mrs. Beyer and her husband, Dean, operated Aspen Knoll Cabins located on the Swernicki Road in Lowville. She was also a graduate of the inaugural class of the Lewis County Leadership Academy in 2012, a member of the Double Play Sports board, a former member of the Hand In Hand Early Childcare Center board and a team sponsor and coach for youth soccer.

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