The Mary Beth Gallagher Youth Legacy Fund

A Note from her daughter, Leah Gallagher

The Mary Beth Gallagher Youth Legacy Fund of Interfaith Philadelphia was
established by our father, John W. Gallagher, Sr., after our beloved mother’s passing
in 2016. As an Interfaith Philadelphia Board Member and Chair of the Development
Committee, he wanted to perpetuate our mother’s legacy by creating a fund dedicated
to serving underserved youth in the Greater Philadelphia area. Our mother, known for
her acts of generosity and humility, was committed to the wellbeing of others,
especially children.
 
This year, a portion of the funds will give 40 youth throughout Philadelphia an
incredible week at the virtual, Interfaith Youth Neighborhood Mosaic Program . This
program offers middle school students from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to
learn about the religious and cultural diversity of their community while also
empowering them to explore and celebrate their own identity. Participants are sent
Activity Kits prior to the program, and spend the week engaging in workshops, faith
community visits, and art activities designed to strengthen their communication skills,
increase their religious/cultural literacy, and cultivate empathy and solidarity with one
another.
 
This program captures the spirit of our mother. Growing up in a large Italian Catholic
family with deep roots in South Philadelphia, my mother learned the importance and
love of family. As she grew older and her family expanded, my mother’s first priority
was always children. Her love of children extended from our big family to the
community. She was a selfless soul. She was loved. She was our mother.
 
I am proud to serve as Chair of the Fund’s Steering Committee, with the support of
my siblings. This Fund ensures that youth – in their most formative years – will have
the opportunity to be a part of a life-changing experience. Your added support will
allow us to carry the legacy of our mother, Mary Beth, and our family into the
future.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Leah Gallagher

Steering Committee Chair
Mary Beth Gallagher Youth Legacy Fund of Interfaith Philadelphia

For more information about the Mary Beth Gallagher Youth Legacy Fund, please contact Sara Zebovitz at ssz@interfaithphiladelphia.org.

 

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