Rep. Kelly Presents 3rd District Community Champion Award to Lawrence County Student

May 30, 2018
Rep. Kelly with Grace Beal, founder of Layups for Lucy, and her parents Corrie and David
Rep. Kelly Presents 3rd District Community Champion Award to Lawrence County Student

Local student founded organization to raise funds for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh; $70,000+ raised to date

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Mike Kelly (PA-03) presented his quarterly 3rd District Community Champion Award to Grace Beal, founder of Layups for Lucy, yesterday evening at Neshannock High School in New Castle, PA.

Excerpts of Rep. Kelly’s official commendation for Ms. Beal:

In 2009, when Grace was just 7 years old, her youngest sister Lucy died of a congenital heart disease. The loss of 11month-old Lucy was an absolute tragedy that devastated the entire Beal family and led to a painful mourning period. However, in the midst of grief, Grace developed a sincere desire to honor Lucy’s memory and make a difference for those who will unfortunately experience similar circumstances.

When Grace reflects on Lucy’s journey she is reminded of the hardships but also recalls the kindness and compassion her family received from the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh (CHP). Even after all of these years, Grace is quick to praise the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and applaud their unwavering dedication to patients and families in need of support.

By seventh grade, Grace created “Layups for Lucy” which initially began as a 3-on-3 basketball tournament but has developed into much more. Now an annual event, Layups for Lucy has raised over $70,000 and continues to evolve and prosper each year. Grace was invigorated by raising money and helping others, which led to her decision to create a Layups for Lucy fund and become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Grace is quick to attribute the success of the event to the involvement of her friends and family, Neshannock High School students and staff, and members of the New Castle community who have been actively involved and extremely generous.

In sum, Grace displayed resilience in the face of adversity. She turned her pain into passion and created a commitment to helping others. Grace has demonstrated outstanding civic and charitable responsibility and has thrived as a leader, encouraging others to get involved and give back. Although she has already accomplished so much, Grace has no plans to slow down now. Grace is energized by helping others and she will continue to strive for greatness and uplift those in need, however necessary.

In serving her community, the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, and the memory of her sister Lucy, Grace is an absolute inspiration. Her compassion and generosity have positively influenced the lives of many and will continue to do so for years to come. Therefore, on behalf of the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania, I would like to express sincere gratitude and appreciation to Grace Beal, an admirable young lady, a selfless individual, and a true Community Champion.

Click here for a local report by WFMJ 21 News on yesterday’s award ceremony. 

BACKGROUND: The 3rd District Community Champion Award is a quarterly citation instituted by the Office of U.S. Representative Mike Kelly in January 2015 to recognize and thank service-minded individuals throughout Pennsylvania's Third Congressional District for selfless and significant contributions to their surrounding communities. Each winner is presented with an official award plaque from Rep. Kelly’s office, a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol building, and a statement of congratulations entered into the official congressional record.

NOTE: More information about Layups Lucy can be found here.