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Beazley Foundation, Inc.
Fred Beazley wanted to give back to the community that gave so much to him while he was growing up.
Thus, the Beazley Foundation was born.
had a warm spot in his
heart for young people who were less fortunate than he
Today, the Foundation continues its concentration in these areas as well as the other areas for which Mr. Beazley
had a passion, education and human services.
Fred W. Beazley
Beazley Foundation, Inc. 3720 Brighton Street, Portsmouth, VA 23707
Phone (757) 393-1605, Fax (757) 393-4708
Fred Beazley's name is not ...
Fred Beazley's name is not commonly known in Hampton Roads.
Yet every year since 1948, the foundation that Beazley endowed has provided millions of dollars of grants, scholarships, and aid to some of the most deserving organizations and institutions in the area.
The Chesapeake Care Free Clinic, Chesapeake Service Systems, Eastern Virginia Medical School, the Cancer Care Foundation of Tidewater, Lee's Friends, the Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia, the Union Mission, Tidewater Pastoral Counseling, Help and Emergency Response Center ( H.E.R.), and the Beazley Senior Center are but a few of the scores of needy charitable organizations that benefit from the generosity and foresight of Fred W. Beazley.
himself is the personification of a real life Horatio Alger "rags to riches" story.
Born in the early 1900s, he left school at the age of 15 needing $15 to purchase a horse drawn carriage.
dream was to deliver coal door to door.
Through hard work and determination, he
became a self-made millionaire and continued to prosper until the stock market crash of 1929 and the Great Depression that followed.
Despite hard times and tremendous financial loss, Beazley
rebounded when he
had the opportunity to purchase a failing ice company in Atlanta, Georgia.
Under his the leadership, the company began to prosper, and today we know that company as Southern Ice, the largest company of its type in the United States.
returned to the Tidewater area in 1948 as an extremely wealthy man.
many business associates considered Fred Beazley
a frugal businessman yet his
close friends and family knew that Beazley
was extraordinarily generous with his
That same year, he
endowed the Beazley Foundation
family have bequeathed a wonderful gift to the Hampton Roads area," the former First Citizen of Chesapeake explains, "He
never forgot the opportunity he
missed as a youth when he
dropped out of school.
Education has always been the hallmark of the Beazley Foundation's giving.
Eight years after his family endowed the Beazley Foundation, Mr. Beazley formed a companion entity called the Foundation Boys Academy which operated a private secondary school for boys known as Frederick Military Academy.
This school later morphed into Frederick College
In 1968, the entire college was gifted to the Commonwealth of Virginia to become part of the Community College System.
The charter of the original Foundation Boys Academy
was amended in 1986, and it eventually merged with the present day Beazley Foundation.
Its original mission was expanded to include charitable, religious, and educational purposes.
On July 13, 2010, Beazley
was honored by Gov.
A bigger than life 8 ft. tall bronze statue of Beazley
was unveiled at the college entrance.
Noting the significance of the opening of the state of the art college bearing the name of its benefactor, Judge Bray said, "This is Mr. Beazley's
Beazley Foundation, Inc., Our History
Beazley Foundation, Incorporated was established in December 1948 with funds provided by the late Fred W. Beazley, his wife, Marie C. Beazley, and son, Fred W. Beazley, Jr., all of Portsmouth, Virginia.
In February 1956, Mr. Beazley formed a companion entity, Foundation Boys Academy, to operate a private secondary school for boys, Frederick Military Academy, and, later, a college, Frederick College, both named to honor Fred Beazley's deceased father.
The College was gifted to the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1968 to become a part of the Community College system, now Tidewater Community College
, and the Academy closed in 1985.
Shortly thereafter, in 1986, the Charter of Foundation Boys Academy
was amended to change its name to Frederick Foundation
and embrace an expanded mission, with the continued financial support of Mr. Beazley
In 1993, Frederick Foundation
merged into the present Beazley Foundation
From the inception of the Foundation, the needs of community and young people have been the primary focus of Mr. Beazley's
Health care, housing, education, recreation and like concerns have resulted in substantial Foundation grants to an array of organizations and programs serving South Hampton Roads.
Today, Mr. Beazley's
legacy continues with the enduring commitment of the Foundation and its Board of Trustees to improve the quality of life of our neighbors and provide greater opportunity for our children.