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Owners of Kells Restaurant & Pub help to support a care foundation for children.

COURTESY PHOTO - The owners of Kells Restaurant and Pub help to support medically-fragile children. A new endowment established by Lucille and Gerard McAleese, owners of Kells Restaurant & Pub, will help support some of the region's most vulnerable children.

Providence Child Center Foundation recently dedicated the Kells for Kids Endowment Fund established by Lucille and Gerard McAleese, owners of Kells Restaurant & Pub and long-time supporters of Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. The new endowment supports in perpetuity the unreimbursed costs of providing skilled nursing care, specialized therapy, equipment and activities for the center's medically fragile children.

"We are so grateful to the McAleese family and their remarkable, longstanding generosity as we help care for some of our region's most vulnerable children," said Laurie Kelley, president and chief development officer of Providence Foundations of Oregon. "We thank them and their dedicated staff at Kells for all their efforts in raising awareness and donations to support our special children at the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children."

Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children offers the only pediatric residential facility in the Northwest providing 24-hour skilled nursing care for children with profound disabilities and complex medical needs on a long-term, short stay, sub-acute and end-of-life basis.

Since 1993, Kells patrons have tossed bills and coins into the air and they adhered to the ceiling of the pub. Those proceeds are scraped from the ceiling during the annual "Green Rain" event, matched by the McAleese family, and given to the Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children. This has resulted in nearly $250,000 over the years.

By Mandy Feder-Sawyer
Reporter, Beaverton Valley Times
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