From 2003 to 2020, the Arthur O. & Clara M. Schlegel Memorial Fund of Berks County Community Foundation awarded almost 300 grants totaling more than $1 million in Berks County.
The Schlegel Fund provides grants to Berks County children who suffer from a diagnosed condition that creates a permanent structural or superficial deviation resulting in disfigurement and have a family that is unable to pay for treatment. Expenses that may be covered include direct and indirect medical expenses, such as travel costs associated with treatment.
An example of a project that was funded were two lifts for Ethan Pyles, a Reading-area teenager, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy, which currently has no cure.
At a cost of $15,060, the Schlegel Fund paid for the lifts and for them to be installed to improve his quality of life.