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Fred Beans dealerships donate $30,000 to support Hepatits B Foundation’s high school programs


The Hepatitis B Foundation’s (HBF) High School Science Enrichment Program received a $30,000 donation from the Fred Beans Family of Dealerships to support its research program for outstanding high school students.

Additional funding was donated by Softerware, Inc., Weis Markets, Inc., and Lafayette Ambassador Bank. HBF offers an intensive two-week summer program, as well as year-round after-school opportunities for motivated high school students. Students work in state-of the-art research labs under the supervision of professional scientists at the Hepatitis B Foundation’s research arm, the Baruch S. Blumberg Institute.

“The Hepatitis B Foundation, and its Baruch S. Blumberg Institute, are committed to training the next generation of scientists,” said Timothy Block, PhD, co-founder and president of both nonprofit organizations.

“We are grateful for the generosity of the Fred Beans organization, Softerware, Weis Markets, and Lafayette Ambassador Bank, which allows us to continue to offer local students the opportunity to learn about research, biotechnology, and entrepreneurship through hands-on lab experience.”

“We love being able to provide funding for high school students to get hands-on experience in the biotech research labs,” said Beth Beans Gilbert, vice president at Fred Beans Family of Dealerships. “We hope with their increased knowledge the students will choose career paths in the scientific field.”

The HBF’s High School Science Enrichment Program is funded through Pennsylvania’s “Educational Improvement Tax Credit” (EITC) program, a state tax credit program that allows businesses to receive tax credits for corporate state tax dollars for donations in support of educational enrichment.