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Local animal shelters benefit from Gopalan Fund

April 17, 2014
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation along with Dr. and Mrs. Raja Gopalan announce the establishment of the Raja and Sandy Gopalan Fund to Benefit Lakeshore Humane Society and Northern Chautauqua Canine Rescue of Westfield. Building on their fondness and concern for animals, the Gopalan's Designated Fund will provide needed assistance to both facilities on a yearly rotation. In February 2014, a grant check was presented to the Lakeshore Humane Society.

The Lakeshore Humane Society is a nonprofit, all volunteer organization, committed to helping protect the welfare of all animals and providing animal care education to the community. Located at 431 East Chestnut Street in Dunkirk, Lakeshore Humane Society was founded in 1980 under the name of The Dunkirk Humane Society. It was later renamed to reflect its expanded area of service which includes the entire north end of Chautauqua County.

Dr. and Mrs. Gopalan are dedicated to northern Chautauqua County. In 2011, the couple established a nursing scholarship for employees of Brooks Memorial and Lake Shore Hospitals who desire to earn a Registered Nursing degree. Well liked and respected in the community, the Gopalan's live in Fredonia and have two daughters and five grandchildren.

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Diane Hannum, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation Executive Director (left) along with Sandy and Dr. Raja Gopalan (center) present a grant check to Bob Ehrheart, Lakeshore Humane Society President and Ann Bowers, volunteer.

If you would like information on creating a fund at the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation, please call us at 716-366-4892. We welcome your questions and are happy to work with you on establishing your legacy.

The NCCF is one of nearly 700 community foundations in the United States today. Founded in 1986, the NCCF is committed to improving the community through the promotion of local philanthropy, strategic grantmaking and community leadership. Served by a small staff and governed by an all-volunteer board of directors, the organization has distributed over $9.4 million in the form of grants and scholarships within the community. Truly community in nature, the NCCF is an organization created by and for the people of northern Chautauqua County. For more information, visit



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