About the Foundation

      Past International President Al Brandel  and Lion Dr. Maureen Murphy

  During their years on the Board of Lions Clubs International, Past President Al Brandel and Lion Dr. Maureen Murphy celebrated the "Everyday Heroes" who performed "Miracles Through Service".

  Throughout their travels they were frequently drawn to a cause close to both of their hearts - children.

  For 20 of his 35 years as a Detective with the Nassau County Police Department on Long Island, NY, Past President Al had been assigned to the Juvenile Aid Bureau specializing in cases involving child abuse, missing children and domestic violence involving children.

  His partner in service, Lion Dr. Maureen, is a medical doctor whose specialty is Pediatric Anesthesia.

  They have seen first hand how the lives of children can be transformed through dedicated service. When their time on the Board was over it was their dream to form a Foundation dedicated to that same cause - helping the lives of children in need. That dream has now become a reality with the formation of The Brandel - Murphy Lions Youth Foundation.

 

The Foundation

  At the conclusion of his year as International President, 2008 - 2009, Al and Maureen decided to place all the donations and gifts they had received throughout his campaign into the Foundation that bears their name. With this large amount of seed money, a Board of Trustees was formed and a plan was put into effect.

  Since 2011, through the generosity of Lions throughout Multiple District 20 (New York State and Bermuda) and around the world, the Foundation has distributed over $142,000 through both our $2,000 matching Humanitarian Youth Grants and our $2,500 Emergency Youth Grant programs. Due to the efforts of those Lions who have applied for these grants nearly 83,000 children in need have received assistance.

  To learn more about these grants and how to apply for them, click here.

  Shown below are the campers of a special Diabetes Awareness Summer Camp sponsored by the Suffolk County Lions Clubs with grants from both the NY State and Bermuda Foundation and the Brandel - Murphy Lions Youth Foundation.

To learn more about the foundation and how your Lions club, zone, or district can begin helping children in need in your community, just click here to download our informational brochure.