A bequest from sisters, Freda and Sula Soter created the “Athas and Helen Soter (Athanasios and Eleni Karakasis Soteracopoulos) Memorial Fund” to honor their parents. The income from this fund will go to YMCA of Southern West Virginia for programs directed to disadvantaged children, the Raleigh County Public Library and the Beckley Concert Association.
“On behalf of the YMCA of Southern WV, we are blessed by the kindness and generosity of Freda & Sula Soter in making the YMCA part of their plans at BAF through a bequest. The income that the YMCA receives from the designated funds at the BAF is critical support for the work we do to strengthen our community with a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.”
— Jay Rist | CEO, YMCA of Southern WV
“Thanks to the generosity of Freda and Sula Soter, the Raleigh County Public Library will have more funds to continue to provide services the community has come to expect; a well rounded collection of books to share, access to information in a variety of formats, education and entertaining programs for all ages, and a staff who are here to help."
— Amy Stover | Director, Raleigh County Public Library
“Those of us working with Beckley Concert Association have been proud to offer quality music to the area for over 80 years. This effort has only been possible through supporters such as Freda and Sula Soter. They have supported BCA over the years through their continued monetary contributions as well as many, many volunteer hours.”
— Peggy Debnam | Volunteer, Beckley Concert Association
Freda and Sula's parents were ethnic Greeks who were born and reared in Katirli, Turkey, before immigrating to the United States. Freda was a claims representative for the Social Security office and Sula was a supervisor in the business office of a telephone company. Both of them were very involved in the community.
Freda and Sula established another fund at BAF in 2017, to support the Beckley Concert Association and St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church for its outreach, beautification, and arts programming.
Anyone interested in donating to this fund may mail contributions with “Soter23” in the memo to BAF, 1210 South Kanawha St., Beckley, WV 25801 or click the button below to donate online. If you are interested in starting a designated fund or leaving a legacy gift, call BAF at 304-253-3806 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.