The late Dr. Pearse Lyons was an innovator, entrepreneur and philanthropist who believed in making a difference in the lives of others. In 1980, he founded Alltech to improve the health and well-being of Animals, Consumers and the Environment (ACE). Today, Dr. Lyons’ legacy lives on through the Pearse Lyons ACE foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that supports the philanthropic endeavors of Alltech and the Lyons family..
We are committed to supporting the communities in which we live and work around the world. Several of our ongoing community engagement projects help support underserved families and vulnerable populations.
These projects include efforts in Serdan, Mexico, where volunteers dedicate their time to the children living at a local orphanage, providing mentorship and sponsoring projects that improve their care. The Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation has supported “Hogar de Amor y Protección al Niño A.C.” with critical infrastructure projects, such as repairing bathroom facilities, updating their play yard and installing much-needed safety features, including security balconies, gates and lighting. Essential items like clothes and shoes have been donated, along with an industrial-sized refrigerator.
The Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation also made a cash donation of $25,000 to the orphanage, which was used to install solar panels at the request of the orphanage director. This sustainable measure yields a significant cost savings for the orphanage and aligns with Alltech’s commitment to the environment.
Pearse believed that education is the primary catalyst for success and that progress is driven by insatiable curiosity.
In the aftermath of a devastating earthquake in Haiti, Pearse supported the construction of three primary schools. Today, those schools are still supported by the Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation, which ensures the education of more than 1,200 children.
In the Philippines, we are rebuilding an elementary school, where more than 900 students now have access to new computers and science equipment.
In Kentucky and Ireland, more than a dozen state-of-the-art science laboratories have been built at primary schools. Inspired by Pearse’ brother, the late Father Kevin Lyons — a priest who was dedicated to improving the lives of children — the Lyons family hope to inspire students to have greater curiosity about the world around them.
Our initiatives also include the Alltech Vocal Scholarship Competition, which provides vocal students the opportunity to attend the University of Kentucky and join the UK Opera Theatre to pursue their musical dreams.
Our efforts include addressing the urgent needs of farmers and their communities amid natural disasters.
When a historic hurricane caused flooding that devastated Texas farmland, Hope After Harvey was launched to support ranchers and farmers. With resources from the Pearse Lyons ACE Foundation, team members were deployed to support repairs and provide supplies.
In Australia, bushfires ravaged more than 10 million hectares in early 2020, claiming lives and killing wildlife and livestock. Farmers, ranchers and producers, who were already enduring persistent drought, were unable to source supplies, including feed. The Australia Farming Relief Fund helped provide goods and services directly to affected farmers, coordinated on the ground by Alltech family companies Alltech Lienert Australia and KEENAN Australia.
In August 2020, several Iowa communities were devastated by an extreme weather event known as a derecho, with wind gusts estimated to have reached a peak speed of 140 miles per hour. The storm slammed the Midwest, gaining strength as it plowed through Iowa farm fields, flattening corn and destroying grain bins filled with tens of millions of bushels from the previous year’s harvest. The Iowa Derecho Devastation Relief Fund provided goods and services to farmers and the local communities that were directly impacted.
“The legacy I would like to leave is, ‘we made a difference.’” –Dr. Pearse Lyons, philanthropist and founder of Alltech
A native of Dundalk, Ireland, Dr. Pearse Lyons was an innovative scientist who immigrated to the United States in the late 1970s with his young family — his wife, Deirdre, and their daughter, Aoife, and son, Mark — and a dream. His vision — to sustain the planet and all things living on it by applying his yeast fermentation expertise to agricultural challenges — came to life in his home garage.