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Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations 

February 17, 2019

Embarking on the third year of supporting the community through the foundation, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty have continued to watch the Gallo Gives Foundation flourish. 

The 2018 fourth-quarter foundation earnings of $7,750 were awarded to the Community Resource Center, Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens, Rehoboth Beach Public Library, Delaware Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. A $1,250 portion of earnings also has been set aside to go toward two college-bound senior scholarships, which will be available in spring 2019.  

The Gallo Gives Foundation is funded primarily through the company’s agents, management and staff. Agents are encouraged to donate a percentage of their commissions earned, and the firm matches 100 percent of all agent and staff contributions. Public donations are accepted as well. Each Gallo Realty office, in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, is represented by individuals who serve on the foundation’s giving committee. The committee researches community charities in need and recommends funding. The foundation is managed by the Greater Lewes Foundation. 

Gallo Gives awarded $2,500 to the Community Resource Center, which is funded by the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, grants and private donations. The center’s mission is to help individuals and families get to the next step in their journey toward self-sufficiency and stability with dignity and respect. The center is staffed by more than 50 highly trained volunteers whose tireless efforts help make their mission a success. For more information, to volunteer or to donate, go to www.rehobothcommunitycenter.org.

The Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens was awarded $1,500. This well-respected Delaware foundation is dedicated to raising funds and consciousness in support of programs that enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disabilities. The private, nonprofit organization identifies and funds programs based on community need. The funds donated will benefit the Blue-Gold All-Star Game. The Blue and Gold squads consist of senior players chosen from across Delaware as students of outstanding character who are also exceptional football players. The game showcases the foundation’s Hand-in-Hand buddies and Delaware’s finest high school students who participate as football players, cheerleaders, band members and school ambassadors. Proceeds from the game are used to support programs for individuals with intellectual disabilities throughout Delaware. To get involved with DFRC or to donate, go to www.dfrc.org.

The Rehoboth Beach Public Library was awarded $1,500 for the upcoming Run-for-the-Books 5K race. All benefits raise funds for materials and programs that are not supplied by the library budget. Funds also will help promote awareness of library functions, resources, services and needs. To participate in the Fourth Annual Rehoboth Run-for-the-Books 5K race, go to www.raceroster.com.

The Delaware Leukemia and Lymphoma Society was awarded $500. The society is at the forefront of the fight to cure cancer. Compared with other blood-cancer nonprofits, the society is the largest funder of cutting-edge research to advance cures. The LLS has invested more than $1.2 billion in research. It is a leader in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine.

Specifically, the funds were donated on behalf of LLS representative Autumn Davis. This spring, Davis will be running in Delaware’s Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Student of the Year campaign, with the objective to compete in a friendly manner with other Delaware students. The winner is rewarded not only with the Student of the Year title, but also with a college scholarship. However, Davis said, “The greatest reward of all is knowing that the contributions being made are going to touch a substantial number of patients and families fighting blood cancer.” To learn more about LLS and to support Davis in this campaign, call 302-228-4457 or go to www.lls.org

Gallo Gives donated $500 to the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, which is a nonprofit organization and National Estuary Program dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring Delaware’s Inland Bays – the Rehoboth, Indian River and Little Assawoman bays. One of the programs that supports this mission is the Don’t Chuck Your Shucks shell recycling program, which reclaims spent oyster and clam shells from local restaurants for use in projects that directly benefit the Inland Bays. The shells are used in local habitat-restoration projects to help restore oyster populations to the Inland Bays. The funds donated will be allocated to purchase mesh bags for the living shoreline restoration. To volunteer and to learn more about the Inland Bays, go to www.inlandbays.org.

To request assistance for a charity or organization, send information to Andrew Ratner, vice president, BHHS Gallo Realty, 37230 Rehoboth Ave. Ext., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.