As part of a continued pledge to support the communities in which they live and work, the management, agents, and staff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty have formed the Gallo Gives Foundation. The foundation's 2018 second-quarter earnings of $9,250 were awarded to the Joseph Patrick Fabber Foundation, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Jason Anderson Foundation, Milton Little League, Cape Henlopen Senior Center, Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Race for the Ribbon 5K, ESL Program and Rehoboth Art League, while a portion of earnings ($1,250) has been set aside for a college-bound senior scholarship that 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 all agent/staff contributions 100 percent. Public donations will be 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.
Here is some information about several of this quarter’s recipients.
The Joseph Patrick Fabber Foundation received $2,500. The foundation was created by Vinnie Fabber in response to the loss of her son Joseph at age 20. Joseph’s tragic suicide prompted Vinnie and her family to help find a way to prevent suicide and save lives in their community. The organization offers social and emotional support forums, grief and loss support groups, and CPR and first-aid training, as well as kindergarten readiness programs. For more information, go to www.JPFMF.info.
The Cape Henlopen Senior Center received $1,000. Its mission is to enhance the quality of life for local senior citizens by adding life to their years and years to their life. The senior center has thrived since its incorporation in 1966 with a membership of 30. Membership now stands at 1,230. The senior center offers exercise, dance, and arts and crafts classes. It organizes game groups and trips near and far, plus a multitude of other services. The goal of the CHSC is to build a state-of-the-art facility on five acres that it received as a donation. For more information, go to www.capehenlopenseniorcenter.org.
The Jason Anderson Foundation for Youth Sports received $1,000. The organization was founded by the Anderson family after Jason tragically died in an automobile accident in January 2015 at age 33. Sports were an essential part of Jason’s personal and professional life, including his time at Syracuse University, the Syracuse Sky Chiefs, the New Orleans Saints, Dover Motor Sports and the Ohio University Sports Administration program. To ensure Jason’s memory lives on and that his belief of the positive effects of sports can be shared by all children, the foundation seeks to help children participate in a sport that their families may not have the funds for. While its goal is to expand to other markets, including places where Jason lived and went to school, organizers are focusing their efforts in Delaware where his parents, wife, and young son reside. For more information, go to www.jasonandersonfoundation.org.
The Gallo Gives Foundation was a Platinum Sponsor for $750 for the 11th Annual Race for the Ribbon 5K Run/Walk. Created in memory of her late mother Nancy Hendershot, local teacher Stephanie Shuttleworth organizes the race every year and divides the proceeds between a local recipient and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society. This year’s recipient is 5-year-old Arden MacPhee, who is courageously fighting cancer for the second time in her short life. For more information, to donate or to participate in next year’s Race for the Ribbon, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Preservation Matters Exhibition at the Rehoboth Art League received a $500 donation. In existence since 1938, the league was founded as a place where artists could teach, gather, and exhibit their work. Since that time, many works by prominent artists have begun to weather over the years and are in urgent need of conservation treatment. The collection committee has identified works in the most urgent need of treatment and are asking patrons to help support these efforts. For more information, go to www.rehobothartleague.org.
To request assistance for a charity or organization, send information to Vice President Andrew Ratner, BHHS Gallo Realty, 37230 Rehoboth Ave. Ext., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.