Gallo Gives Foundation awards community donations


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

The 2018 fourth-quarter foundation earnings of $7,750 were awarded to: the Community Resource Center (CRC), Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC), Rehoboth Beach Public Library, Delaware Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) and the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. In addition, a portion of earnings ($1,250) has been set aside for two college-bound senior scholarships, which will be available in the spring of 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 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 (CRC), which is funded by the Lewes-Rehoboth Association of Churches, grants and private donations.

The mission of the CRC is to help individuals and families get to the next step in their journey toward self-sufficiency and stability with dignity and respect. The CRC is staffed with more than 50 trained volunteers. To participate, visit www.rehobothcommunitycenter.org.

The Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens (DFRC) was awarded $1,500. DFRC is dedicated to raising funds and consciousness in support of programs that enrich the lives of Delawareans with intellectual disabilities. The private nonprofit organization is dedicated to identifying and funding 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 high schools across Delaware as students of outstanding character who are also exceptional football players.

The game showcases the DFRC’s Hand-in-Hand buddies and the 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 donate, visit 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. In addition, funds will help promote awareness of the functions, resources, services and needs of the library. To participate in the Fourth Annual Rehoboth Run-for-the-Books 5K race, visit www.raceroster.com.

The Delaware Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) was awarded $500. LLS is the largest funder of cutting-edge research to advance cures. “We have invested more than $1.2 billion in research. We are leaders in advancing breakthroughs in immunotherapy, genomics and personalized medicine.”

Specifically, the funds were donated on behalf of LLS Representative Autumn Davis. During the spring of 2019, Davis will be running in Delaware’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student of the Year (SOY) campaign. The objective of the campaign is to compete in a friendly manner with other Delaware students. The winner is rewarded with not only 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 the campaign, call (302) 228-4457 or visit www.lls.org.

Lastly, 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 (Rehoboth Bay, Indian River Bay and the Little Assawoman Bay).

One of the programs that supports that mission is the “Don’t Chuck Your Shucks” shell recycling program, which collects spent oyster and clam shells from local restaurants for use in projects that directly benefits the Inland Bays. The shells are then used in local habitat-restoration projects to help restore oyster populations to the Inland Bays.

The funds donated will be allocated to purchase the mesh bags for the restoration. To volunteer and to learn more about the Inland Bays, contact the organization at www.inlandbays.org.

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