The Gallo Gives Foundation Awards Second-Quarter Community Donations

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As part of its continual effort to make a difference in the community in which it lives and serves, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty’s Gallo Gives Foundation awarded its 2017 second-quarter earning donations to PCAD (Prevent Child Abuse Delaware), Meals on Wheels, Gardenia House, and the Greater Lewes Community Village, while a portion of earnings has been set aside for two college-bound senior scholarships that will be made available in the spring of 2018. The second-quarter donations and scholarship funds total $10,750.

· $2,500 was awarded to PCAD (Prevent Child Abuse Delaware). Since 1978, PCAD has been providing resources and training to make sure every child has a safe and nurturing childhood, one free of abuse and neglect. Programs provided by the organization include: personal-safety education programs for schoolchildren; child sexual-abuse prevention through the Stewards of Children Program; education efforts focusing on partnering with parents and strengthening families; training workshops for home visitors, foster parents, and childcare providers; and advocacy and public-awareness activities to promote community involvement and support. The Gallo Gives Foundation funds will be directly applied to Sussex County programs. To learn more about PCAD, visit

Photo Above: left to right: Gallo Gives Foundation Committee members Maureen Kyritsis and Tricia Ratner; Prevent Child Abuse Delaware’s Director of Advancement Lynn Wong; Gallo Gives Foundation Committee members Patsy Carpenter and Chet Carbaugh; PCAD volunteer and REALTOR® Harry Wooding; and BHHS Gallo Realty’s Vice-President Andrew Ratner.

left to right: Gallo Gives Committee members Tricia Ratner and Chet Carbaugh; Katherine Wilkinson, SVP Commercial Market Executive of Fulton Bank and Presenting Sponsor of Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch; Pete McMahon, executive chef of Highway One Group and co-lead of Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch Committee; Gallo Gives Foundation Committee members Patsy Carpenter and Maureen Kyritsis; Ritchie Francia, vice-president of Fulton Bank and Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch Committee member; Meals on Wheels Delaware Executive Director Anne Love; and Gallo Gives Foundation Committee member and BHHS Gallo Realty Vice-President Andrew Ratner.

· $2,500 was awarded to Meals on Wheels, specifically for the Celebrity Chefs’ Beach Brunch, which benefits the downstate meal-delivery program. Meals on Wheels Delaware is a nonprofit organization that provides and delivers meals every day to nearly 4,000 homebound seniors. Working with five meal-providing agencies and thousands of volunteers from corporations, civic, religious, and community groups, senior citizens are given the opportunity to retain their independence, maintain good health, and receive assistance when needed. For more information, visit

· $2,500 was awarded to the Gardenia House in Georgetown, Delaware. Purchased through the Lee Ann Wilkinson Group by Neil and Catherine Shister and managed by Carmelite Nun Sister Rosa Alvarez, the Gardenia House is a “safe home” for single mothers and their children who might otherwise be homeless. Most of the women are employed in the local poultry industry, which supplies most of the chicken consumed on the East Coast. To learn more, visit

· $2,000 was awarded to the Greater Lewes Community Village, which is a volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated tohelping older adults live independently at home for as long as possible. The Village provides volunteer support, services, and programs that enhance the lives of members by helping them remain engaged in a variety of social, educational, and cultural activities. For more information, visit

The remaining second-quarter funds of $1,250 have been set aside to award two local graduating seniors with $2,500 scholarships to assist with their college tuition in the spring of 2018.

The Gallo Gives Foundation is funded through the company’s agents, management, and owners. 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. To request assistance for your charity or organization, please send information to Andrew Ratner, BHHS Gallo Realty, 37230 Rehoboth Avenue Ext., Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971.

left to right: BHHS Gallo Realty Vice-President Andrew Ratner, REALTORS® Patsy Carpenter and Chet Carbaugh; Gardenia House Founder Neil Shister and his son Will; Gallo Gives Foundation committee member Rental Agent Maureen Kyritsis and REALTOR® Tricia Ratner.
left to right: Greater Lewes Community Village Board Members Janice Erich, Lacy Letonoff, and Jackie Sullivan; Gallo Gives Foundation Committee members BHHS Gallo Realty Vice-President Andrew Ratner and REALTORS® Patsy Carpenter, Chet Carbaugh, Maureen Kyritsis, and Tricia Ratner



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