The Gallo Gives Foundation Community Donations

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The Gallo Gives Foundation Awards Fourth-Quarter Community Donations

As part of its ongoing effort to support the community, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty has formed the Gallo Gives Foundation. Foundation earnines from the fourth quarter of 2016 were awarded to the Marine Education Research and Rehabilitation Institute (MERR), Southern Delaware Therapeutic Riding, (SDTR), Lewes Senior Center, and Special Olympics Delaware, while a portion of earnings has been set aside for a college-bound senior scholarship that will be made available in the spring of 2017.



$2,000.00 was awarded to MERR, which is a non-profit stranding response and rehabilitation organization dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and sea turtles. It is MERR’s commitment to contribute to the preservation of these species through research and rescue efforts and to foster greater understanding and appreciation of these species and their habitat through education and enhanced public awareness.  MERR relies on grants, fundraisers, donations, and membership dues and has only one salaried employee.




$2,000.00 was awarded to SDTR, whose mission is to improve the physical and emotional well-being of children and adults in Sussex and Kent counties living with disabilities through equine-assisted therapy and experienced certified instructors, and in doing so, increase the cognitive and social skills, the self-esteem, and confidence of participants. The group’s goal is to increase the number of participants served without compromising the high quality, focused one-on-one therapy sessions that are the heart of the program. In addition to increasing the number of participants served, the group’s own modern and efficient riding center will enable the expansion of the therapeutic offerings to populations such as veterans with disabilities.


$2,000.00 was awarded to the Lewes Senior Center, with hopes of helping them to achieve their mission as they celebrate their 50th year of service in 2017.  Since 1967, the Lewes Senior Center has become a community gathering place where active,  age-50-plus adults come together to laugh, learn, exercise, and have fun.  The center provides social, recreational, educational, cultural, and health-related programs, services and activities that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.


$1,000.00 was awarded to Special Olympics Delaware, whose mission is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for more than 4,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

The remaining funds have been set aside to award two local graduating seniors with $2,500.00 scholarships to assist with their college tuition in the spring of 2017.

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. In addition, Gallo Realty will produce certain events that will benefit the foundation. 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.

About BHHS Gallo Realty

Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty is an award-winning, full-service real estate firm that has been serving the resort region since 1979.  The firm has three main offices, located in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach, with two satellite locations in the Lewes area.  The company is independently owned and operated. Visit for details.

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