Giving back: Food Bank, Draper Holdings, Beebe, Bayhealth


Beebe Healthcare campaign raises $29 million

The Beebe Medical Foundation and Beebe Healthcare announced the I Believe in Beebe Campaign on October 29 with $29 million raised to date.

The goal set for the I Believe in BeebeCampaign is $34 million.

The funds will be used to support Beebe ’s expansion projects.

Now moving into the public phase of the campaign, Beebe aims to raise an additional $5 million over the next 18-months to support expanded services.

The I Believe in BeebeCampaign is the largest campaign in Beebe’s 102-year history and the largest campaign in Sussex County.

For an overview of Beebe’s expansion plans, visit:

Margaret and Randall Rollins’ gift of $10 million in July 2017 helped to accelerate the efforts of the campaign; their gift will go to enhancements at the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, including converting semi-private rooms to private rooms, enhancements of the west entrance, and additional parking. Peggy and Randall Rollins are the Honorary Chairs of the I Believe in Beebe Campaign.

Beebe Healthcare broke ground on November 1 for its South Coastal Health Campus in Millville, which includes a second comprehensive cancer center and freestanding Emergency Department.

Also included in Beebe’s plans are a new specialty surgical hospital on its Rehoboth Beach Health Campus, which will eventually house the health system’s women’s health service. Additionally, Beebe is applying to build an additional freestanding Emergency Department in Georgetown.

$250,000 donation made to Bayhealth by Draper foundation

Bayhealth Foundation President Lindsay Rhodenbaugh accepted a $250,000 contribution from Draper Holdings Charitable Foundation, Inc. for theCampaign for Bayhealth – Phase III.

Draper, who made the commitment prior to his passing, death, although he had never given to a health care institution before, he was doing so in response to the vision for southern Delaware that the Bayhealth Sussex Campus represented.

Draper Holding owns television and radio stations on Delmarva.

Visit for information about the new Bayhealth Sussex Campus.

Islamic Relief makes $25,000 donation to Food Bank

Islamic Relief USA presented the Food Bank of Delaware with a $25,000 donation for the Backpack Program this afternoon. In addition to supporting the program financially, representatives from the organization also volunteered to assemble bags.

The Backpack program provides food to children in need for weekends and holidays when school is not in session and federal school meal programs are not available.

Backpacks are stocked with kid-friendly, nutritious foods including cereal, shelf-stable milk, and juice, microwaveable meals such as macaroni and cheese and beef stew and more. This $25,000 donation will enable the Food Bank of Delaware to provide weekend meals for an entire school year to 148 schoolchildren.

Last year the Food Bank of Delaware distributed 170,942 meal bags to more than 5,000 children each week.Food and informational flyers for the backpacks are packed by volunteers, and the Food Bank Delaware delivers the bags to participating sites weekly.

“Islamic Relief USA wants to make sure students have access to nutritious meals,” said Naeem Muhammad, U.S. programs manager for Islamic Relief USA. “This grant will make it possible for children to continue receiving healthy meals. We value the work of the Food Bank of Delaware and this contribution helps make progress toward that goal.”

A mission to replace worn American flags

David Pinder is on a mission to replace worn American flags.

The Navy veteran (his father, grandfather and most men in his family also served in the Navy) works as a network maintenance supervisor for Comcast in Delaware.

About a year ago David replaced a worn American flag outside his office.

That sparked an idea. He approached Comcast’s Veteran’s Network (VetNet) about replacing customer and neighbor’s tattered flags as well.

Pinder, along with a small group of employees have replaced 70-plus American Flags free of charge around the New Castle County area through the Freedom Flag Program.

In honor of Veterans Day, Comcast is teaming up with the VFW to give the worn flags they’ve collected a proper retirement. On Thursday, November 8, 50-plus flags will be retired.

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