Giving back: Rollins School of Nursing, Highmark, Community Foundation, High 5 Hospitality


$1.1 million gift to School of Nursing for faculty development

Beebe Healthcare, Lewes, announced a gift of $1.1 million from the Ma-Ran Foundation to create an endowment for the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing faculty. The funds will be used to support advanced degrees and professional development.

“The Rollins family’s generosity continues to amaze me,” said Karen Pickard, school of nursing Program Administrator. “We have become close friends throughout the years. Randall and Peggy see the importance of education and professional development and the impact it will have on the long-term vision of the School.”

The new Margaret H. Rollins Endowment Fund will be used “solely for the purpose of supporting professional development and continuing professional education of the faculty at the Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing at Beebe Healthcare.

The Rollins family has supported Beebe for more than 30 years. In 2011, Randall and Peggy Rollins donated $3 million through their Ma-Ran Foundation toward the expansion and naming of Beebe Healthcare’s Margaret H. Rollins School of Nursing, previously the Beebe School of Nursing.

This project, completed in 2015, doubled the capacity of the school and replaced the 50-year-old dormitory with a new three-story, 18,000-square-foot-building containing new, modern classrooms and clinical laboratories.

In 2017, the Ma-Ran Foundation’s $10 million was the largest gift received by Beebe, largest in Sussex County, and one of the largest in the state.

With that gift, renovations are underway on the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus, and will include a more defined main entrance with a new lobby, a scenic corner at the east entrance, and renovation of patient rooms.

Highmark announces $580,000 in grants

Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware recently awarded six grants, totaling $580,000, through itsBluePrints for the Communitygrant program.

“As a Delaware health care leader we are focused on a healthier Delaware, and the organizations receiving these grants have a proven track record of making a positive impact throughout our State.” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware. “Highmark Delaware is proud to support their important efforts to increase access to care and reduce health disparities.”

Highmark Delaware establishedBluePrints for the Communityin 2007 as a donor-advised fund at the Delaware Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization that manages and administers charitable funds throughout the state.

Since its inception in 2007, theBluePrints for the Communitygrant program has awarded more than $13 million to Delaware nonprofit organizations.

Grant recipients include:

  • Bayhealth Foundation — $100,000

oThe grant will support expansion of Bayhealth’s Palliative Care program.

  • Catholic Charities — $120,000

oCatholic Charities will useBluePrintsfunding to support underserved Delawareans receiving outpatient mental health treatment, including telepsychiatry services, to address emotional, behavioral, and mental health concerns.

  • Delaware Hospice — $100,000

oThis grant will support Delaware Hospice’s New Hope program. New Hope, created in 1990, provides care to grieving children and adolescents..

  • ITN Southern Delaware – $60,000

oITN Southern Delaware, a non-profit all-volunteer transportation cooperative that provides transportation to seniors 55+ in Sussex County for medically related services.

  • Rodel – $100,000

oBluePrintsfunding will support Rodel’s Delaware Readiness Teams as they implement a statewide project to educate families on their important role in supporting healthy child development.

  • YMCA of Delaware – $100,000

oThe grant will support the expansion of the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and increase capacity to serve 600 participants statewide. Funding will increase access to DPP by offering additional class locations and provide scholarships to underserved individuals, primarily in Kent and Sussex County.

Chowdown fundraiser raises more than $22,000

The southern chapter of The Next Generation (Next Gen South) of the Delaware Community Foundation raised more than $22,000 at its Seventh Annual Chowdown for Charity at Maple Dale Country Club.

In the friendly culinary competition, Po’ Boys Creole Restaurant was dubbed “Chowdown Champion 2019,” and Chaiyo came in second place, beating out signature dishes from competitors Brickworks Brewing & Eats, The Greene Turtle Dover, Maple Dale Country Club, Hammerheads, Lefty’s Alley & Eats, La Hacienda, Wild Quail Country Club, Meding’s Seafood, and Roma Italian Ristorante.

“We are so pleased to be able to say that this was our most successful Chowdown for Charity yet, nearly doubling last year’s proceeds” stated Samantha Hemphill, Chowdown for Charity chair, “If not for the support of this community, we would not have been able to achieve this.”

Over 275 attendees enjoyed food, drinks by EasySpeaks and Mispillion River Brewery, and ended the night with cookies and coffee provided by House of Coffi.

“Funds raised from this event will stay in our Kent and Sussex communities to help our neighbors struggling with addiction.” Verity Watson, Next Generation South President stated, “Our 2019 grant cycle is about to start and I encourage any nonprofit working in this space to reach out for more information.”

High Five announces $10,000 donation

High 5 Hospitality donated more than $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Newark and the Nemours Fund for Children’s Health.

The donations came from the High 5, 5K Fundraiser formerly known as the Buffalo Run. It was the eighth year for the event, which has aided the Boys & Girls Club branch.

High 5 is the Buffalo Wild Wings franchisee in Delaware and a portion of Maryland, and also owns Stone Balloon Ale House and Limestone Barbecue in northern Delaware.

Nearly $7,600 went to the Boys and Girls Club, with the remainder allocated to the Nemours fund.

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