Giving Back: Beebe campaign raises $45 million; United Way fund-raising day, Sallie Mae Dream scholarship; SoDel donates $10K to Harry Kving back, Citi Foundation,


Beebe Medical Foundation announced the “I Believe in Beebe Campaign” raised $45.4 million – exceeding its $34 million goal.

The four-year campaign surpassed all previous Beebe fundraising campaigns; the previous highest total was $12.5 million for Vision 2005.

“What’s been really inspiring from some of those investments is that they’ve been from grateful patients who our Beebe heroes have saved and changed their lives, and they wanted to give back to say thank you for that amazing care that they’ve received,” said Judy Aliquo, CEO of Beebe Medical Foundation.

Part of those expansion projects will begin opening in 2020 when the South Coastal Health Campus opens its freestanding emergency department and cancer center near Millville in May and July, respectively. Coming in 2022, the Rehoboth Health Campus will feature Specialty Surgical Hospital that will house the Center for Robotic Surgery.

Renovations and additions are also ongoing to the Margaret H. Rollins Lewes Campus where a new hybrid operating room – the first of its kind in Sussex County – will open in January, and where a new interventional cardiology lab opened earlier this year.

Thanks to the $10 million gift from Randall and Margaret “Peggy” Rollins of the Ma-Ran Foundation, patients, visitors, and community members are beginning to see more defined entrance and a new lobby near the parking garage at the Lewes Campus, which is expected to be completed in early 2020. Various projects inside are also ongoing to improve patient stays.

United Way, Spur Impact to hold online fundraising day in March

United Way of Delaware and Spur Impact Association are partnering to broaden the reach and impact of UWDE’s Do More 24 Delaware initiative, a 24-hour statewide day of giving aimed at helping participating nonprofits generate unrestricted operating funds. The online fundraising blitz begins on March 5, 2020 and concludes on March 6, 2020.

The two organizations will jointly promote Do More 24 Delaware and participating nonprofits will create customized pages on Spur’s “Delaware Gives” online platform. The platform makes it easy for nonprofits to engage potential donors in all age groups and demographics, including millennials and young professionals, and to solicit and collect donations. In addition to what they raise from their supporter and peer-to-peer networks, participating nonprofits will be eligible for incentive funds provided by foundation and corporate donors, bonus stretch pool funds and other cash incentives.

Commenting on the basis for the partnership United Way of Delaware CEO Michelle A. Taylor said, “The bottom line is this: we believe this new

“While workplace campaigns remain an important part of United Way’s strategy, this new partnership improves our capacity to connect directly with donors and potential donors outside the workplace. We have significantly improved our access to a wider audience, especially millennials and young professionals, which is an audience that can be difficult to reach at the workplace level,” Taylor stated

Charlie Vincent, Executive Director of Spur Impact, said he is excited about partnering with UWDE to rally Delawareans around a large-scale philanthropic event. “Thousands of professionals live and work in Delaware and are looking for ways to get involved and make an impact in their community, often through nonprofit service. We see Do More 24 Delaware as a great opportunity to activate philanthropy among the next generation of donors and to provide the nonprofits serving Delaware with an easy and meaningful way to showcase their mission and raise real dollars in the process.”

Over the next three months, UWDE and SI will be holding workshops to help nonprofits maximize their participation in Do More 24 Delaware. Nonprofits looking to participate in Do More 24 Delaware are asked to contact Schlonn Hawkins at

Gill gets Sallie Mae “Dream” scholarship

Nicole Gill, a senior at Newark Charter High School, was surprised with a $25,000Bridging the Dream Scholarshipfrom Sallie Mae.. Nicole was attending a college planning assembly with more than 320 of her classmates when she was revealed as a winner by Sallie Mae Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Donna Vieira.

The assembly featured a performance by national hip-hop artist and former teacher,Dee-1. Nicole’s family and staff members from the offices of Senator Chris Coons and Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester were also in attendance. In addition, State Senator David Sokola presented a tribute on behalf of the Delaware State Senate. Nicole is one of nine scholarship recipients nationwide.

Bridging the Dream Scholarship nominations were submitted by school and community leaders to recognize high school juniors and seniors who excel in academics, athletics, community service, or school activities but may face personal or financial challenges when looking to fulfill their college dreams. Nicole was nominated by her college counselor, Ryan Mitchell.

A student-athlete, Nicole continues to overcome her challenges fromcystic fibrosis. She is the vice president of her school’s Technology Student Association, the dance captain of her school’s musical, and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to pursue a career in engineering.

Since 2016, Sallie Mae has awarded $560,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students through the Bridging the Dream Scholarship Program. This year, $225,000 will be awarded, including $40,000 raised directly by employees.

SoDelCares makes $10,000 donation

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, recently donated $10,000 to the Harry K Foundation, a Rehoboth Beach, Delaware-based nonprofit dedicated to helping Delaware children who are facing food insecurity.

“As a hospitality group, our mission is to feed guests nourishing and delicious food,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts, which has 12 restaurants in coastal Sussex County, Delaware. “We take that goal seriously in our restaurants and in our communities. Harry and his foundation members are doing critical work to help those in need.”

Founded by jeweler/entrepreneur Harry Keswani, the Harry K Foundation works with the Food Bank of Delaware to open food pantries in schools and community and health centers.

Junior Achievement partners with Citi

Junior Achievement of Delaware has partnered with the Citi Foundation’s Pathways to Progress Youth Workforce Fund to provide Work-Based Learning opportunities for underserved local students.

The JA Employability Project focuses on three distinct populations of vulnerable youth by involving them in Junior Achievement’s 21st Century Skill building experiences to prepare them for success in the workplace.

Students with developmental disabilities, incarcerated students, and students from low-income family situations are participating in a series of Junior Achievement volunteer-led interventions ranging from career fairs, to job shadows, to running their own small businesses.

The $100,000 grant includes funding for culminating paid internships and part-time employment at Junior Achievement for 42 young people, ages 16-21. These positions will be awarded on a competitive basis.

One hundred sixty-five unduplicated students have been served in point-of-entry experiences thus far, including students with Autism enrolled in Junior Achievement’s Brennen Immersion & Business Programs, students at the New Castle County Detention Center, and students running their own businesses at JA Company Program corporate host site CSC and community host site Christina Cultural Arts Center.

Students involved in the juvenile justice system at the New Castle County Detention Center, Ferris School, Stevenson House, Cleveland White School and the Silver Lake Treatment Center will have opportunities to participate in Junior Achievement interventions at these on-site facilities which will make them eligible to apply for internships and/or Part-time jobs once they have been released.

Brennen School students enrolled in the Brennen Immersion Program will apply and interview for paid internships that could lead to part-time employment. One former Brennen Immersion Program student has been employed with Junior Achievement for four years and the opportunity may exist for one or more of the Citi funded part-time jobs to become a more permanent situation for these students.

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