Giving Back: Capano Foundation, Operation Warm, Food Bank, SoDel


Capano Foundation donates $225,000 to Exceptional Care for Children

Exceptional Care for Children, Delaware’s only pediatric skilled nursing facility, recently received a $225,000 donation from the Louis Capano Family Foundation toward the construction of their Bridge Unit building.

Exceptional Care for Children was selected as the 2019 beneficiary for the annual Louis Capano Family Foundation Golf Outing that was held in September.

“Exceptional Care for Children is unique in its purpose, mission, and resident population as a whole, which sets us apart from other healthcare providers. In order to continue to meet the unique needs of our children as they age, our organization plans to construct a contiguous building on our campus that will eventually be home to our adolescents and young adults”, says ECC’s Interim Administrator/Director of Nursing, Tracie Martin, says. “A gift of this size is transformational for our organization and we are grateful that the Louis Capano Family Foundation recognizes the growing needs of medically-fragile children and their families in our region.”

Presently, the residents of Exceptional Care for Children must transfer out of their facility prior to their 21st birthday. To fill the healthcare gap that exists between adolescent and adulthood for medically complex individuals, ECC launched a capital campaign to construct the 22-bed skilled nursing building on their property. This building will work to ensure a transition.

“The skill and dedication of the ECC staff is extraordinary,” said foundation President and Capano Management CEO Louis Capano III. “We are proud the tournament and this gift will help support one of the few pediatric skilled nursing facilities in the nation striving to give their young residents as normal a life as possible despite their medical challenges.”

The Louis Capano Family Foundation supports child- and healthcare-relative initiatives. The Foundation’s signature fundraising event is the annual LCFF Golf Outing. To date, this tournament has donated more than $1 million to local charities. The foundation and other Capano entities have given over $3 million to charity through donations, sponsorships, partnerships and grants.

Operation Warm campaign donates a record 2,300 coats

The annual effort that includes a campout was able to donate a record 2,300 coats this year. The coats were distributed to schools in the Wilmington and Newport areas with a high percentage of students living in poverty.

The long-running fall campaign is part of the Delaware Kids Fund from Harvey, Hanna and Associates, a Newport-based commercial real estate development company.

Delaware Business Now is a long-time media sponsor of the campaign.

Perdue, Acme, Harry K and USDA team up to buy $100,000 truck for Food Bank

Perdue Farms, along with the Harry K Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Acme, recently presented a new refrigerated truck to the Food Bank of Delaware as part of the “Drive Out Hunger” truck challenge grant.

The Franklin P. and Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, presented the Food Bank with $57,500 in 2018 and challenged the community to raise the additional $42,500 needed to purchase the $100,000 refrigerated, 26-foot box truck. USDA,the Harry K Foundation and Acme donated $35,000, $15,000 and $7,500, respectively.

This new vehicle will enable the Food Bank to safely transport and re-distribute perishable donations to food-insecure communities throughout Delaware.

“Last year, Food Bank of Delaware vehicles traveled thousands of miles delivering fresh, nutritious foods to ensure that no Delawarean goes without healthy meals,” said Food Bank of Delaware CEO Patricia Dobbe Beebe. “This new truck will enable us to pick up more perishable donations so we can get them into the hands of those who need it most. We are grateful for Perdue’s continued commitment to our mission.”

SoDel Cares raises $110,000 at annual event

SoDel Cares, the philanthropic arm of SoDel Concepts, raised 110,000 at the foundation’s Fifth Annual Fundraiser, held Nov. 8 at Fish On in Lewes, one of the hospitality group’s 12 restaurants.

“This was our best SoDel Cares event to date,” said Scott Kammerer, president of SoDel Concepts. “We owe our success to the sponsors and to the guests who come year after year. The support that we get from the community is incredible. Individuals and businesses donated more than 200 items to our silent auction, which broke our record for monies raised.”

The foundation was created after the death of SoDel Concepts’ founder, Matt Haley, in 2014. Haley, a noted philanthropist, was the recipient of the 2014 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award.

Sponsors this year included M&T Bank, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Alsco, the Matthew James Haley Trust, DBS, the Joshua M. Freeman Foundation, L&W Insurance, Congressional, Breslin Contracting and Transformative Dynamics.

“I’m so proud that our team stepped up to the plate and helped create such a fun and memorable event,” Kammerer said. “Everyone brought their A game.”

During the event, Meals on Wheels Lewes-Rehoboth (MOWLR) received recognition for serving more than 200 homebound seniors a day.

SoDel Care supports local organizations that help children, at-risk youth and adults, and the elderly. The foundation’s primary mission is to contribute in a positive way to the communities in which SoDel Concepts does business. Past beneficiaries have included MOWLR, Cape Henlopen Food Basket, Primeros Pasos, Surfers Healing, the Boys & Girls Club of Delaware, Camp Barnes, the Cape Henlopen Education Foundation, and the Harry K Foundation.

SoDel is a Coastal Delaware group of a dozen restaurants and related operations.

Golf tourney for Beebe raises $41,000

The 2nd Annual Tom King Nine & Dine at Mulligan’s Pointe in Georgetown. The tournament attracted 48 golfers and over 150 dinner guests and raised more than $41,000 for Beebe Healthcare, Lewes.

The late Dr. Vincent Killeen was recognized as an honoree during the event. The Tom King Nine & Dine committee chose to honor Dr. Killeen for his years of service to Beebe Healthcare and the community. Proceeds will go to Beebe Healthcare’s Women’s and Children’s Department.

Killeen founded Bayside Health Association in 1988 and acted as the President and CEO until his passing in 2017. During his 35 years in Obstetrics and Gynecology, he pioneered minimally invasive and robotic surgery at Beebe Healthcare.

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