Gallo Gives Foundation Awards 3rd Quarter Community Donations

As part of a continued pledge to support the community in which they live and work, the management, agents and staff of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty have formed the Gallo Gives Foundation.  2018 3rd quarter foundation earnings of $9,250.00 were awarded to the CAMPSafe program of CAMP Rehoboth, Sussex Strong of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS, What is Your Voice, Inc., Special Olympics DE and Frets 4 Vets.  A portion of earnings ($1,250.00) has been set aside for a college-bound senior scholarship which will be available in the spring of 2019.

The Gallo Gives Foundation is funded primarily through the company’s agents, management, and staff. Agents are encouraged to donate a percentage of their commissions earned and the firm matches all agent/staff contributions 100 percent.  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.

Here is some information about this quarter’s recipients.

cs$2,500.00 was donated in memory of CAMP Rehoboth’s Co-Founder and Executive Director Steve Elkins who passed away in March of this year. The mission of CAMP Rehoboth is to “Create A More Positive environment in Rehoboth Beach and its related communities.” They do that by promoting “cooperation and understanding among all people” and working “to build a safer and more inclusive community with room for all.” The donated funds were specifically earmarked for CAMPsafe—part of CAMP Rehoboth’s Health and Wellness programming. CAMPsafe provides HIV education and outreach, and offers HIV testing and counseling at the CAMP Rehoboth Community Center and at three satellite testing facilities in Sussex County. In addition to HIV testing, CAMP Rehoboth provides STI testing, sexual health counseling, outreach, condom distribution, and volunteer activities. CAMP Rehoboth’s Health and Wellness Director Salvatore Seeley can be reached at [email protected], for more information about CAMPsafe. To learn more about CAMP Rehoboth, visit

ssGallo Gives Foundation donated $2,500.00 to sponsor the Sussex Strong’s 2018 Gala Auction.  (Sussex Strong is the Community Service Foundation of the Sussex County Association of REALTORS.) Each fall, the organization hosts an auction, in which the total proceeds are used for purchasing winter coats, shoes, boots, holiday gifts, necessities and grocery gift cards for approximately 350 children in need throughout Sussex County.  Social Service agencies identify those in need and local REALTORS volunteer their time to purchase and gift wrap the needed items in time for Christmas! For more details, visit

voice$1,000.00 was donated to What Is Your Voice, Inc., Domestic Violence Peer Support Advocates.  The mission of the organization is to empower women and children to live violence free lives. Their objective is to reduce the risk of women or children repeating the cycle of violence or fleeing from violent homes becoming a statistic of poverty, homelessness, addiction or human trafficking. They provide a Holistic approach of healing through intensive aftercare for the whole person Body, Soul, Spirit.  In addition to the myriad of support services offered, a safe house, (The Pearl House) for immediate shelter for domestic abuse victims and their children was recently opened in Sussex County.  For more information, please visit

soIn year 3 of a 5 year pledge of $5,000, $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.  For more information, please visit


4vLastly, $1,000.00 was awarded to Frets 4 Vets, an organization that “helps veterans defeat PTSD and depression, one chord at a time.” The program is specifically designed to create a coping mechanism to help the student veteran focus their mind in a positive direction instead of a self-destructive path. Each student is provided with16 one-on-one guitar lessons, a loaner guitar and an android tablet with lesson software for practice at home. After their 8th lesson they will be invited to bi-weekly jam session / group get togethers. These non-mandatory sessions will be with a music instructor and possibly musicians from the area. At the end of the 16-week course, the student gets a diploma package that will include a brand new, electric guitar, lap steel or bass, (depending on their lesson selection), that is theirs to keep. Of course, these guitars are handmade in the USA. The guitars in our local Sussex County program are handmade by local Frets 4 Vets chapter founder and artisan Tom Baker, shown in photo.  For more information, visit

To request assistance for your charity or organization, please send information to Andrew Ratner, Vice President, 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 four offices, located in Lewes, Rehoboth Beach and Bethany Beach.  The company is independently owned and operated. Visit for details.

About Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, based in Irvine, CA, is a brand-new real estate brokerage network built for a new era in residential real estate. The network, among the few organizations entrusted to use the world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway name, brings to the real estate market a definitive mark of trust, integrity, stability and longevity. Visit for details.

About HSF Affiliates LLC
HSF Affiliates LLC, based in Irvine, CA is a joint venture of which HomeServices of America, Inc., the nation’s second-largest, full-service residential brokerage firm, is a majority owner. HomeServices of America is an affiliate of world-renowned Berkshire Hathaway Inc.

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